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Thread: Failed to start up after removal of unused hard drive

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    Failed to start up after removal of unused hard drive

    When I removed an un-used hard drive, I couldn't start up Linux. I wonder if there is a small chance that I did use that hard drive as a boot sector or something to that effect.
    I did try to boot up using a gParted disc and I could mount and see the correct hard drive is in the computer.

    The error was invalid file system or something like that, and falls back to grub.

    I put back the other hard drive and it boots up successfully.

    How would I fix this? Is it by any chance that the two hard drive IDs are generated differently when both are in there and cause problem?

    I would like to have a choice of removing the un-used hard drive if I need it for something else. Thanks.

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    Re: Failed to start up after removal of unused hard drive

    I would say the chance is huge, not small.

    BIOS or UEFI? The instructions are different.

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    Re: Failed to start up after removal of unused hard drive

    The setup is BIOS.

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    Re: Failed to start up after removal of unused hard drive

    So the bootloader is at the MBR of the drive you removed.

    Boot with both drives and simply install Grub to the one you want to keep.

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    Re: Failed to start up after removal of unused hard drive

    Great. Thanks. It works now after install the grub on to the correct drive.

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