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I recently bought an SSD and installed Windows 7 on it, however it didn't install exactly how I intended - it still requires my HDD to be plugged in to boot onto the SSD.

Hopefully the following image explains my situation a bit better. My SSD is the C: drive, and the old HDD is D: - this drive has a 100MB partition which contains the boot sector that requires the HDD for booting into Windows.


From what I've found out, booting from the Windows 7 install DVD and running startup repair will resolve the issue. However, as every situation is different (and I'm particularly paranoid I'll somehow brick my system), I wanted to be sure this was correct.

So, what's the best way to get my SSD to boot without requiring the HDD to be present?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Tog, Kevin Panko, David, Paul Feb 22 at 17:30

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Unplug your HDD, and then use the Windows repair to fix the C: drive. If you're REALLY paranoid about it, then a) make backups b) take it to a professional. –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 20 at 18:26
@techie007 Thanks, I did figure that was the way to do it. As for that other question - I did check that out, and whilst it does seem similar the only thing I wasn't sure about was the extra System Reserved partition on my HDD. –  Alex Feb 20 at 18:32

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There is a tool - EasyBCD. It can Rebuild Boot.ini. Here's link to the site that explains it - https://neosmart.net/wiki/rebuilding-boot-ini-file/ .

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Windows 7, as in the question, does not have nor employ a boot.ini file. –  JdeBP Feb 20 at 20:53

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