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Windows 7: backed up, restored to new ssd, booted, reformatted old, won't boot

14 Feb 2016   #1
dukeofurl

Win 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 
backed up, restored to new ssd, booted, reformatted old, won't boot

I'm at a loss. I can't even figure out what happened.

Ok, this is on a client's machine, which makes it worse...
Dell from a couple years ago. I backed up the drive, using Acronis. The old drive was 1 TB. I then cloned the disk to a new SSD, also 1 TB. It went fine. I rebooted, it was much faster of course, so I knew it was booting from the SSD. I did it a few times to be sure. All was good. The I reformatted the old drive. I restarted to show the client, and it wouldn't boot.

It said something about Insert Boot disk to continue.

I just don't know what happened, it WAS working, and then it stopped.

Now I'm trying an emergency restore and hoping that works.

Help!


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14 Feb 2016   #2
dukeofurl

Win 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Oh, I tried booting from a plain Win7 disk, hoping the repair utilities would fix the problem. I got a message saying it was invalid for this version. I tried a Win7 32 bit CD. Same thing. I tried a "universal" disk I made a few years ago. Same thing. So I don't know.
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14 Feb 2016   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You left the bootmgr on the HDD and never transferred that. I would do a startup/repair.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...-us/kb/2622803
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14 Feb 2016   #4
dukeofurl

Win 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

How do I do a startup repair if the Windows CD won't let me in to the repair tools? I'm not getting a message about Bootmgr Missing. Is there a way to fix this manually?
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14 Feb 2016   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You may not get the message but since you cannot boot you obviously have a bootmgr problrm.
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14 Feb 2016   #6
dukeofurl

Win 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Ok, that is the problem. How do I fix it? It won't allow me to startup from a Win7 CD, when I try to run to startup repair, it says the CD is invalid. I think I need to find another way to do it. I'm in panic mode here. None of the methods on that MS page work for me.
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14 Feb 2016   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Download another Windows iso and make a new installation DVD
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14 Feb 2016   #8
dukeofurl

Win 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

I have tried 3 different ones, nothing works.
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14 Feb 2016   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Keep trying. You give up too easy. And this time do it right.
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14 Feb 2016   #10
dukeofurl

Win 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

I don't know what you mean by "do it right" but - brand new Win7 CD from an MSDN ISO copy, and it still says This Version of System Recovery Options is not compatible...
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