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Windows 8 insists on booting from HDD instead of SSD.

post #1 of 11
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I have an HP dv7 laptop that came preinstalled with windows 8 on a HDD.

I have moved this HDD on the secondary bay, and inserted a Samsung 840 Pro SSD in it's place.

I have installed a fresh instance of Windows 8 on my SSD using GPT.

So now:
Bay 1: SSD with Windows 8
Bay 2: HDD with preinstalled Windows 8, which I will use as storage.

My problem is that Windows 8 insists on booting from the HDD!

I have tried pretty much everything, so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong.

At startup, if i select boot devices, there are two main options
1. OS Boot Manager
2. OS Boot Manage

If i select the 2., the my machine boots from my SSD.

How can I make it as default?


Notes:
1. In MSCONFIG under boot, there is only 1 entry "Windows 8 (C:Windows)" Current OS, Default OS
2. I have tried changing BCD, but it only resulted in a mess, and so I had to run the bootrec commands to rebuild them..
3. I don't want to format the HDD, as I already have it half filled with data from my previous laptop. (I tried deleting the Windows folder, but it wouldn't let me). Even if I managed to delete, wouldn't the records remain in the BCD?
Edited by Relco - 3/23/13 at 11:55am
post #2 of 11
because you left the hdd in while installing the windows to the ssd it installed the bootloader to the hdd which means it will boot the hdd. the only way around this would eb to take out the hdd reinstall windows 8 and delete the bootloader of the hdd.

ther is alos the msconfig that shows operating systems and as well the boot list within the bios set it to detect ssd and not anything else
post #3 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by richie_2010 View Post

because you left the hdd in while installing the windows to the ssd it installed the bootloader to the hdd which means it will boot the hdd. the only way around this would eb to take out the hdd reinstall windows 8 and delete the bootloader of the hdd.

ther is alos the msconfig that shows operating systems and as well the boot list within the bios set it to detect ssd and not anything else

Thanks for the reply. I actually had the HDD disconnected, while I was installing Windows on the SSD.

Also, if I have the HDD disconnected, the SSD boots up just fine. Only when they are both connected, do I get this issue.

-Msconfig only shows me 1 instance of windows 8
-My bios doesn't have an option to detect only SSD

Will it solve my problem if i just delete the bootleader from the HDD ?

I am a bit hesitant to do that again, as I have already tried. Bios would give me an error for the disk in regards to the bcd. Which means that it's still trying to boot from the HDD.
Edited by Relco - 3/23/13 at 12:18pm
post #4 of 11
because there is a bootloader on the hdd it loads from that 1st everone had it when installing ssds and windows 7 then when they removed there hdd no windows

im not sure if diskpart would help
is there any way of creating a separate partition on the hdd and moving your stuff to it and then deleting all the other partitions.
I know it can be done on 7 but unsure for 8


since you have your windows 8 licence on the bottom you can use a retail disk to install
post #5 of 11
do this in windows 8 on the hdd installed only

make a note of how much space free on biggest partition ie c: 100gb free
click
computer: left click
click on manage
select storage
disk management
select the c drive left click
shrink partition and shrink to how much is free or a reasonable amount that's needed
create a partition letter use s or something 10 letters + down the alphabet (not to confuse the hdds later)


when this is done move all your data to the new partition

reboot with the windows 8 install disk like your going to install it and delete all the partitions exept the one you created and exit out it.
don't let it go through any installing or format

reboot install ssd and it should boot of it and your created partition should be on the hdd with the data with no boot loader

(just be careful and if worried don't attempt it)

then go through the above to resize the hdd back to full amount or create another partition
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Maybe that could be an option...

Also
C: is my SSD
D: is my HDD

EasyBCD states that the default boot device is D.

Any suggestions on what I should do or if there is a way to change the default boot?

post #7 of 11
Change the default HDD in your bios.


Edited by qwertymac93 - 3/23/13 at 2:15pm
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post #8 of 11
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Unfortunately in my BIOS Boot Options, there is no identification between the 2 drives.

There is only:

1. OS Boot Manager
2. DVD Drive
3. USB
post #9 of 11
If you can't change the default HDD than you will have to get rid of the windows install on the HDD.
Boot into the SSD and format the partition that had the old install of windows on the HDD, just be sure to copy any important files to another partition first.
Edited by qwertymac93 - 3/23/13 at 2:20pm
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post #10 of 11
Seems like my idea might be a good option
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