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Windows 7: Cannot boot from SSD after crash.

20 Apr 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot boot from SSD after crash.

I installed an SSD last September. When I did that I just cloned my old Hard Drive onto the SSD. With tremendous help from people here I was able to get it working and it works great. At least until yesterday afternoon. I had rebooted and gone downstairs for a few minutes. When I returned I had a black screen indicating I had a problem and I needed to Repair My Computer. I rebooted to see when it happened. It got to Starting Windows and then went immediately to the problem screen. I am not sure how to do a screen shot from the boot up process, but when I finish I will provide the exact information.

I tried to boot into Safe Mode and all the other options that come up when you hit the F8 key during the boot process. They all returned me to the same black screen.

After I installed the SSD and had it working I just disconnected my old drive in the computer. So I went in and reconnected it and tried booting from that drive and it booted just fine. Then I was able to access the files on my SSD. So my problem is that the SSD seems fine once it gets past the boot process.

Dell Computer tells me I have to do a clean install of Windows 7 and then reload all my software. I do have my data fully backed up so restoring that is not a problem. It just seems there should be a way to load whatever I need to boot up without having to destroy everything else that is on the SSD. So for starters can anyone tell me whether that is a possibility. It would sure save days of reinstalling software.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. I hope I have clearly described the problem. Thank you very much.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Is this SSD a Crucial MX 100?

Some users of that SSD are reporting problems related to the drive spontaneously disappearing. I haven't really dug into it, but I think it seems to be curable temporarily by a few complete shutdowns and reboots. May be related to power management settings that are set to allow the drive to sleep rather than remain fully on at all times.

Appears to be only a minority of MX 100 users. Dates back several months. No apparent fix on the way from Crucial. They did introduce a new firmware MU02, but there are mixed reports on whether or not it helps.

MX100 will not boot sometimes - Crucial Community

Not sure what you mean by "It just seems there should be a way to load whatever I need to boot up without having to destroy everything else that is on the SSD." Generally speaking, your choices are repair install, clean install, or restore from an image.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Apr 2015   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yea it would be nice to know what brand and model ssd,
The Crucial thread there was pretty far back 2012 until just last month but most of those that I read were using Cloning to transfer the old os to the ssd's,

I have now 4 crucial ssd's and I haven't seen any issues yet 1 is unused but most came from Amazon I believe 1 came from Newegg can't really remember but all were bought in the last 6 months
Of course that means little when we think about inventory or better yet old inventory
2-256 gb and 2-128 gb all mx100 line.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Apr 2015   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot boot from SSD after crash

Thanks for you reply. Very informative. I seem to have a lot of company with this problem on the Crucial MX-100 so I will concentrate my efforts there.

I was not aware of a Repair Install which seems to be exactly what I am looking for so for now I will consider this issue closed on this thread. If I get more information I will post it here.

Thanks again. This site is a terrific resource.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Apr 2015   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Look forward to an update
Yes repair install or just an outright clean install on an ssd is best and as straight forward as it gets,
Cloning at the least can go wrong in many unexpected ways not usually worth doing unless you don't have an install disk,
If you do there's really no reason to not clean install this is the time
Use the old hdd to transfer personal files only.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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