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Windows 7: Installed SSD, transferred windows to it but problem

28 Apr 2015   #1
TeamMM3

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 
Installed SSD, transferred windows to it but problem

I bought my first SSD today and decided to go ahead and transfer windows over to it via EaseUS Todo Backup. Had no issues doing that. Went into disk management and made the SSD Active. Then went into the boot screen and booted from the SSD. It asked me which version of windows I wanted to boot from (basically from which hard drive I wanted to boot from because they are both the same version of windows 7) then proceeded to boot from the new SSD.

At this point it appeared everything was working fine. However, I then turned off my computer and unplugged my old HDD to see if everything was really working only to find that I was unable to boot from it alone. I read on here to try and boot from a windows CD and repair up to three times. This didn't seem to change anything as I was still unable to boot from the SSD without the HDD in my computer.

The System Reserved space (100 MB) is still located on Disk 0 which is my original HDD. I'm guessing this should be on my SSD in order to allow me to boot without the old HDD. My goal is to completely wipe that hard drive once I get windows on my SSD. I'd also like to make my SSD the C drive if possible since this is what I'm used to.

I've attached two pictures, the first is just my disk management screen. The second is the system recovery options when you boot from the windows repair CD however when I go to that screen without my HDD in I don't see any operating systems in the list. I clicked next and tried repairing 3 times but like I said, this didn't seem to do anything.

I'd appreciate any help! Thanks




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28 Apr 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

Move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums

Then I'd swap the cable with Disk0 so that the SSD is in that position so that nothing can derail the bootmanager again to a preceding Primary drive during repairs or reinstall. But only do that if its a suitable port for the SSD.

Make sure the SSD is set first drive to boot in BIOS setup.

Then if you still need to boot the HD, boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.
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29 Apr 2015   #3
TeamMM3

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

I followed your instructions and with both hard drives plugged in it seemed to boot fine and show correctly in the disk management screen. It showed as drive 0 but was still drive F. I unplugged the old HDD to see if it would work without it and it booted up, asked me to log in, went through a first time login setup (forget exactly what it was called), then gave me a blank blue desktop saying in the corner Windows 7 Build 7601 not genuine. The SSD was drive C however. I then booted from the repair CD, repaired, tried booting again and got the same screen. I plugged in the old HDD again but booted from the SSD and now I get the same not genuine screen but it's black instead of blue. So I attempted to repair once again with both hard drives in but again the same screen. Now I've booted up from the HDD and it seems to be working fine for now this way but now it seems I may have broken the Windows version installed on the SSD. Any idea what to do?

EDIT: Forgot to mention also that now when I boot to the repair CD I see both copys of windows whereas before with HDD unplugged I seen nothing in that screen.
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29 Apr 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

As long as SSD was System Active it should boot on its own. Best to unplug all other drives to test or repair. The problem you describe sounds different.

Sometimes during imaging one can experience Drive Letter slippage causing blue non-Genuine. Moving Win7 Partition to Another Drive. But if you're sure it was booting as C then the image likely corrupted else ways.

Probably would be easiest to save a backup image with Macrium then apply it from boot disk with all default auto settings. Simply drag the image partitions to the target drive you've deleted from link below it, adjust sizes if necessary from similar link. Imaging with free Macrium

Do this with only target and source drives plugged in, shut down to unplug Source then it should boot.
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29 Apr 2015   #5
TeamMM3

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

So before I do this should I wipe the SSD? It just sucks having to start all over when it seems so close. The drive boots as disk 0 and with the identifiers boot, system, active, primary partition and stuff. I just don't understand why the repair tool doesn't recognize any issues.
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29 Apr 2015   #6
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TeamMM3 View Post
So before I do this should I wipe the SSD? It just sucks having to start all over when it seems so close. The drive boots as disk 0 and with the identifiers boot, system, active, primary partition and stuff. I just don't understand why the repair tool doesn't recognize any issues.
Sounds an awfully lot like drive letter slippage during imaging. What app did you use? How do you know its booting as C since repair mode can have different letters.
Moving Win7 Partition to Another Drive

Either way it is likely corrupted so I'd save another image using an app like our favorite linked which rarely fails.
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29 Apr 2015   #7
TeamMM3

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

I used EaseUS Todo Backup Free. Tried to use the Samsung program that came with my drive but that didn't work. I didn't know repair mode showed different letters. I believe that is where I seen that it was the C drive so maybe it never was.

EDIT: So when I make a backup of my C drive with Macrium do I include both the Primary Drive and System Reserve? And I'm guessing I back this up to one of my other hard drives so I can restore it later?
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29 Apr 2015   #8
gregrocker

 

Yes, both. Then load image into app or from boot disk, select target SSD, delete all partitions beneath it. Then drag both partitions to SSD, adjust C size from similar links beneath.

Leave It at all defaults. Unplug source to boot. Never needed to repair but that would be confirming Active to run 3 Startup repairs.
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29 Apr 2015   #9
TeamMM3

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Alright I appreciate your help. I guess I've got a 4 hour wait now while it creates the backup file
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29 Apr 2015   #10
TeamMM3

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

This is so frustrating. Absolutely regretting the purchase of this SSD now. I've been trying to solve this for three days and still have gotten no where. I do appreciate the help this is just so confusing. I created a backup that I put on a separate hard drive. I booted from the windows repair CD, attempted to load the backup image but got a message saying the specified location does not contain information about your hardware and was unable to continue. Now I am reading that I need to create a rescue media CD in Macrium however at the screen where you choose Windows PE or Linux, after clicking next I get a message saying check that your rescue media can access your drives. I have no idea what this means.
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