Last November I installed a Crucial M500 960GB SSD drive, used a partition tool to copy all of the HD partitions to the SSD, changed the boot sequence to use the SSD and restarted.
Windows 8 worked fine for weeks until I removed the old 1TB HD from the system.
Apparently, Windows is looking for something during the boot and eventually times out.
All programs work correctly but can be slow to start.
With HD in place as a second drive, the system boots up within 10 seconds to use apps.
With HD removed, the system requires over a minute to boot up to use apps.
Microsoft Outlook 2010 is especially slow to start - requiring a minute with SSD vs. 3 seconds with SSD & HD.
Does anyone know how to determine what file(s) are missing or how to change the boot configuration so it stops expecting to find another HD?