I have a Dell Studio XPS desktop PC. Previously, I had a 600GB SATA hard drive with a working installation of Windows 7. I just bought a Crucial M4 128GB SSD and put it in my computer. I then backed up my data onto an external hard drive (which is currently not connected to my computer), and formatted the 600GB HDD. Then I installed Windows 7 onto the SSD. The HDD is still in my PC, but it is blank.
Now, every time I boot my PC, after the Dell BIOS screen with the Dell logo goes by, there is a screen with a blinking white cursor at the top-left corner of the screen. This screen stays there for about 60 seconds, and then the blinking cursor moves downward about a centimeter. After that, it stays that way for about 20 seconds, and then it proceeds to Windows 7's "Starting Windows" screen and continues to boot normally from my SSD.
This screen is annoying because it makes my boot process take about a full minute longer. Considering that I just installed an SSD, I want my boot process to be as fast as possible. It never happened when I had my HDD. My question is this: What is causing this blinking cursor screen and how can I get rid of it?
Edit 1: The boot order already prioritizes the SSD over the HDD. I even tried removing the HDD from the boot order all together. However, I have a feeling that the problem is related to the HDD, because if I remove the HDD from the PC, the problem does not occur. I can't keep it like this though, because I want to use the HDD as a secondary storage space for some videos and music.