Downloaded latest Mini Tool Partition Wizard 9.1; Could the layout have changed recently? I changed the drive to MBR but cannot for the life of me find a drop down list or menu to reset the MBR to Windows ".Make sure you select the one that's empty" is also something I don't understand because I don't see an option.
Thanks so much
The drive that Ubuntu was removed from. It wasn't in your OP that you had content on the drive Ubuntu was removed from, you said it was Looking at the partitions, Disk 2 must have an OS such as Windows 8.1 or 10 with the 487MB partition at the beginning of the drive. This looks like a combined Windows/Linux issue, though the Windows installer should have taken care of this for you, that is, if you performed the install. In you OP, you stated that:
When disconnecting the second SSD, it boots well, but then I obviously don't have use of the second SSD.
Well, how did you or someone helping manage to install another Windows OS, if you had no use of it? Or did the one whom sold it to you do this? There's a missing piece of the puzzle here, if you can give us all of the details, then we know what we have. Please post a snapshot of the Speccy specs of your OS that's running, instructions will below my post & it's a small download. What does the 2nd SSD do when the first is unplugged?
When you post on this or any tech site, you must advise as many details possible, so that we can better serve you.
Still, the MBR needs to be reset to clear whatever the Linux install left behind. Here is another tool that may be of help, has got me out of a couple of jams. You have to extract the contents of the compressed folder & run the software, though you should backup the current MBR with the tab in the upper left, to a folder where it can be found. Then use the 'Automatic Repair' function to find & fix errors. This is optional & as with any software is not 100% bulletproof, so it's 'as is' software, you need to know this upfront. The best method to repair is having the install media available, this is for those whom doesn't & has limited access to media or the Internet, such as slow speeds & data caps, and in your case, areas with electrical outages.
OK, for the Speccy snapshot specs, follow the instructions for the first, and second drive, if possible for both.
- Go to Piriform's website, and click the big button.
- Next, click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version.
- You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
- After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
- Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
- Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot
- You will see the following prompt:
- Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard
- Now, once you are back in the forum topic you are posting in, click the button. Right-click in the empty space of the Reply box and click Paste. Then, click Add Reply below the Reply box.
- Congrats! You have just posted your specs!
Once we get this, then we'll know more about what's going on.
It's possible that more tests or tools may become needed.
Edited by cat1092, 07 September 2015 - 12:57 AM.