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How to choose which drive runs windows?


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#1 stanner21

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 10:56 AM

I installed a new internal SSD in my computer.  I'd like to retain the old hard drive for storage.  I was able to copy everything off of my old hard drive onto the new one.  The computer is default booting up and running the windows on my old drive.  How do I get it to switch to using the new drive for booting and running windows?  



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 11:04 AM

msconfig, one of the options there is to choose which Windows you want to designate as default.  Before you choose, carefully determine which option points to which drive.  When I cloned my older HD onto the new HD, my clone's OS was listed above my original/older HD's OS.  I highlighted my original OS, clicked make default.


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:09 PM

You need to go to the UEFI Utility of your PC and change the Boot Option Priority there (Look for your SSD):

 

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:17 PM

How do I access the UEFI Utility?  



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:45 PM

On most PCs, you have to hit the "Del" key right after powering on the PC to get to UEFI or check your manual. Not all computers are the same.


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:06 PM

My first question is...how did you copy Windows to the new drive?  If you did not clone the Windows partition to the new drive, you won't be able to boot to the new drive.

 

If you did clone the Windows partition, then it's just a simple case of booting the new drive by itself (to see it if truly has been copied).  If you can boot into the new drive without the old drive being attached, you have properly cloned and configured.

 

Can you do this?

 

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