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My computer won't start without auxiliary backup hard drive

I have a 3 tb Seagate hard drive that I recently upgraded to following viral infection on my old hard drive. I also have a backup 320 gb WD caviar blue drive. I recently tried starting the computer with the backup drive removed, and it won't start. It comes to the CD drive boot screen and says please insert boot disk.

I am positive that windows is installed on the 3 tb Seagate. Why can't I start the computer without the backup drive?

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    cspj said:
    I have a 3 tb Seagate hard drive that I recently upgraded to following viral infection on my old hard drive. I also have a backup 320 gb WD caviar blue drive. I recently tried starting the computer with the backup drive removed, and it won't start. It comes to the CD drive boot screen and says please insert boot disk.

    I am positive that windows is installed on the 3 tb Seagate. Why can't I start the computer without the backup drive?

    Thanks


    What OS?
    Assuming Windows 7, where is the "System Reserved" partition? That is the boot information. Generally ~100MB.
    If that is on your secondary drive....that's what Windows needs.
  2. USAFRet said:
    cspj said:
    I have a 3 tb Seagate hard drive that I recently upgraded to following viral infection on my old hard drive. I also have a backup 320 gb WD caviar blue drive. I recently tried starting the computer with the backup drive removed, and it won't start. It comes to the CD drive boot screen and says please insert boot disk.

    I am positive that windows is installed on the 3 tb Seagate. Why can't I start the computer without the backup drive?

    Thanks


    What OS?
    Assuming Windows 7, where is the "System Reserved" partition? That is the boot information. Generally ~100MB.
    If that is on your secondary drive....that's what Windows needs.


    Thanks, it is windows 7 looks like there are ways to move the boot partition like this one: http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/11294-moving-boot-manager-different-drive.html. Do you think this is doable?
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