Windows 10 does not boot when I remove the old HDD?

So I installed Windows 10 on a SSD, the old HDD is damaged so I removed it for now, so if I connect the old damaged HDD even if its empty W10 starts, otherwise it does not. Why would I need a parasite disk that is empty and does not works, who came with this idea!? Should I format and install everything again but without the HDD. I can see that the old HDD says that there is about 20 GB being used but I just removed everything from there. W10 does not starts without the old broken HDD, even if I try to boot it from the SSD it says there is no OS on it. I wish I could stop using W10 but all the career software is made for that.


Thanks in advance!

5 Answers

  • 10 months ago
    Best Answer

    Should reformat, reinstall Windows on the SSD

    Should only have the SSD connected during the Windows setup, as well.

    Can format the hard drive too.

    • Herman9 months agoReport

      It was tiresome but that did the trick... Thanks.

  • 10 months ago

    So what you have is a hybrid drive the SSD part of the drive has Windows on it and the computer starts up fine but the hard drive part of that drive is burned up. So boot up Windows look in the control panel under system and find out what you're running Windows 10 home premium or Windows 10 professional write that down on a piece of paper now while you're in the control panel go up to where it says backup and restore plug-in a 2 terabyte portable external hard drive and make a system image that'll make a copy of everything that's on your computer including the operating system. When it asks you to make a repair disk make a repair disk. now turn your computer off take that old hard drive out put the brand new one in that you're going to work with. Click your defaults in BIOS so it will recognize your new hard drive. Boot up your repair disk with the system image plugged in and restore the system image to your brand-new drive bingo end of problem.

    • Herman9 months agoReport

      Thanks a lot for taking your time to answer me, sorry I don't have another SSD

  • Pete L
    Lv 5
    10 months ago

    Your boot menu is on the old hard drive so you need it to be able to boot Windows. What you should have done was remove the old hard drive then install Windows on the SSD. The boot manager would have been on the SSD then.

  • 10 months ago

    You either need to move the ssd sata plug to where the old HDD plug was or in the Bios make the new ssd the top of the boot order. Another problem people sometimes have when installing a fresh installation over doing a clone of the old hard drive is that they don't remove the old drive so that the boot sector for the new install gets put on the old drive even though the install gets put on the new drive. If you simply cloned, your problem is that your computer is still pointed at your old drive as the boot drive, simply reassign the new drive in your bios as the boot drive.

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  • 10 months ago

    the drivers for your mobo need to be installed and accessible or windows can't start. are those drivers on the SSD? if not, the machine won't start because it can't find the hardware

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