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September 26, 2013 3:06:45 AM

Hello everyone. I have a incredibly weird problem with my HDD's that I've been trying to solve for a while now but I haven't been able to find a solution for it.

So, to the matter at hand. My friend had to repair his computer (ship it back to seller) and wanted me to erase his HDD before doing so because he had some stuff on there he didn't want other people to see. When doing so, I unplugged one of my two HDD's, this being the storage drive, leaving the SSD which is my boot drive to be able to start the computer.

Now it turns out, that my computer refuses to start without having my SSD and my storage drive plugged in. Even tho I don't have windows installed on my storage drive, it says there are boot files missing if the storage drive is unplugged. So I decided to look around on my storage drive and for some odd reason there are actually boot files on it.

So basically, if my storage drive crashes. I have to reformat my SSD because it wont run without it.

The storage drive was brand new when I got it, and there has never been a windows installation on it. So I guess my question is, how the hell did boot files get on my storage drive. And how do I get rid of them!? Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance / Nero

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a c 326 G Storage
September 26, 2013 8:12:16 AM

You can leave the SSD unattached and boot from your Windows installer disk and then run a startup repair to put the SRP (system reserved partition) on the HDD.

Curious though -- why don't you use the SSD for your OS?
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a c 363 G Storage
September 26, 2013 9:58:08 AM

You mis-read: OP says the SSD DOES contain his OS, and removing the HDD is what causes the problem.

OP, here's why and how to fix. Win 7 and 8 do this. When Win 7 is installed first, it looks around for a SECOND storage device. If it finds one, it puts onto it in a semi-hidden Partition a spare set of copies of key OS files. The idea is that, in future if your boot device has trouble with corrupted files, it will just go to the backup set on the other device and copy over clean versions, then finish booting. Fixes the problem for you with no fuss! Good idea. BUT it also creates a problem. At every boot, Win 7 will check for the backup files on that other device. If they are not there, it refuses to boot! That's what caused your problem.

From where you are, the fix is simple. Shut down and disconnect ALL your HDD's except the SSD. Put your Win 7 Install disk in the optical drive. Boot from the optical drive (you MAY have to set your BIOS to do this if it's not that way already) and do NOT do a normal Install. Do a Repair Install instead. This will copy all those backup files onto your only storage device (the SSD) and set it so that Windows will look for them there in future. This will use up some space on the SSD, but it will eliminate the problem you had. Now reboot from the SSD (remove the Install disk) and verify that it works. Now shut down and re-connect all your HDD's, and it should still work no matter whether they are connected or not.

The downside to this is that the process removes one safety element in the design. The backup files now are NOT on a separate device - they are on your boot device, and could be lost also if that device has trouble.
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a c 326 G Storage
September 26, 2013 9:59:28 AM

Doh! Not enough coffee at the time. :) 
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September 26, 2013 2:46:42 PM

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September 26, 2013 2:51:10 PM

Paperdoc said:
You mis-read: OP says the SSD DOES contain his OS, and removing the HDD is what causes the problem.

OP, here's why and how to fix. Win 7 and 8 do this. When Win 7 is installed first, it looks around for a SECOND storage device. If it finds one, it puts onto it in a semi-hidden Partition a spare set of copies of key OS files. The idea is that, in future if your boot device has trouble with corrupted files, it will just go to the backup set on the other device and copy over clean versions, then finish booting. Fixes the problem for you with no fuss! Good idea. BUT it also creates a problem. At every boot, Win 7 will check for the backup files on that other device. If they are not there, it refuses to boot! That's what caused your problem.

From where you are, the fix is simple. Shut down and disconnect ALL your HDD's except the SSD. Put your Win 7 Install disk in the optical drive. Boot from the optical drive (you MAY have to set your BIOS to do this if it's not that way already) and do NOT do a normal Install. Do a Repair Install instead. This will copy all those backup files onto your only storage device (the SSD) and set it so that Windows will look for them there in future. This will use up some space on the SSD, but it will eliminate the problem you had. Now reboot from the SSD (remove the Install disk) and verify that it works. Now shut down and re-connect all your HDD's, and it should still work no matter whether they are connected or not.

The downside to this is that the process removes one safety element in the design. The backup files now are NOT on a separate device - they are on your boot device, and could be lost also if that device has trouble.


Thanks alot! Well atleast know I know what to do if i have to replace the storage drive if something happens :) 
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