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Windows 7: Installed Win 7 Ult x64 on mSata SSD, EFI System Part on other drive?


27 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Installed Win 7 Ult x64 on mSata SSD, EFI System Part on other drive?

I will try to make a long story short.

Got my computer 1 month ago, and it had Windows 8 pre-installed on the 750gb HDD. I had heard it might have an mSata port on the motherboard, so I ordered a 256gb Crucial mSata SSD. Well, turns out my computer did not have the mSata port. Instead, I purchased an mSata -> Sata 2.5" HD caddy. I moved my 750gb HDD into an optical -> sata caddy, and put my 256gb SSD into the old HDD spot.

I loaded up Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on the SSD, wiped the partions on the 750gb HDD (but not the 500MB EFI System Partition or the 40mb OEM Partition), and all was well. I had an awesome SSD for my os / programs, and a solid storage drive.

Well my storage drive starting getting a random click...and it bothered me so Dell just sent me a replacement. I loaded up the replacement tonight and on reboot my computer couldn't find a bootable device.

I honestly thought Windows 7 installed on the SSD would have created a boot record.

I tried loading my Windows 7 DVD at boot to repair, and it gave me some incompatibility error.

I created a 500mb partition on my SSD, but haven't done anything yet. I thought about copying the EFI System partition over, but I also don't want to screw anything up.

Can anyone give me some advice. I have spent 3 weeks setting up all the programs, my preferences, etc.. I really don't want to reinstall Windows. I have done nightly backups using Acronis True Image.

The 750GB drive I believe is a GPT though it is formatted for NTFS.

I am at a loss.

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27 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I guess one possible option is to make an exact clone of the current D drive, using an SATA - USB adaptor with the new drive attached, or something.

Though I will "always" be locked to that drive being important for Windows to start.
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27 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok I was able to access the System recovery options per this Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

I tried setting the C drive as my active partition, but I got the "this isn't a fixed MBR partition" error, because I guess its GPT. And if I convert it, it will likely wipe everything won't it?
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27 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I attempt to run the solutions here: CREATE MBR

I first ran them just fine when my 750GB hdd was still in the laptop. Files copied, the boot..commands worked, even the windows 7 installation was found.

Once I removed the drive from the equation and was going off of my SSD alone...it can't find Windows 7, the bcdboot c:\windows fails, etc...

bah
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27 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Unplug the 750GB drive and run the startup repair

Tutorial link below

Startup Repair

Note   Note
Turn off PC before doing working inside the PC
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27 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I try bcdboot c:\windows (without my 750gb drive in) it tells me "failure when attempting to copy boot files"
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27 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Unplug the 750GB drive and run the startup repair

Tutorial link below

Startup Repair

Note   Note
Turn off PC before doing working inside the PC
Yea I have run it multiple times, each time saying there are no issues, yet when I reboot the computer I am immediately told there is no boot device.
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27 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What is interesting...is if I startup the Recovery DVD under UEFI dvd mode, then it finds a Windows 7 Ultimate N (recovered) on (unknown) local disk.

So when I run startup repair on that...it just ends up telling me all things good.
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27 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Can you boot up to the desktop without the 750gb plugged in ?
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27 Mar 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No.

In fact, I am now at a point where I tried some of those bootrec options suggested in other threads, and now I am offered a Windows 7 and Windows 8 boot option at startup..and selecting Windows 7 causes me to see the Windows boot logo forever, it never goes forward.

So I have basically screwed myself up now..and I am at a loss as to the next steps.
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