Question Windows Doesn't Find Boot Device After Removing Spare Hard Drive

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I recently removed a HDD I wasn't using from my PC. No other changes were made and I confirmed that it was empty. When restarting, I now get a "Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key" message.

I've tried checking the cables, resetting BIOS, restarting, but it's still giving me the message. The drive I booted from before the change is plugged in, being detected by BIOS and is set to the boot device. Not sure what to do at this point.
 
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I'm pretty sure it was. I just don't get why it would've done that when windows was installed to the SSD. I tried windows recovery media, but it couldn't fix it. I just wiped the SSD and reformatted it and I'm back up and running now. No idea what stuff I lost, but beginning the fun process of reinstalling everything now.

Thank you.
 
I'm pretty sure it was. I just don't get why it would've done that when windows was installed to the SSD. I tried windows recovery media, but it couldn't fix it. I just wiped the SSD and reformatted it and I'm back up and running now. No idea what stuff I lost, but beginning the fun process of reinstalling everything now.

Thank you.
Yea, I hate that it does that. Always make sure only the drive you want Windows on is installed during the Windows installation. I know there's a way to fix it afterward but it is a huge pain in the butt. I think it was just something which improved boot times a little. But that isn't necessary with an SSD.
 
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