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I installed Debian 8 on my laptop, all went well. I switched the laptop off and back on a few times over a number of days and it booted into the OS fine.

I have since removed the hard drive and used my Windows hard drive for a while.

I have today put the Debian hard drive back in and it will only boot to the GRUB command line and not the OS.

Why? How do I make it boot into the OS?

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If I understand your question correctly, GRUB is loading at startup, because you swapped out your hard drive. To correct this, you will have to go into your BIOS and reconfigure your boot settings.

Alternatively, if the issue is that you are running headless, try running the command startx.

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