Windows 10: [Query]2nd internal HDD marked as 'system'-how to change?

Discus and support [Query]2nd internal HDD marked as 'system'-how to change? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Dear All, I have 2 internal HDDs connected to my system, say A and B. I am trying to make a full system image backup in Win 10. After selecting the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by onlytanmoy, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. [Query]2nd internal HDD marked as 'system'-how to change?


    Dear All,

    I have 2 internal HDDs connected to my system, say A and B.
    I am trying to make a full system image backup in Win 10. After selecting the backup location as external hard disc, and clicking "Next," I am asked to select the drives that I'd like to create a image backup of. My primary Windows drive (partition in HDD A) is selected by default and also the other HDD B (250 GB drive, no partition) is selected as well, i cannot uncheck it as it is being shown as system drive.
    After that I went to Disk Management and found that the HDD B is marked as System, Active, Primary partition...any way to change that now without any data less (obviously)?

    Thanks,
    Troy.

    :)
     
    onlytanmoy, Sep 12, 2015
    #1
  2. denmarfl Win User

    Upgrading 2 PC's from Windows 7 32 Bit to Windows 10 32 Bit...issues

    This may be helpful to others to document issues I experienced.

    When both PC's going from Win7 to Win10 32bit...completed the Upgrade, the Desktop appeared......and the blue spinning circle just kept on spinning. I waited up to 40 mins....the 1st PC finally started to add all the Desktop and Taskbar Icons....and finally
    the Blue spinning circle went away.... During this time nothing responded.

    The 2nd PC, I waited 45 mins at least....and decided right or wrong I was going to perform a Shutdown using Power button on PC. If I hosed the PC, I had a Backup. It re-booted and this time the desktop and Taskbar fully populated.

    But problems continued. This PC was a desktop and had a 2nd Internal hard drive installed. This HDD had all my data saved...and when I went to open software that its data was on this 2nd Internal HDD...I got the message the Drive did not exists. I re-booted
    ....saw that BOIS was seeing both my C drive and the 2nd HDD......but when I got to Windows.....that 2nd Internal drive still was not displayed in "This PC". Now I was getting worried.....BOIS sees the drive, Windows doesn't? Went into Manage, Disk Management,
    no surprises the 2nd Internal drive was not shown....not even a drive that was unallocated....

    I re-booted, went into BOIS, the Drive setting on my Desktop require you to manually Turn On and Off Motherboard Drive Ports.....all were correct, the Port the 2nd Internal HDD was been plugged into....it showed ON. I turned one Port that was Off...and
    should be off as nothing was plugged into it, ON...rebooted PC. BOIS flagged that there was no drive connected to the Port I just turned on.....which really was correct. However, proceeded to Start Win10. The 2nd HDD still was not being seen by Windows.
    Re-Booted; back into BOIS turned Unused Port back to Off. Proceeded to Windows......the 2nd Internal drive was finally displayed...but with a wrong drive letter. After using Disk management...and changing around Drive Letter...getting the 2nd HDD back to
    its prior letter...all...for now seems to be OK. Was it something I did in BOIS....or did the PC just need about 6 Re-boots before Windows finally saw the 2nd HDD......who knows.

    The only thing that could have caused this was the Upgrade.....how or why....I am thinking no one would have the answer.

    Seems the Upgrade from Win7 64bit to Win10 64bit, which I have done on 3 PC's goes much better than with the two 32bit PC's I have upgraded.

    Also, the 32bit Upgrade...it did not maintain my personalized settings, ie Text size..etc.

    So I conclude this Upgrade goes much better upgrading a 64bit PC than a 32bit PC..at least in my experience.
     
    denmarfl, Sep 12, 2015
    #2
  3. SB510 Win User
    Make 2nd internal drive the primary storage location

    Hi,

    I plan on using a PC for recording music only.

    I have the OS on a small 250gb SSD.

    I have a 2nd larger 1TB internal HDD that is more suitable for storage.

    I want to put the music software on the SSD only, and use the bigger 2nd drive for storing files and stuff.

    How can I make Windows choose the 2nd HD as a default storage location, instead of the main system drive?

    I'm sure many do this all the time, but in my last install, all the default Windows locations: Music, Pictures, Document, Downloads etc, all ended up on the main system drive.

    Thanks for any help!

    Shawna
     
    SB510, Sep 12, 2015
    #3
  4. Dude Win User

    [Query]2nd internal HDD marked as 'system'-how to change?

  5. thanks a lot for that helpful pointer mate...i also got many similar threads on this issue from there with solutions...will try out...it was my bad though should have kept the target drive connected only during OS installation..could have avoided all these complications...any ways lessons learnt.
     
    onlytanmoy, Sep 12, 2015
    #5
  6. Dude Win User
    I have seen having other hard drives cause that issue. I am one of the lucky ones, I have installed with other drives hooked up with now issue. Gotta love windows. Good luck and let us know how it works for you.
     
    Dude, Apr 5, 2018
    #6
Thema:

[Query]2nd internal HDD marked as 'system'-how to change?

Loading...
  1. [Query]2nd internal HDD marked as 'system'-how to change? - Similar Threads - Query 2nd internal

  2. How to Change Boot Disk from Internal HDD to External SSD

    in Windows 10 Customization
    How to Change Boot Disk from Internal HDD to External SSD: I've cloned C onto new external SSD. All I need now is: How do I make the PC boot from the new external SSD? https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/how-to-change-boot-disk-from-internal-hdd-to/c32a0a25-6c69-4d8a-9835-ad20bb4bb05d
  3. Question mark on HDD

    in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware
    Question mark on HDD: my hdd has a blue question mark symbol on it. i cant access the drive and it is not shown on the disk management https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/question-mark-on-hdd/18387b81-7a88-4936-92ef-41552dbaf302
  4. unable to update to 1809 with HDD caddy (2nd HDD)

    in Windows 10 Support
    unable to update to 1809 with HDD caddy (2nd HDD): hey i have rmoved the dvd rom and installed a seconed hdd i have ran windows 7 till windows 10 1803 (april update) hence the update to 1809 is not showing neither the setup ( when creating a USB) so I am unable to enter the boot menu of the 1809 i have to remove the 2nd...
  5. 2nd hdd caddy and windows 1809

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    2nd hdd caddy and windows 1809: Hey I have posted 2 topics about the inability to update to 1809 and I have figured out that it is due to the 2nd hdd caddy I have installed a 2nd Hdd caddy instead of my DVD rom on my laptop Since windows 7 Then I have upgraded my laptop to asus with windows 10 which had...
  6. Query changing Video Cards

    in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade
    Query changing Video Cards: I have a new PC that I have built nearly ready to go. Just need to install 32GB memory, an NVMe 1GB drive, 2 4TB spinning drives and a RTX 2080Ti card. I plan to install 16GB of memory and the NVMe drive next week hopefully. As the video card is expensive and a while away...
  7. 2nd Internal HDD Disappears after Restart

    in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware
    2nd Internal HDD Disappears after Restart: I am Having an Issue, I have a 120 GB SSD as my Primary Drive and a 2 TB secondary HDD, Everything works fine if I Turn the machine on, but if I restart the machine my 2nd HDD (the 2TB one) disappears from Windows. I have to Shut Down ans power back up to get it back. Dell...
  8. Error adding a 2nd internal hard drive

    in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware
    Error adding a 2nd internal hard drive: I was replacing My son' old computer and I decided to remove the HD and put it into my case for extra storage/back-up. When I start or restart the computer I get a screen I have never seen before on this computer. It is the American Maegtrends bios screen I believe. I've seen...
  9. Internal HDD

    in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware
    Internal HDD: Hi All.I have a Zoostorm desktop had it at the end of last year. It has a SSD & a Second hdd ''spinner''.All is working well the only issue is when I want to open a document there is a slight delay in the opening of it as all documents pictures etc are all stored on the...
  10. how to access documents on internal hdd

    in Windows 10 Support
    how to access documents on internal hdd: May I ask a question on behalf of my son Please. He has just updated his desktop from windows 7 to windows 10,All went fine. The only issue that he has,He has all the documents photos etc on a second internal hdd and the C drive has only the Windows ten operating system....