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Windows 7: Bios showing HDD in windows bot priority and not SSD?

17 May 2015   #11
kazuya2015

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post

So why do you think you have any problem?

I believe he is seeing this as the problem:
Bios boot order:
  1. CD drive
  2. SSD
  3. HDD
  4. Windows boot priority (in brackets it has my HDD model)
yep just what TVeblen said


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17 May 2015   #12
kazuya2015

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I installed that partition tool dsperber mentioned to check MBR/GPT

and you was right TVeblen the ssd is MBR and HDD is GPT!
I haven't reinstalled like you said yet, just trying to get a better understanding of the MBR/GPT.
Just reading through the link you posted!

here is a SS from the partition tool could come in handy


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17 May 2015   #13
kazuya2015

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A quick read through and I think I may have to install windows on my HDD to convert the SSD to GPT drive?
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc725671.aspx

I'm going to carry on reading this to see if theres any other possible solutions............
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17 May 2015   #14
TVeblen

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The conversion to GPT is normally destructive to the disk's file system.
However I seem to recall that Partition Wizard has a tool to do the conversion, but I can't recall if that is destructive also. Since you have PW you might check that out.

Another idea, although I have never tried this, is to make a disk image of your current System Reserved and C drive, then wipe the drive clean using Diskpart, then initialize the disk GPT (or use the PW tool with out the Diskpart part), then restore the image to the new GPT drive.

Using the Diskpart Clean command will erase the MBR file table, then when you hook the drive up to a PC running Windows you will get a window asking you to initialize it - either MBR or GPT. This whole process takes some time. Just converting the drive to GPT using PW would be faster.
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25 May 2015   #15
kazuya2015

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Sorry for the very late reply
I tried to get someone to connect my ssd to their computer and covert my ssd with partition wizard (partition wizard is destructive). Would of been so much simpler but his not really willing to understand or help...

Making a disk image? Sounds complicated but I'm always up for learning something new...
OOr should I just install Windows on hdd (no updates or drivers) then use PW or disk part on the ssd?
I still haven't played witcher 3 T_T
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25 May 2015   #16
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kazuya2015 View Post
Or should I just install Windows on hdd (no updates or drivers) then use PW or disk part on the ssd?
Or...
If you are willing to just do a fresh, clean install of Windows 7, why not just clean the SSD, Format it GPT, and then just do the fresh installation?

The create and restore a Disk Image solution was offered only in the case that you wanted to preserve the current installation. If that is unnecessary then it would be far easier and more reliable to do it the other way.
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25 May 2015   #17
kazuya2015

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yeah that will work, to be honest I didn't fully set up my pc after upgrading to an ssd because of this wierd windows boot manager thing

just one question, when you say clean the ssd and re install do you mean just put the windows cd in and install like that?
also should I do anything to the hdd? safe to leave the partitions on it, EFI partition etc
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25 May 2015   #18
mjf

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I also don't really understand exactly what is meant by "4. Windows Boot priority".

Re: the GPT/MBR issue. I believe you can convert (non destructively) to GPT but it appears messy to me and I've never wanted to try it. There is nothing wrong with MBR for drives <= 2TB. Your 1TB HDD seems empty so why not unallocate it, initialize it MBR and format it (NTFS primary). Then leave your SSD MBR.
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25 May 2015   #19
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I also don't really understand exactly what is meant by "4. Windows Boot priority".

Re: the GPT/MBR issue. I believe you can convert (non destructively) to GPT but it appears messy to me and I've never wanted to try it. There is nothing wrong with MBR for drives <= 2TB. Your 1TB HDD seems empty so why not unallocate it, initialize it MBR and format it (NTFS primary). Then leave your SSD MBR.
The machine won't boot because Windows must be on a GPT disk in a mixed disk system. Either all drives must be MBR, or the SSD must be GPT also.

You will only experience the Windows Boot Manager option (Windows Boot Priority) on a UEFI system.
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25 May 2015   #20
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kazuya2015 View Post

just one question, when you say clean the ssd and re install do you mean just put the windows cd in and install like that?
No, you will need to wipe the drive to make it unallocated so that you would be prompted to initialize it GPT the next time it is recognized in Windows. You can use Windows DISKPART utility to do this task.
Alternately, you could use Partition Wizard to delete all partitions (deleting all data) and then convert it to a GPT disk.
Then you can install Windows from DVD or USB stick onto the fresh, clean, GPT disk.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kazuya2015 View Post
also should I do anything to the hdd? safe to leave the partitions on it, EFI partition etc
You can leave the HDD alone. However, you should disconnect it while installing Windows on the SSD.

You will also want to delete the C: drive, Windows partition from that drive as soon as you are sure the SSD is booting and operating as expected. If you have 2 Active partitions and 2 Windows installations existing at the same time that could cause new boot problems.
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