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Windows 7: Boot Mgr error when installing and transfering OS to new SSD

26 Oct 2013   #1
superyutz

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Boot Mgr error when installing and transfering OS to new SSD

Trying to transfer my OS to the new SSD I just got. Used Norton Ghost to copy my old HDD to new SSD. The software says Success but when I try to reboot on new drive I get "Boot Mgr missing" error. I used my Windows 7 install disk to try to fix the startup problem. No luck, so I'm here. Thanks in advance for any help....SY


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26 Oct 2013   #2
Golden
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26 Oct 2013   #3
TVeblen

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Flying Spaghetti Monster!
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26 Oct 2013   #4
TVeblen

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Make sure that both hard drives are using the same file system as the Spinner. Either MBR or GPT.
Did you initialize the SSD before cloning?
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26 Oct 2013   #5
superyutz

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Golden, tried all that Windows stuff, that's why I'm here. TVeblen, I'm using MBR, and the spinner is the same file system. Yes, the ssd is initialized to the NTFS file system and partitioned.
It seems the cloning software I'm using doesn't copy one drive to the other, but merges the two into one, only bootable by the original disk.
What am I doing wrong....This procedure is done every day to replace HDD's......Why is it such a mystery???
And nothing I've tried seems to work..
Just copy one drive to another......Come on..........Help!
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26 Oct 2013   #6
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by superyutz View Post
, only bootable by the original disk.
This would indicate that there is not an ACTIVE partition on the SSD.
The system looks for the first ACTIVE partition for the boot files. If the SSD truly has all of the files from C: (and System Reserved partition if you use that on the spinner) and won't boot, but the old spinner does, then that is what I would suspect.

Good cloning software should handle this chore automatically. You might need to do it manually with Norton software.

If you can post a screenshot of your Disk Management window with both drives installed we might see the problem.
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26 Oct 2013   #7
superyutz

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Well, I've used Norton Ghost software and I'm way beyond doing anything manually. Maybe you can suggest a good software suite that WILL do this automatically. Thanks, TVeblen and all for your help..........SY
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26 Oct 2013   #8
superyutz

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Oh, I'm going to keep trying things..........the partition was set to active by Ghost .......no luck......):
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26 Oct 2013   #9
superyutz

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Is my BIOS a suspect?
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26 Oct 2013   #10
Golden
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