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My Dell won't let me take out the original HDD... why?

I put in an SSD and installed W10, no issues. Once I verified it was working and got everything installed I opened it back up (Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series), which is SUPER easy to do on this laptop (one screw... lol) and took out the original Dell HDD it won't let me boot.

So for the past couple of months (since I couldn't find any similar topics in my searching) I've had to leave the heavy drive in there (the laptop is already heavy enough...) and I have to choose the SSD windows boot at startup,. I hate doing that.

Like I said, I've searched on this for a while but haven't found anything.

Any insight as to how to fix this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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    I's a little slow here. Okay, to summarize you purchased a SSD and installed it with the other HDD in the laptop. You then closed it up and installed Windows on the SSD. When you were done you opened it up and removed the fishing weight from your laptop.

    If that is what you did I would do it again. Remove the heavy drive and only install the SSD and the boot media. Set the laptop to boot from the USB/disk and proceed with the install. When the install is complete you power down, remove the boot media, reboot and set the SSD as the boot drive.
  2. Yep do that exactly never a good idea to install an os with multiple drives, even worse when one of them is already a boot drive for some reason.

    Also boot at least once after finishing install with only SSD installed
  3. ^ Agreed, the system partition is on the HDD, this points to the windows installation on the SSD, remove the HDD and it will not boot.

    Agreed, the solution is to install win10 with the SSD ONLY in place.
  4. Thanks everyone. Sounds like that's the resounding resolution!
  5. jkelley9 said:
    Thanks everyone. Sounds like that's the resounding resolution!


    You're welcome:D Did it solve your issue?

    Closure, it's part of the deal over here.
  6. aquielisunari said:
    jkelley9 said:
    Thanks everyone. Sounds like that's the resounding resolution!


    You're welcome:D Did it solve your issue?

    Closure, it's part of the deal over here.

    I haven't gotten a chance to do it. I'll do it this weekend. I hesistated before because I have some really good trial software through my university that is good for 2+ years that will cost a $x,xxx to replace. Not sure if I'm willing to give that up yet :(
  7. Clone the drive. Worst case the data was already corrupted and you'll have to wipe the new one
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