Installing a second SSD question

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
Not really PC gaming, but it is a gaming PC and the knowledgeable guys tend to congregate here!

Basically I had a PC with a 120GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. Windows is on the 120GB SDD.

I couldn't resist the other day and purchased a new OCZ 3 Solid 60GB SSD which I plan to use for windows only and maybe 1 game, with my other games on the 120GB SSD and the HDD for all my donkey porn.

I connected the new SSD to my mobo on the other 6GBs sata connection, installed windows on it and all is fine. Everything running perfectly, damn fast too! It took barely 10 minutes to install windows. :D

The only issue is that regardless of what boot priority I choose in the bios it will always boot to my original SSD. The only way to get it to boot into my new SSD is by going into the bios before boot and manually choosing that drive.

Is this some issue due to not disconnecting my old drive first, has it somehow installed on the new drive but left a reference to the old one? Not really sure here!

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
 
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wolvers

Distinguished Member
Sounds like the other drive still has the MBR on it.

Which SATAIII controller does your mobo have? The Marvell one is a bit pants and needs a specific driver to get the best out of it.

BTW, 500gb of donkey pron is well impressive. :p
 

boltlock

Distinguished Member
I would have removed the old SSD with windows first before installing the new drive. That way you would have a new MBR and then when the old drive was connected it wouldn't interfere with the new windows install.

If you haven't already, you could delete the windows folder on the 120GB or better still would be to copy all your personal data to either the 500GB or an external drive and then reformat the 120 so you can start with a 'new' drive.

Hope that makes sense.


Great minds think alike eh Wolvers lol.
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
wolvers said:
Sounds like the other drive still has the MBR on it.

Which SATAIII controller does your mobo have? The Marvell one is a bit pants and needs a specific driver to get the best out of it.

BTW, 500gb of donkey pron is well impressive. :p

I'm specifically using the non marvel sata3 ports as I have also heard bad things about the marvell controller.

So from what you guys are saying should I remove my previous ssd, then format and reinstall windows on the new ssd so the mbr is in the right place? Then just reconnect my older SSD once all is ok? Will it confuse it having two mbr's or does it not work like that? Or is there an easier way than a reinstall?

Thanks
 

boltlock

Distinguished Member
I'm specifically using the non marvel sata3 ports as I have also heard bad things about the marvell controller.

So from what you guys are saying should I remove my previous ssd, then format and reinstall windows on the new ssd so the mbr is in the right place? Then just reconnect my older SSD once all is ok? Will it confuse it having two mbr's or does it not work like that? Or is there an easier way than a reinstall?

Thanks

If you've got the time and aren't too fussed about doing another reinstall then yes, that would be the best way. Don't forget to format 120GB too (once you've got all your data backed-up of course).

Another way (one I personally don't like) is to bring up System Properties and under the Advanced tab click on Startup and Recovery Settings/ Environment Variables and delete any references to the old Windows installation on the 120GB drive. This method has more chance of failure but if you're going to do a reinstall anyway then I don't suppose it would matter too much.

A fresh installation on a 'clean' drive will always yield the best performance as there's no junk brought back from before.

HTH
 
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Why not take the cable from the older 60GB SSD and connect it to the new one, then hook up a new cable to the 120GB? Bios config shouldn't change then.

Your going to need to format if you want Windows on the 60GB regardless.
 

JDCFH

Well-known Member
Sounds like your system and boot information are on different drives?

I had this problem and used a command called bootsect.exe from the command prompt to sort it out. Had the boot information on one drive and the system information on another. Had to choose a non windows drive in bios to get P.C to boot so did some research :D

Cant find the instructions i followed but will have a look later :D

EDIT:

found this

How to repair MBR on Windows 7 | eHow.com
 
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Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
Sounds like your system and boot information are on different drives?

I had this problem and used a command called bootsect.exe from the command prompt to sort it out. Had the boot information on one drive and the system information on another. Had to choose a non windows drive in bios to get P.C to boot so did some research :D

Cant find the instructions i followed but will have a look later :D

EDIT:

found this

How to repair MBR on Windows 7 | eHow.com

Great, thanks for the help all. It does kind of make sense what you have all said as when I boot into my new SSD, in My Computer there is this extra drive of only 100MB in size (which I don't get on my current SSD), which I guess means although I installed windows on the new drive, the boot information is still on the old drive?

As it is so quick I will most likely just format the new one and reinstall.

If I disconnect my current SSD first, will it properly install on the new one this time with all the boot and system info in one place? Will I have issues if I then reconnect my current SSD with the windows still on it after that?

I guess the ideal situation would be to wipe both and install on the one I want, but I like having the fall back of the current SSD incase anything goes wrong, like it did this time!

Thanks!
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
Thanks for all the help, a quick update.

I unplugged my current SSD after formatting the new one, then installed windows fine on it. All up and running

14 seconds to boot up according to boot racer. :)



Thanks guys for the help, just need to reconnect my older boot drive and wipe it.
 

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