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Windows 7: 12/9/14 windows update>pc won't boot from ssd

17 Dec 2014   #11
matix018

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It would allow me for disk 2 and 3, though, if I wanted to...


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18 Dec 2014   #12
whs
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Try "Set Windows Boot Partition" which is 3 steps under Modify.
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18 Dec 2014   #13
matix018

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Error: failed to find Windows directory
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18 Dec 2014   #14
whs
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Question: Has the SSD always been GPT ??
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18 Dec 2014   #15
matix018

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I'm sorry, Im not sure. gpt vs mbr is a completely new topic to me I haven't knowingly done anything to change it
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18 Dec 2014   #16
whs
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Then I suspect the SSD already came GPT initiated from the factory. That is not very smart of them for such a small disk. Here is why:

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Most OSes have GPT-specific boot quirks on BIOS-based computers. The best, such as Linux, install and boot fine on GPT systems, so long as you follow the advice for creating appropriate partitions. Others, such as Windows, are much more challenging to get booting in this way. With all OSes, be aware that there are some buggy BIOSes that have problems booting from GPT disks. These problems can usually be overcome, but you should be aware of the issue before you try to set up a system to boot from a GPT disk in BIOS mode.
Source: Booting from GPT

I have an idea how to fix it, but it will be some work. We'll have to image the 2 partitions and delete them from the disk. Then convert the disk to MBR and put the image back on. Would you be OK with that ?? I would show you the steps.
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18 Dec 2014   #17
matix018

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Yes, I would be most grateful!
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18 Dec 2014   #18
whs
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OK

Step 1 - download this .iso from my Onedrive (right click on the icon at my OneDrive). Burn that .iso to a CD. This is a live CD of the Macrium imaging program.

Step 2 - Make a folder on your external Passport and call it "Images". Then boot the PC with the Macrium CD and make an image of the 2 partitions on the SSD. Here is a Macrium tutorial I made. If you have questions, ask back.

Step 3 - delete the 2 partitions from the SSD using the bootable partition wizard. Make sure you end up with unallocated space.

Step 4 - Convert the SSD to MBR disk with partition wizard

Step 5 - put the image of the 2 partitions back on the SSD. For that you also use the Macrium CD. Here is a tutorial that mu friend Keith made on how to restore an image. When it asks you to restore the MBR, say yes.

Step 6 - have a look at the restored SSD using partition wizard, take a picture and post it here. In principle the SSD should boot now. If it does not, there is a problem with the bootmgr or the MBR, but that can be fixed.
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18 Dec 2014   #19
matix018

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I've burned the iso file but am now getting this message:

(I can open the CD on another computer and macrium is there, and when I insert the partition wizard disc into my pc I can boot just fine)


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18 Dec 2014   #20
whs
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Is this an 8.1 UEFI system. If yes, you have to change the BIOS to legacy mode.
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