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Installed Windows 7 on C: drive, also have D: drive for storage, but Windows wont boot without D: plugged in

Whats up everyone? Just a curious question here.I built my gaming PC last December and currently use two Samsung 840 Pro SSD's. One of them is C: which is where I installed the OS and the other one is D: which is/was for storage. Well, I got a copy of Windows 8.1 Pro I just wanted to try out and install on my storage drive. So, I unplugged D: just to make sure everything would still work without the storage drive in and low and behold, the PC won't boot without the D: drive hooked up. Any ideas on why or how I can fix this?

Thanks for the help!
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  1. Did you by any chance have both drives installed when you initially installed Win7? It sounds like the boot sector is on D: drive. What actually takes place when you disconnect D: drive and turn on the PC?
  2. clutchc said:
    Did you by any chance have both drives installed when you initially installed Win7? It sounds like the boot sector is on D: drive. What actually takes place when you disconnect D: drive and turn on the PC?


    Actually, yes I did have both drives installed when I installed Windows 7. When I disconnect D:, I get an error saying it cant boot due to missing files. Was it a mistake to have both drives in when I installed my OS? If so, I can secure erase and start over and use one at a time. I was actually just thinking about going to get another SSD like a 60 or 120gb just for Win 8.1 and as a backup if I decide not to keep 8.1. Thanks for the help!
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    It would depend on what drive was set as the first drive in BIOS at the time you installed the OS. It is possible that while you installed the OS to drive A, the boot sector was written to drive B. If you don't mind doing a clean install of the OS, disconnecting the SATA cable from the storage drive should allow the OS to install its boot sector on the correct drive. Or simply be sure the drive you want to install the OS on is the one that is the first (boot) drive in BIOS.
  4. Thanks for the help! I'll just do a clean install with one drive in then. I didn't think anything about it when I set it up last year.
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