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Windows 7: Moving Bootloader from HDD to New SSD With Fresh W7 Install

16 Nov 2014   #1
Phantasmogasm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Moving Bootloader from HDD to New SSD With Fresh W7 Install

I recently installed a new SSD and installed windows 7 on it, with the hope of then formatting my current primary drive, however, i neglected to think about the current location of the bootloader, which is on said primary drive. I have created a 100MB space for it on the new SSD, and a suggested method i found online was copy the /boot directory to the SSD and do bcdedit /export X:\boot\bcd.

While CMD confirmed successful operation, i see no evidence that it worked, has this done anything to the new install of windows? also, what is a better way for me to transfer the bootloader to the new drive?

EDIT: i have a UEFI BIOS, so will i need to create an EFI bootloader space?

Thanks


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17 Nov 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Will the SSD boot the PC with the old drive disconnected? If yes, I'd say that's the evidence you need.
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17 Nov 2014   #3
gregrocker

 

Where did you find that solution? Certainly not here.

Normally you'd unplug all HD's during any OS install. If not you'd need to first move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums before unplugging the other HD.

But it would be best now to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
so we can advise you how to move the Bootmgr correctly, since the standard solution might not work if its been messed up further.
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17 Nov 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As suggested, unplug everything but the ssd, re install windows. Create and align partition out of the entire ssd for windows, you don`t need a system reserved partition, it`s a waste of time.

Make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD to do all of this, works perfectly, every time

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

It can also be done with your windows 7 install dvd and diskpart.

DISKPART : At PC Startup

SSD Alignment
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17 Nov 2014   #5
Phantasmogasm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 



Here is my current drive arrangement. i need to move the bootloader from disk 2 to disk 0. surely there has to be an easier way than unplugging all the other drives and reinstalling windows again?

EDIT: Thanks greg for the EasyBCD suggestion, trying now will report back on how it goes.
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17 Nov 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

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