In my build, I have a SSD and a HDD. My SSD is first in boot order because I use it more often.
For the first week or so, I had the SSD as my first boot option, but kept booting manually to the HDD by pressing F12. When I eventually wanted to start using the SSD after a while, I switched back over and encountered problems. It would start "Preparing Automatic Repair," "Diagnosing PC," and say that "Your PC did not start correctly," pretty much stuck in a loop. All the steps for troubleshooting would fail (refresh, reboot, etc). Eventually, I had to reformat my SSD and it worked again. I was able to pull my files easily by booting into my HDD and just navigating to the SSD.
This past week, it's been the opposite. My SSD is still first in boot order, but now I primarily use the SSD. When I tried going back to the HDD, it has the same problem as before. It won't start/boot correctly. I'm pretty sure I will have to reinstall the OS on the HDD to get it to work again. However, this time I cannot pull my files easily as my HDD just shows up as NTFS (instead of the X out of X GB remaining) and says the drive is not accessible when I click it. The drive can't boot in safe mode, and when I try to use the repair option from the Windows installation USB, it just brings me to the "advanced boot options," which doesn't do anything useful.
Obviously, this will be a problem in the future. It seems that when I don't use a drive for a while, it will stop working. I don't want to have to reinstall the OS every time I switch between my SSD and HDD.
Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix it?
And am I using the two drives the wrong way? Should I be booting the SSD and downloading all the files the the HDD, and just treating the HDD as an external hard drive (by navigating to it through the SSD)? I like the option of having two separate operating systems to have different programs on each (and not just files like media).
*** I don't care about recovering the data and mainly just preventing this from happening again in the future, though of course, I wouldn't mind the added bonus of recovering some data ***
Quick run down of troubleshooting:
- Safe mode: when I try to boot into safe mode, it restarts and just boots up regularly, so the "preparing automatic repair" starts again.
- Refreshing PC (Advanced Boot Options): says this PC cannot be refreshed.
- System Restore: no previous restore points (turned off)
- Repairing from USB installation disk: doesn't repair the files that are possibly corrupted, and just gives the same options that Advanced Boot Options normally gives.
- CMD: tried the bootrec /FixMBR, /Fixboot, /rebuildBCD option
- Chkdsk: forgot what I typed but I tried to do it on the D drive while booted in my SSD, and it said "Access Denied as you do not have sufficient privileges.You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode.." Definitely not a permissions error as I am running in administrator and the drive was accessible before it started having errors.
Edited by YayWindows8, 20 June 2014 - 09:35 PM.