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Windows 7: Transfer of Win 7/64 SSD to new motherboard failed

14 Apr 2012   #1

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 
Transfer of Win 7/64 SSD to new motherboard failed

I'm stuck in the installation of a new motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - and the transfer of a Windows 7/64 Home Premium system SSD to it, and would appreciate some advice in how to extricate myself and get this working. The basic story is that a Sysprep'd SSD wasn't recognized as having an OS when I booted with the new motherboard and now it's not being recognized with the old motherboard either.

Update: trying again. Was able to restore Win 7 SSD from EaseUs backup and then make a System Repair CD and a Windows image. Hopefully, those will provide security if the changeover doesn't work again.

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15 Apr 2012   #2

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Folllow up: To get the Win 7 SSD to boot on the new motherboard, I had to restore a system image with a repair install, per Karl's instructions at Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer. Finally!

The problem now is no mouse, or really, no power to the USB ports, front or back. What's strange is that there was no problem all day when I was doing the Windows system repairs. Probably something simple, but all the USB controllers are enabled in BIOS and the front case cable is plugged in a board header, so I'm not sure where to turn next. Any ideas? Thanks.
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15 Apr 2012   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

HI there
is the Corded Mose one of those older IBM PS/2 types (with the Round connectors).

Try at least initially with a "Bog standard" USB mouse - usually the cheaper the better as it will work from a generic driver.

Also ensure the USB hardware is recognized -- if you have any trouble initially then set the BIOS to USB in legacy mode. That should ensure at least USB1 type devices will work.

Don't forget to change it back again afterwards.

Once you've booted up you can then search for the appropriate drivers. - If you have a utilities disk that came with the mobo maybe you should run that as well. You can usually with Tab key etc get the CD to run without a mouse.

Cheers
jimbo
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15 Apr 2012   #4

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Sorry, I was testing and editing when you replied. I've tried four mice from three different brands, but wasn't sure it was a USB issue until I tried the one (corded) that has a light when it gets power; it never did.
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15 Apr 2012   #5

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Ok, I'm really stuck. The USB port mouse works when I boot from the Win 7 update disk, but when I boot into the Win 7 SSD there is no USB. That suggests the USB drivers didn't make the recovery and aren't getting loaded with the SSD. I tried running a repair install from the Win 7/64 DVD, but it returns the error message that its version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with what I have installed. Same response when I try the Windows System Recovery CD I made before running Sysprep with the old mobo. Any ideas how to solve this?
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15 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Have you installed the motherboard device drivers? For your USB 3.0 ports on this board to function at least, you need to install the Etron USB 3.0 Driver. It may be that your mouse is plugged in to one of the USB 3.0 ports?
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15 Apr 2012   #7

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Yeah, that (Gigabyte drivers) finally dawned on me after posting. The Win 7 install has AutoRun off, so I can't open the Gigabyte CD to run it. I'm doing it right now on the XP drive, where the mouse/USB ports are working, but that will do any good for the Win 7 one?

What I just discovered booting to the XP drive, which I hadn't used Sysprep on, is that all I had to do was reactivate it (or wait 3 days) and it's up and running. Would that have worked with the Win 7 one, or is Win 7 different that way?
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15 Apr 2012   #8
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I would Clean reinstall to the SSD to avoid all of these problems and possibly others. You want the freshest install to take advantage of the faster SSD performance.

Everything you need is here for OEM or retail: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Unplug all other HD"s and peripherals first. Delete all partitions during install. After install plug back in other HD's, boot XP using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.
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15 Apr 2012   #9

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Are you suggesting a clean install, then a recovery, or a complete (ugh) reconstruction? I'm still going to have to restore the SSD's backup somewhere to get lots of files on it. I'm wondering if I'd be better off reinstalling the old board, turning off Autorun and installing the new board's utilities - if they'll take - backing it up and then doing the whole process over again. That wouldn't prevent a clean install.

In the meantime, with the XP drive I can't get an internet connection. Cable side is as it should be, per the cable company and lights on the modem. I power cycled the modem and wireless router (pass thru) and bypassed the router, and installed the Gigabyte utils from the CD, but no change. Where else should I look? Thanks,
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15 Apr 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Often changing mobo requires a XP Repair Install.

Just backup your files externally, unplug all other HD's, boot Windows 7 installer to Clean Reinstall.
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