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Quick Question: Accidentally installed Win7 on OS w/o unplugging old hdd

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December 29, 2013 12:38:14 PM

So i recently installed windows on a new ssd but accidentally forgot to unplug my old hdd before doing so. I read that everyone says to do it with hdd unplugged but it seems to be working fine. Will this cause problems for me? I dont plan on getting rid of the hdd but i want to wipe it and use it for storage.
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December 29, 2013 12:42:35 PM

It will work just fine. But you almost certainly have the System Reserved partition on that other drive. If you ever take it out, or delete that 100MB partition....no boot for you.
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December 29, 2013 12:44:13 PM

The problem is that sometimes windows puts critical files on the other harddrive even though it isn't suppose to happen. One way to check would be to unplug that harddrive and run it for a time without it to see if it has issues. Better to do it now than later.
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December 29, 2013 12:47:42 PM

USAFRet said:
It will work just fine. But you almost certainly have the System Reserved partition on that other drive. If you ever take it out, or delete that 100MB partition....no boot for you.


sounds good, and i wont have to worry about wiping the other partition with all the old stuff i had on it right
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December 29, 2013 2:28:43 PM

The "problem" this can cause is that your machine cannot boot without the second drive connected AND containing the semi-secret data placed on it. (That means you could not wipe the old HDD and start fresh with it.) So, disconnect that old HDD temporarily and see if your machine will boot with only the SSD connected. If it does, you have no problem.

IF your machine does not boot that way, then you can fix it. Leave your old HDD disconnected and place your Win 7 Install CD in the optical drive, set your BIOS to boot from that optical drive, and boot from it. Do NOT do a normal "Install". Look for something like a "Repair Install" to do. This will detect that the special backup files are missing from the only storage device available (the SSD) and install them on that drive for you, thus fixing the problem. When it's done, shut down, remove the Install CD, and boot up again. This time it should boot just fine with only the SSD to work from.

Once that is working, shut down and reconnect your old HDD. Now you're back where you were before, EXCEPT that, if you wipe your old HDD and put new stuff on it, your machine will still work!
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