I’m not a Windows guy. I work with Linux and Mac. So this seems odd to me, but here is the story.
We have a Dell PC running Windows 7 which came with a 1 TB internal drive which contains the Windows OS and a package of bundled applications like MS Office. I have been able to copy the entire contents of the internal drive to the SSD, but the only one I can get it to boot from the SSD is to have the cables to the internal drive disconnected.
What I want to do is use the internal hard drive as a data drive only now while still booting from the SSD. How to I make Windows switch from trying to boot from the internal drive and boot from the SSD?
Is this a BIOS problem, where you can select what order to look to boot? Or does this have something to do with Windows? I thought someone once told me that Windows remembers where it booted from and makes it difficult for it to be changed. He might have not explained it very well, or I didn’t understand well because on Linux and the Mac this is something I have easy to do.
The other part of this question, is that since the 1 TB internal drive came with besides the Windows OS, it has the package of bundled apps, if I wiped out the drive entirely, would I be losing access to something that might later be needed?
Or should I remove this 1 TB drive, put it on a shelf and replace it with a new internal drive to make this system “forget” about booting from the hard drive?