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Must boot HDD before SDD?

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Last response: in Storage
July 25, 2014 5:22:25 PM

Hi guys, my first time posting here. There are many similar questions but i could not find the answer.

So i've purchased a new kingston v300 240gb ssd and did a fresh windows 8 install into it. After that, i wiped my very old maxtor 200gb hdd and even completely deleted the partition so that it's unallocated (this was done prior to installing windows 8 on the sdd). After experimenting for a while, i realized that i get the "reboot and select proper boot device..." message whenever i have the ssd on a higher boot priorty than the hdd, despite the OS being installed on the ssd while the hdd is unallocated. I also have a western digital 500gb hdd, but i've disconnected it from the motherboard all this time before i even started to install the ssd.

Everything works properly when i put the hdd on a higher boot priority than the ssd though. The windows 8 from the ssd still gets loaded and all that. Technically i can just settle like this, but im worried there might be future issues if i don't do this properly? Does it even matter? I feel like it's better to have the internal storage device with the OS installed to have the highest boot priority over all other internal storage devices?


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 Ghz black edition
Memory: 6 GB (DDR2 i think)
OS: Windows 8 64 bit (fresh install)
Motherboard: Asus M4A78 Plus
Hard Disks: Kingston v300, Maxtor 6V200E0

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