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Windows 7: Ssd boot?


02 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
Ssd boot?

I just installed an SSD and used Acronis to put the OS back on.

It doesn't show in BIOS to boot, so I must have done something wrong.

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks,

Paul



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02 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

It appears that the system reserved partition (which the system boots from) is still on the first hard drive, there is not one on the SSD. That means that the SSD is not bootable unless the system boot files are included in the partition. If you used Acronis to copy the first hard drive to the SSD, I doubt that is the case. However, that does not mean it should not show in bios. All drives should show. I would recommend doing a clean install. Connect the SSD to port 0, set the bios to AHCI, and disconnect all other drives and do a clean install. Failing that, Paragon migrate, will transfer the OS to the SSD, format the drive and align it. It is $19.95, but well worth it. Or follow this tutorial to transfer the OS. SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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02 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
ssd

Thanks for the info.
I'm still confused as to why the recovery of OS from the Acronis backup did not make the drive bootable, but if I can't get it to work, I'll follow your suggestion.

Thanks,

Paul
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02 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

A clean install is THE way to go, and the time spent reinstalling the programs you already have shouldn't be a big deal with the SSD.
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02 Sep 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Thanks for the info.
I'm still confused as to why the recovery of OS from the Acronis backup did not make the drive bootable
I assume your original hard drive had at least 2 partitions: C and System Reserved.

When you used Acronis to "copy" the original installation, do you know for a fact that you made an image of BOTH of those partitions?

Or did you image C only?
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02 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Thanks for the info.
I'm still confused as to why the recovery of OS from the Acronis backup did not make the drive bootable
I assume your original hard drive had at least 2 partitions: C and System Reserved.

When you used Acronis to "copy" the original installation, do you know for a fact that you made an image of BOTH of those partitions?

Or did you image C only?
I copied MBR and main.


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02 Sep 2012   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Thanks for the info.
I'm still confused as to why the recovery of OS from the Acronis backup did not make the drive bootable
I assume your original hard drive had at least 2 partitions: C and System Reserved.

When you used Acronis to "copy" the original installation, do you know for a fact that you made an image of BOTH of those partitions?

Or did you image C only?
I copied MBR and main.
I have no idea if that is sufficient. I don't understand Acronis's cryptic ways.

Using Macrium, you would image System Reserved and C. No more. No less. And then restore both.

Your boot files are in System Reserved, so if you image System Reserved, you know you are getting the necessary files.
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02 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

I assume your original hard drive had at least 2 partitions: C and System Reserved.

When you used Acronis to "copy" the original installation, do you know for a fact that you made an image of BOTH of those partitions?

Or did you image C only?
I copied MBR and main.
I have no idea if that is sufficient. I don't understand Acronis's cryptic ways.

Using Macrium, you would image System Reserved and C. No more. No less. And then restore both.

Your boot files are in System Reserved, so if you image System Reserved, you know you are getting the necessary files.
It has always worked in the past when I had to do a restore due to virus or problems.
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02 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Did you try just having the SSD connected to see if it would boot from it?
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02 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Did you try just having the SSD connected to see if it would boot from it?
Wouldn't boot.
I'm going to call Acronis tomorrow - see if they can tell me what I did wrong.
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