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How to dual boot with two drives

HP p6710f
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)

I have a p6710f desktop that came with Windows 7 on a 1 TB HDD.

I temporarily disconnected the HDD & connected an SSD and installed Windows 7 on it. This boots up just fine.

Then connected both drives & booted into the BIOS and it showed both drives. I set the boot order for HHD before the SSD.

Turned off & powered back on & pressed the ESC key to bring up the boot menu. I selected the SSD, but the PC proceeded to boot from the HDD.

After that the PC would not recognize the SSD anymore, even when it was the only drive connected. Somehow selecting it from the ESC > boot menu corrupted it.

I had to repair the SSD by running the Windows 7 install disc.

How come selecting the SSD from the ESC > boot menu did not work?

Why did that process corrupt the SSD?

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