My PC Detects My Secondary HDD as The System Disk Instead Of My Primary HDD


sadly no he won't admit that he was wrong all they know is money, but I agree with your point here I looked in many different places on the internet and I read that I might need a clean windows 7 re-installation with only the hard drive I need it on it, and only after the reinstallation I plug in the hard drives I want, that's good thinking to save us all that trouble.

but isn't that way the PC gonna detect two bootloaders? on WDC and Maxtor, the system reserved partition in the new hard drive WDC will just remain there? reinstalling windows 7 will create a system reserved on Maxtor that way am I not gonna have two system reserved partitions? how is that gonna work?



Yep. Clean install with only the Windows drive attached.
You might want to consider Windows 10. You can use your Windows 7 product key to install Windows 10... free.
Your computer may struggle a bit with Windows 10... I'm not sure about that.

As for the other drive... what you will need is partitioning software that can run outside of Windows.
I have the ISO for Minitools Partition Wizard 11.0
You'll need to burn it to a CD or use RUFUS to make a bootable USB from the ISO.
Booting from a Minitools CD or USB stick, will allow you remove the boot partition on the other hard drive.

Dropbox - Partition Wizard 11 ISO
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Yep. Clean install with only the Windows drive attached.
You might want to consider Windows 10. You can use your Windows 7 product key to install Windows 10... free.
Your computer may struggle a bit with Windows 10... I'm not sure about that.

As for the other drive... what you will need is partitioning software that can run outside of Windows.
I have the ISO for Minitools Partition Wizard 11.0
You'll need to burn it to a CD or use RUFUS to make a bootable USB from the ISO.

Dropbox - Partition Wizard 11 ISO
Unfortunately yeah, the games my PC used to run perfectly on windows 7 became a bit stuttery, jankish and laggy on windows 10 for some reason I even checked my drivers and updated them but no can do, weird anomalies started to happen too like weird mouse lag and black boxes appear in the corners which made me suspect my hardware at some point but then later I discovered it wasn't the hardware it was the OS all that long, same games that were problematic worked again flawlessly on windows 7 with same settings magically and yet I still don't get it to this day why? why would an OS like windows 10 affect old games that literally can run on any piece of machine on 40 fps at least??? take for example Quake 2, Unreal Tournament 2003, Fable 1, Neverwinter and Max payne 1, like these games are simpler than you could imagine even if you turn their graphics up or down still almost the same performance.

my advice, if you are a student or new/inexperienced full time worker who is still building themselves or got limited resources I suggest you if you are not planning on buying up-to-date PC parts (old specifications) that can't run new demanding games and games with lack of optimization like unreal engine games and alike and ending up being stuck playing old games from 1995-2015 I would definitely suggest you going for windows 7 and XP but only use XP if you are trying to run games/software that can't run on windows 7, take "Vietnam Machine Gunner" for example the game is horrible yes but it's impossible to run it on windows 7 EVEN with virtual machines, you gonna have to use real legitimate windows XP OS, but about the software I'm not sure but all my old software work very fine for me on windows 7 at least so far like audacity and movie maker and photoshop old builds. but seriously Windows 7 is by far the most neat, responsive and adaptive Windows Operating System I have ever used in my life, piece of art regardless gaming or working it never fails me on the job whatever I'm doing even with the cheapest specs I have it still works great, the four months I used Windows 10 in them couple years ago were my worst experience ever and it was very frustrating.

Anyway, thank you very much for this tool I will try to watch tutorials before using it and check it out see if any tricks can work out with my issue, have a wonderful day good sir
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Athlon II x270 Dual Core
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE
    Memory
    4 Gigabytes RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce 210
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P1913S
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 (native) [I use1600x1200 resolution VGA display]
    Hard Drives
    Maxtor [C: and D:]
    WDC [F: and E:]
    PSU
    I-rock (cheap Chinese power supply)
    Keyboard
    DELL black with numpad
    Mouse
    DELL USB mouse
    Internet Speed
    xdsl
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    None
    Other Info
    A properly working cheap PC can give all happiness for a miserable guy like me
It sounds to me that they somehow installed the boot loader on the wrong drive. As for you switching the cables, are you switching both ends or just the ends on the drive. If it is possible someone might be able to tell you how to move the boot partition. If not you may need to do a clean install of Windows 7. If you do, only connect the drive you want to install Windows 7 on. Before doing anything I would talk to the tech. Being that they set it up wrong they may fix it for free.
Also the yellow SATA cable is kind of short so i have to move it, windows refuse to boot up if I switch the SATA from both ends, the guy obviously did something wrong with SATA cables cuz I remember very well last year when my PC was fine I tried to swap the SATA cables with each other and my PC booted up, system reserved was in Maxtor and everything was fine
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Athlon II x270 Dual Core
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE
    Memory
    4 Gigabytes RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce 210
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell P1913S
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 (native) [I use1600x1200 resolution VGA display]
    Hard Drives
    Maxtor [C: and D:]
    WDC [F: and E:]
    PSU
    I-rock (cheap Chinese power supply)
    Keyboard
    DELL black with numpad
    Mouse
    DELL USB mouse
    Internet Speed
    xdsl
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    None
    Other Info
    A properly working cheap PC can give all happiness for a miserable guy like me
Sorry I missed this. Could probably have fixed it just by changing the boot order in the BIOS.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WIN 11, WIN 10, WIN 8.1, WIN 7 U, WIN 7 PRO, WIN 7 HOME (32 Bit), LINUX MINT
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY, ASUS, and DELL
    CPU
    Intel i7 6900K (octocore) / AMD 3800X (8 core)
    Motherboard
    ASUS X99E-WS USB 3.1
    Memory
    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM (B DIE)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 1070
    Sound Card
    Crystal Sound (onboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    single Samsung 30" 4K and 8" aux monitor
    Screen Resolution
    4K and something equally attrocious
    Hard Drives
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W

    Ports X, Y, and Z are reserved for USB access and removable drives.

    Drive types consist of the following: Various mechanical hard drives bearing the brand names, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital. Various NVMe drives bearing the brand names Kingston, Intel, Silicon Power, Crucial, Western Digital, and Team Group. Various SATA SSDs bearing various different brand names.

    RAID arrays included:

    LSI RAID 10 (WD Velociraptors) 1115.72 GB
    LSI RAID 10 (WD SSDS) 463.80 GB

    INTEL RAID 0 (KINGSTON HYPER X) System 447.14 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 TOSHIBA ENTERPRIZE class Data 2794.52 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 SEAGATE HYBRID 931.51 GB
    PSU
    SEVERAL. I prefer my Corsair Platinum HX1000i but I also like EVGA power supplies
    Case
    ThermalTake Level 10 GT (among others)
    Cooling
    Noctua is my favorite and I use it in my main. I also own various other coolers. Not a fan of liquid cooling.
    Keyboard
    all kinds.
    Mouse
    all kinds
    Internet Speed
    360 mbps - 1 gbps (depending)
    Browser
    FIREFOX
    Antivirus
    KASPERSKY (no apologies)
    Other Info
    I own too many laptops: A Dell touch screen with Windows 11 and 6 others (not counting the other four laptops I bought for this household.) Being a PC builder I own many desktop PCs as well. I am a father of five providing PCs, laptops, and tablets for all my family, most of which I have modified, rebuilt, or simply built from scratch. I do not own a cell phone, never have, never will.

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