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Windows 7: Switching To SSD Questions

17 Mar 2012   #21
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The boot files need to be on the SSD drive for Windows to boot to it.

The startup repair should fix it so why the reluctance to try it?


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17 Mar 2012   #22
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
The boot files need to be on the SSD drive for Windows to boot to it.

The startup repair should fix it so why the reluctance to try it?
There's reluctance because I have no clue...

This is what confuses me; Where are these boot-files? On the C-drive right?
So, when I've copied the C-drive exactly, shouldn't they be on the SSD after a direct copy exactly like on the original?

Or are these boot-files floating in between drives somewhere?


This is how it's in my head, the system is installed on the C-drive. So when there's an exact replica of that data, that partition, on a different drive, it should do the same with that.
But I'm not trying to make my own assumption true of course, I am trying to find some clarity. Not just following a guide not being sure what I'm doing, not being sure IF I'm fixing/doing the thing I should be fixing/doing.


By the way, I must add, I did a direct copy with EASEUS, during which it rebooted, started Windows and before going in, like with CHKDSK and boot-time-defragging and such things, so without any system-files in use, it carefully made a copy of the partition. This was not a copy/paste-thing in Explorer or anything.
But again, it's not like I even seemed to have tested to boot from the new drive yet, so I'd like to know how I even can, if that's the thing to do.
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17 Mar 2012   #23
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Make sure the SSD is the only drive connected, give it drive letter C, make sure it has the active flag and run the startup repair.
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17 Mar 2012   #24
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

OK, but to give it letter C, do I first simply change the current C into another so that C is free for the partition on the SSD?
After that of course turn off the system and disconnect the other drive(s)?

Or should it be able to boot on the SSD alone no matter what letter?...
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17 Mar 2012   #25
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you can remap the old drive it will release drive letter C for the SSD.

You can disconnect the old drive then run the startup repair. Windows will look for drive letter C on the SSD.
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17 Mar 2012   #26
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

So, by that you mean, I do just go into Disk Management and change the old C to something else?

Because I was thinking that it would just instantly... well, crash basically, as it couldn't find the whole system-directory anymore of course.
Or would this only be changed on reboot since I'd be messing with the system-drive?
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17 Mar 2012   #27
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Partition Wizard really is your best bet to sort out your partitioning needs.

Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.

Once you've downloaded the ISO and burned it to disc you can boot into it and sort your drives out.

Just make any changes you need when you've booted into PW, apply the changes, and then boot back into Windows on completion.
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17 Mar 2012   #28
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You are over-complicating this.

You will never know if you succeeded if you have 2 drives connected.

Disconnect the old drive.

Does the PC then boot? Yes or no.

If yes, it's booting from the SSD since the SSD is the only drive connected.

If no, either do the clone again or try System Repair.
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17 Mar 2012   #29
DamageIncM

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You are over-complicating this.

You will never know if you succeeded if you have 2 drives connected.

Disconnect the old drive.

Does the PC then boot? Yes or no.

If yes, it's booting from the SSD since the SSD is the only drive connected.

If no, either do the clone again or try System Repair.
OK, see, I do not know these basic things. I just thought it HAD to have the C-letter or it wouldn't have the ability to boot anyway.

I'll try to copy it again and instantly try to boot with it on its own.

By the way, I don't need to change anything in the BIOS since it's an SSD?
I read something about changing the IDE-setting... But not sure if it was necessary.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Partition Wizard really is your best bet to sort out your partitioning needs.

Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.

Once you've downloaded the ISO and burned it to disc you can boot into it and sort your drives out.

Just make any changes you need when you've booted into PW, apply the changes, and then boot back into Windows on completion.
Then I'll try this afterwards, cause it sounds really handy.

Thanks for your patience with my incompetence on this. XD
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17 Mar 2012   #30
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks for that ignatzatsonic, it confirms what we've been asking the OP to do, but there seems to be some reluctance to do it.
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