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Windows 7: Windows 7 requires both HDD drives plugged in to boot up

19 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Windows 7 requires both HDD drives plugged in to boot up


I have searched around here for my problem and can't find a solution to my problem.

I have two SATA HDD's plugged into my computer, one of them has the operating system on it and the other one has my old XP installation and loads of others, although might have been formatted.

When I tried removing the old XP one the computer does not boot up after bios, with the error along the lines of:

"Can not find the boot device, please insert..."

Any ideas?

It'll be nice not to have a Hard drive in there that I am not using, cheers!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Remove the old drive.
Then boot to your Windows 7 DVD and perform a startup repair.
Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Windows 7 requires both HDD drives plugged in to boot up

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