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Windows 7: Cloned OS hdd to ssd, now ssd will NOT boot

06 May 2016   #1
Modifyinc

Windows 7
 
 
Cloned OS hdd to ssd, now ssd will NOT boot

I have tried to cloned my old hdd from my laptop to a SSD using the clone feature in EaseUS Todo Backup Free and also EaseUS Partition Master (paid version), yet after it completes, the SSD always fails to boot.

The error is "Operating System not found"

When running the Windows 7 Repair disc, it does not even detect my OS in the System Recovery Options window.

System Recovery Options reports "Windows found problems with your computer startup options. Do you want to apply repairs and restart your pc."

The details of the fix show that it will repair the {bootmgr}

And the following startup options will be added:
Name: Windows 7 Home Premium (recovered)
Path: Windows
Windows Device: Partition=D: (122001 MB)

Name: Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
Path: Recovery\..long guid name..\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition=D: (122001 MB)
Copy of the current boot configuration data will be saved as C:\Boot\BCD.Backup.0001

Of course, I select yes for the repair, but then I get this error: Failed to save startup options.

I'm certain this error is because no OS is detected in the Recovery Options window; it's just blank. Yet when I run bootrec /rebuildbcd, it finds [1] D:\Windows installation, but it fails with this error: "The requested system device cannot be found."

I'm confident most, if not all, of these errors are a direct result of the Recovery Options not seeing my OS. Why would it not see it though if /rebuildbcd is able to detect it?

In diskpart, it shows boot is NOT enabled for the SSD, though the C drive (partition 1) is active and does contain the Boot folder and BCD store data. Windows is on the D drive (partition 2).

Not sure if this is important, but it was bugging me during both clone attempts. The System Reserved is 100MB on the original drive, yet every time it cloned or created that partition on the SSD, it would change it to 101. Wouldn't that partition need to match precisely so the starting sectors line up correctly? If so, I tried to change it, but it always rounded up what ever I typed in the box.

Also, there is a hidden recovery partition on the original drive, but it's not copied because using the Migrate OS to HDD/SDD in EaseUS Partition Master only copies the OS portion (partition 1 and 2).

Any suggestions why a simple clone would fail twice like this? Hope I provided enough details, if not, just let me know.

Mike


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06 May 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Try Macrium Reflect, many success stories with it here.

Macrium Reflect Free

Are you shrinking the OS partition so it fits on the ssd ?

Not sure if it matters as some programs do it automatically, but just asking.

Your repair disc may not find it because it`s not on the same drive anymore, that`s a downside I found to windows imaging, even though you did not use it.
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07 May 2016   #3
Modifyinc

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Try Macrium Reflect, many success stories with it here.

Macrium Reflect Free

Are you shrinking the OS partition so it fits on the ssd ?

Not sure if it matters as some programs do it automatically, but just asking.

Your repair disc may not find it because it`s not on the same drive anymore, that`s a downside I found to windows imaging, even though you did not use it.
I'm trying Macrium currently. One thing I noticed right away is it kept the same system partition size of 100MB from the source drive rather than 101.94 with EaseUS. No, I'm not shrinking my data, because the data used on the source drive is less than the destination drive.

I'm not sure if I follow you on why the repair disc isn't likely detecting my OS on the new ssd. Shouldn't the repair disk detect the OS regardless of what hdd/ssd is in the pc?
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07 May 2016   #4
Modifyinc

Windows 7
 
 

I've tried now three times, using different software and setups and still the same error message when I boot with the SSD: Operating System Not Found

What I really don't understand is why when running the System Repair disc, the System Recovery Options does not detect the OS, so the first window is empty and I can't select an OS. Yet, it detects problems have been found, and the details clearly show the issue, yet because the OS is NOT detected, it can't apply the repairs. The error: Failed to save startup options.

If it would only detect the OS, I feel the boot issue could be resolved. I'm lost to what could be causing this bizarre behavior.

Could the Recovery partition have anything to do with it? I am not copying the Recovery partition during any of this. Isn't the system reserved partition the boot partition since it holds the Boot folder and the BCD store?
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07 May 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Post a shot of disk management from the functioning OS.
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07 May 2016   #6
MeOnMine

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM
 
 

I see that Adram is barking up the right tree.

It would appear that you are only cloning the C: drive and you are leaving out the 100 Mb System Reserved.
You need to highlight the whole HDD to clone to the SSD.
The 100 Mb System Reserved is the Boot Manager and tells BIOS where the OS is located.
With out it or corrupt no booty wooty Windows.
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08 May 2016   #7
Modifyinc

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MeOnMine View Post
I see that Adram is barking up the right tree.

It would appear that you are only cloning the C: drive and you are leaving out the 100 Mb System Reserved.
You need to highlight the whole HDD to clone to the SSD.
The 100 Mb System Reserved is the Boot Manager and tells BIOS where the OS is located.
With out it or corrupt no booty wooty Windows.
The 100MB System Reserved is included. I think you misunderstood me when I said the Recovery partition was not included. I'm referring to the Manufacturer Recovery partition that is at the end of the disk. I found out by using EasyBCD that it had the BCD store on it (I guess Samsung is being like Dell in this case). So I moved it to the C drive (Windows partition) using EasyBCD. Note, I did not delete the System Reserved partition, though I would assume it would be safe now since the BCD store was moved to the C drive. But, if the BCD store was on the Manufacturer Recovery partition, then why was the System Reserved even necessary? Anyhow, I rebooted to make sure it would still boot. It did, so I proceeded to re-clone the drive again using Macrium, minus the Manufacturer Recovery partition (18GB) since it shouldn't be required anymore, and b/c I really needed the additional 18GB for my small OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD.

After swapping the drives out and powering up the laptop, I still received the same dreaded error message that I always get:
"Operating System Not Found!"

Can you or anyone explain why when I detail the SSD disk in diskpart, the flag "Boot Drive" always says "No". If this drive was cloned from the working Windows drive and the working Windows drive reports the "Boot Drive" flag as enabled (Yes), then why when I use the SSD would the Boot Drive flag always say No? I'm certain this is what is causing the redundant error message "Operating System Not Found!" after every attempt or change I have made to the drive. Seriously, how hard is it to enable the Boot Drive flag? What must I do!?
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08 May 2016   #8
Modifyinc

Windows 7
 
 

There is two things I find unique about this issue that seem to NEVER change no matter what I do to this drive:

1. The "Boot Drive" flag in diskpart is always set to No.

2. Running the startup repair disc while at the System Recovery window where it automatically scans for Windows Installations; it always comes up empty. No OS is display, so I can't select one to work with. Yet, it always reports "Windows found problems with your computer startup options. Do you want to apply repairs and restart your PC." and thus fails with "Failed to save startup options." when I click Yes to apply the repairs.

I find it odd but somewhat significant that these patterns of events never change.

Do I need to load a driver for my OCZ Vertex 4 SSD while in the System Recovery Options for my OS to be detected?
Is there something in the BIOS of this Samsung NP-RV510 laptop that could make my SSD incompatible as a boot drive?
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08 May 2016   #9
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

In diskpart, the "Boot Disk" represents the disk that you booted from. You may have multiple bootable disks connected, but only one will be tagged as the Boot Disk.

OTOH, the MBR partition scheme allows for one partition to be flagged as bootable. In Windows terminology, a partition being 'active' means it is flagged as such. In your first post you seemed to indicate that the System Reserved partition on the SSD was 'active'. If that's the case, I think the problem lies elsewhere. But as AddRAM indicated, a screenie of Disk Management when booted to the HDD (and the SSD plugged in) is the bare minimum necessary to make sure we're all on the same page.
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08 May 2016   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Copy the bootmgr to C before you clone it.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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