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PC boots from secondary HDD; no BIOS option to automatically boot from C:

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August 10, 2013 6:40:35 PM

Setup:
Running windows 8 on an HP Envy laptop.

C:\ newly installed SSD for OS and apps
D:\ original HDD
F:\ recovery partition on old HDD

Issue:
If the old HDD is connected, the system will always try to boot anything on that first. I formatted D: but now it boots recovery F: on startup.

What I've Tried:
I can manually boot the right disk each time from "boot options." However under "boot order" it will let me pick Hard Disk first ("OS boot manager" I think), but it will not let me pick which one.
Screenshot of BIOS
Screenshot of MSConfig

I swapped the physical locations of the drives on the mobo (so SSD plugged in to "HDD 2"), and it booted normally just once.

Is there anything else I can try to get my PC to boot this drive automatically?
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August 10, 2013 7:25:33 PM

1. The BIOS should have another option where you can move the SSD up to set it as the main hard drive.
2. Or try resetting the BIOS to defaults.
3. A third option that should work is repairing the boot loader with the installation disc. Click the link for instructions.

How to Manually Repair Windows 7 Boot Loader Problems
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523/how-to-manually-re...
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August 12, 2013 8:17:19 AM

Chicano said:
1. The BIOS should have another option where you can move the SSD up to set it as the main hard drive.
2. Or try resetting the BIOS to defaults.
3. A third option that should work is repairing the boot loader with the installation disc. Click the link for instructions.

How to Manually Repair Windows 7 Boot Loader Problems
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523/how-to-manually-re...

1) Did you not look at my BIOS screenshot? I don't see another option.
2) Tried, nothing changed.
3) Tried, now I don't even get the recovery option. This is what I get on Power On: Boot Error
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August 12, 2013 8:34:18 AM

Just repair the installation with a bootable media (DVD/USB). Unplug any HDD prior repairing the installation. Then plug the HDD back, see how it goes.

P.S. use the Legacy boot order not UEFI.
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August 12, 2013 9:03:28 AM

lonewolf7 said:
Just repair the installation with a bootable media (DVD/USB). Unplug any HDD prior repairing the installation. Then plug the HDD back, see how it goes.

P.S. use the Legacy boot order not UEFI.


I do not have bootable media, only the recovery partition. If I unplug any HDD, what exactly would I be repairing?
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August 12, 2013 10:14:31 AM

Borrowing a windows 8 disc isn't realistic right now. In any case, what exactly should I be doing when I "try to repair"? I still have access to the windows recovery options on the HDD partition, and there are many options. Do you mean to try system restore? I've disabled saving restore points as is recommended with SSDs. Or fresh installation? Automatic repair is of no help unfortunately. Would this be any different if I used a win 8 disc as you recommend?

The only issue I came here with was getting the right disk to boot first, and to be clear now I can't boot anything after using Chicano's advice. At this point I don't know any other solution than starting from scratch, which would would take many hours of work just to get back to square one of this thread.

P.S. I can enable Legacy, but I can't disable UEFI. Isn't that what's used to boot Win 8? Thanks for all your help so far, I apologize if any of this came off as rude. This is really frustrating for me.
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August 12, 2013 10:51:13 AM

Look as far as I understand that you cant boot up to windows right ? And you do not have any bootable media on hand right now. Windows recovery partition will not help you with anything right now. So either you have to do a fresh install of OS or try to make a rescue disk from borrowing some win 8 bootable dvd/usb and try to repair the installation. Now its upto you what seems realistic to you.
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August 12, 2013 11:31:29 AM

Any chance you cloned the OS from a hard drive to the ssd?
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August 12, 2013 11:54:39 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
Any chance you cloned the OS from a hard drive to the ssd?

Yes, cloned from the original HDD.

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August 12, 2013 2:16:43 PM

lonewolf7 said:
I said to unplug only HDD when repairing not the SSD. And if you don't have a bootable media then try to borrow a WIN 8 disc/usb from someone and use it to make a rescue/repair disk. Here's how to : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows7/create-a-sy...

I re-installed the OS on the HDD, created a WIN 8 repair disc (the tutorial you linked wasn't useful for Windows 8), used auto repair with the HDD unplugged, and now I can boot the SSD again. So I'm back to square one...
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August 12, 2013 2:25:46 PM

Gratsw! now go make your recovery/reinstallation disks like you were supposed to the first time around...
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August 13, 2013 5:17:05 PM

Sooooo... should I complain to HP about the lack of BIOS boot options?
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August 13, 2013 6:53:14 PM

you can try, it usually doesn't help. LoL
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