Two Active Partitions - No errors yet, but is this a problem?

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  1. Posts : 133
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
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    AddRAM said:
    You are totally confused, windows files are on C and your data is on the hard drive it will stay there, don`t worry about that.

    Before you do anything, just pull Disk 0 and see if windows boots, if it does, you won`t have to do anything but put the SSD on Sata Port 0 and you`ll be fine

    When fixed right your boot order in the bios should be...

    1st DVD drive
    2nd SSD
    3rd disabled
    4th disabled
    5th disabled.
    Sorry to drive you crazy.

    When you say pull the drive, I assume you mean physically remove it, the same way I would if I were swapping it out as I have done in my old laptop. Right?

    If I do that, and it still boots, is there a software method to change the SSD to work from SATA Port 0? I know how to change Drive letters, but I assume it isn't that simple.

    When I then reinstall the HDD, would I have to assign it to a new SATA port myself, or will the operating system do that?

    And yes, as soon as I click Save on this post I will go look for a tutorial that covers this.
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  2.    #22

    Not normally will System partition move with any other than Startup Repair or a Reinstall.

    Another way to avoid having to swap cables or drives is to convert any preceding Primary partition to Logical, which is easy to do with How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard .

    If you're not satisfied with Factory Recovery, look over these steps for doing a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7
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  3. whs
    Posts : 26,210
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

    I think I know what happened here. When they installed the OS on the SSD, they did not disconnect the HDD. And since the installer has this habit of grabbing the first disk it finds to place the bootmgr, it landed on the HDD.

    If you ever reinstall the OS on the SSD, you have to pull the HDD out. Or do what Brian and Greg recommend which is swapping the SSD and HDD in the disk bays.
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  4. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Greg recommended switching cables, which a laptop doesn`t use
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  5.    #25

    What did I just suggest in my last post?
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  6. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    No, there is no software, if it boots fine by itself, you just put the ssd where the hard drive is, the hard drive is now on sata port 0.

    Why are you making this so difficult ? I have explained it over and over again.

    This is a laptop, THERE ARE NO CABLES, you just install the hard drive and slide it in to connect it to the connectors, there are no cables.
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  7. whs
    Posts : 26,210
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

    Brian, we hear you load and clear, LOL
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  8. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Maybe you do, but she doesn`t
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  9.    #29

    I explained why swapping the drives is also optional, because it might not even make the OS drive DISK0 as we sometimes see, and the problem can be avoided simply by converting any preceding Primary partition to Logical.

    So it is is completely optional to move the drive, in spite of Brian's hysteria.

    And I'm quite aware a laptop doesn't have drive cables.
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  10. whs
    Posts : 26,210
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

    As I said earlier, it is the boot sequence that matters and not the port. But for a possible future reinstall, it is better to have the SSD on port0. Else the same will happen and the bootmgr will land on the HDD - unless you take the HDD out during installation.
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