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Windows 7 is dependent on a secondary HDD

I currently have win 7 x64 professional installed on a 500gb HDD. I also have a secondary 500GB HDD that i use for backups. The main problem is I cannot remove the secondary HDD and still boot or do anything for that matter. Win7 seems to be dependent on the drive. If i remove it and i reboot, I will get an error message in the bios saying a critical component is missing in order to run Windows. If I try to back up my primary disk to a third HDD it automatically includes the secondary disk and does not let me "not include" it. Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. If you are wondering what my end goal is.... I am trying to do a complete system image of my primary drive so i can put it on an Intel SSD.
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AndrewCalti
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Arabia_vnCommented:
ENter Bios and find "Hard disk boot priority" in "Advenced Bios" section , or something similar and you'll be fine.
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AndrewCaltiAuthor Commented:
Yeah i already have the "Hard Disk Group" set as first priority...
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Arabia_vnCommented:
No no not that. It's an option to let you choose which hard disk have priority too boot.
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Arabia_vnCommented:
Sorry i misunderstood your problem. That may be because HDD protection. Try this.

 1. Click Start
2. In the Start Search box input the following:
a. Services
b. Enter to activate the Services Control Manager
3. If User Account Access is enabled click Continue
4. Open the service:
a. HDD Protection
5. Change the Startup type: to Disabled
6. Click OK
7. Restart/Reboot
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jamietonerCommented:
Remove the 2nd HDD and then boot to the Win 7 dvd and run a startup recovery, this should put all the necessary files to run/boot the OS on the primary drive.
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noxchoCommented:
Remove the second HDD and boot the PC from Windows 7 installation DVD. Run Repair my OS. That should work for you if Boot folder is located on first drive.
To check where your Boot folder is located enable hidden and system files view and look on both HDD first partitions for this folder.
I would recommend copying it from second HDD to first one. Then set the system partition on first HDD as active. Turn off PC - remove second HDD - boot from Win 7 DVD and run repair. Since then it must boot from first drive.
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AndrewCaltiAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for all the responses. I will try these solutions as soon as i get home from work. Just to verify for you guys, Win7 DID infact place a temp folder on the secondary HDD with the following txt files:
bcdinfo
bootfailure
disklayout
SrtTrail
SrtTrail
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noxchoCommented:
Copy them back to first drive. Then run the operation I recommended.
Also where is Boot folder located?
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AndrewCaltiAuthor Commented:
Okay here's some new problems for you guys:

After copying over that folder and removing the secondary drive i tried to run the recovery tools on the install disk except it doesnt even see an operating system. It said that if no OS is present to load drivers for my HDD so i think im gonna look online for some drivers until you guys respond... Oh and I also cant seem to find that boot folder anywhere, is there a certain place that you wanted me to look? I looked on both drives but found nothing, and yes hidden folders are "unhidden"
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noxchoCommented:
Ok. I know how to look for this folder.
Download this trial from here and install it: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-professional/
Then run it and in vertical tabs find Volume Explorer. Browse both drives and see if Boot folder is there.
Also the repair of Windows will not find any OS if the drive is not set active. Tested this myself already on Windows 7 64bit Ent.
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