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How Can I Change the "Boot" Drive Without Removing All of the Others?

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  • Started 3 years ago by TheArtfulDodger
  • Latest reply from whs
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I am getting ready for Windows 8 by choosing as SSD as my boot drive. However, in the past, in order to do that, I have had to disconnect EVERY other disk drive in my system (currently there are four)! Also in the past, I could find no other way to force Windows to use the new drive as the boot drive.

My question: Does Windows 8 allow the selection of a drive on which to put all of the boot information and thus, if it happens to be an SSD, take advantage of the SSD increased speed? Or, am I just dreaming that an SSD will help in this way?

Thanks in advance.


Posted 3 years ago
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The problem is the installer. It moves your bootmgr to the disk with the lowest port number. So unless your SSD is on port0, you run the risk to get a hybrid installation with the system partition on another drive. It is safer to unplug all other disks.

But yes, you can select the SSD for the installation. However that does not avoid the above problem regarding the system partition.

Posted 3 years ago

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