Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Might be missing MBR & 100MB partition on Boot SSD

28 May 2011   #11

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Doesn't he currently have his programs installed on another partition?

If he wants to have them on the new SSD - it is either reinstall them, or copy them over and make the registry adjustments.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

I guess I missed that part. You are correct.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2011   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Reinstalling everything is likely to be the most robust way to go. It may even be the fastest if you take all the possible alternate fiddling into account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 May 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I just re-installed Windows not long ago on my 30GB OCZ drive. Once I got my Intel drive squared away:

I just made a Image of the OCZ drive with Acronis (I did disable the PageFile just before Imaging. Recreated once new drive was up and running)
Unplugged it, and hooked up the Intell Drive
Booted from Acronis CD, and restore the Image to the Intel Drive.

It Resized the Image to fit, and everything was fine. Even the alignment.

Boot to Windows and let it re-install drivers and reboot. Then you can hook up the old SSD, and format it.

In my case, I had several games installed on a mechanical HD. As well as Music Library etc on other drives.
Other than installing new drivers for the SSD, everything was normal, including the installed programs on mechanical drives.

BTW, I didnt have a 100MB reserved in my image either.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Greetings All,

The question by essenbe is interesting:

"... is there any reason he cannot clone the drive then extend the C drive in disk management? The clone feature would solve his problems of activating software."

If this is a doable, it would save me about 3-days of uninstalling, reinstalling, updating, and configuring my system and give me the benefit of having all of my programs on the SSD.

I'll keep checking back. Thanks again.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2011   #16

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint

Phroneo, That would work if you had everything on the old SSD. I have 2 and do it all the time. However, with your programs on 2 different drives it won't work. You want all programs on one dive as I understand it. If that is the case you may be better off with a clean install since you are going to have to install those programs anyway. Wish I knew something better to tell you. Sorry.

Also, by doing a clean install, you can still work off your old disk until you get your new one set up. That would take some pressure off of having to do everything at once, and may give you better performance from the new SSD. I say a clean install is always best just not as convienent.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2011   #17


If you need to wait to reinstall, you can always image both the Win7 and the programs partition to the new SSD using Acronis.

If it holds alignment you should get SSD performance now for your programs and decide if you like it enough to keep it that way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Gregrocker & essenbe,

I think that I'm going to image my 64GB SSD to my 120 SSD for C: drive OS setup and then image my Program Files (F partition to my 64GB SSD and redirect the Users data to the 1TB WD HDD. That might be a interim answer.

I don't know if this is the forum to ask this next question but I'll try. I've got a simple network in our home with 3 systems on it. I don't yet have central network storage so most of the time we're saving in Network\System1\Users\Public. Because the network is using the Users path, I wondering if redirecting the Users folder will have any effect on this.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2011   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mate, you may care to have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installations
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2011   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Thanks for that tutorial on how to move the User Files. It's easy to follow and I'll use it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Might be missing MBR & 100MB partition on Boot SSD

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Deleted 100mb partition, mobo cant boot OR read HDD now... HELP!!
So I was trying to install the OS into my 3TB hard drive and after finding the exact same one on sale, I bought another to set up RAID 1. I noticed in disk mgr that my partitions were all messed up (3 total - 350gb, 2.xxtb, and 6xxgb) where I was suppose to select drives to install windows to...
General Discussion
The 100mb (or was it gb) boot partition - query
Hi, Just read a tutorial on here about optimising hdd performance in w7. It talks about doing a disk wipe and then creating a boot partition using diskpart so you don't end up with the 'dreaded' 100mb (or was it gb) boot partition My question really is what was so dreadful about this boot...
Installation & Setup
Missing boot menu and missing data partition
Hi there, I'm still very happy with my XP Pro, but I thought I'd set up a dual boot with Win7 ultima 64 and check it out. So I popped in another hdd that was sitting idly in a drawer and installed 7 on it. I fully expected that Win7 would be able to see there's an XP installation and create a...
Installation & Setup
I NEED 100MB partition
Hello, Here is my situation: I have an older hard drive, which was used for my previous operating system. Disk has two partitions: System (C: ) and Data (D: ) I want to delete all data on System partition but nothing on Data partition. I also want to have only one system for booting at this...
Installation & Setup
Installation: Partition - why a 100MB system partition
Hello, I have started the installation process of windows 7 on a clean 1 TB hard drive. In order to ensure expediency of the read time of my primary drive, I choose the custom installation. When I did I partioned the drive as 250GB & 700GB. Hoever it also created a 100MB system partition on its...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:18.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App