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IDE HDD removed, now PC won't boot and gives 'Hardware Configuration Error'

By djbazzsta ·
I had a 160GB IDE HDD and a 160GB SATA HDD connected to my board and then removed the IDE HDD. My OS was stored on the SATA Drive, and the IDE Drive was empty, but when I removed the IDE Drive, Windows won't boot up and says that I have a hardware configuration error. Is it possible to change some settings in the BIOS or something to get the SATA drive booting again without putting the IDE Drive back?

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my bad

by djbazzsta In reply to IDE HDD removed, now PC w ...

sorry, looks like my OS was installed on the IDE Drive, because installing Windows on the SATA Drive sorted it all out....

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Or more likely the Starting Files for the OS where stored

by OH Smeg In reply to IDE HDD removed, now PC w ...

In the Hardware Default C Drive which is always the IDE Drive.

When you pull the Default Boot drive the Files that start the OS running or at least loading are no longer present so you get the Hardware Configuration Error.

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