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So i have an ssd and a mechanical drive installed and i want to boot off of the mechanical. However all my attempts to boot off the mechanical drive fail and give me a "please insert bootable media and press any key" error. This mechanical drive was my primary drive until i upgraded so it has all the windows files and such intact.

asked Dec 23 '11 at 03:30

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Because you have installed Windows with the SSD and the HDD isntalled together, my guess is, and this has happened to me, that the Master Boot Record (MBR) has been removed from the HDD.

This guide should help you if you are running Windows 7, let me know how it goes:


answered Dec 23 '11 at 04:01

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