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Windows 7: SSD migration strange problem

16 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM - NL 64 bit
SSD migration strange problem

Hi everyone,

Today I have tried to migrate my HDD install of OEM windows 7 that was shipped with my Asus laptop to a new bought SSD in the same laptop, with a very strange result: The computer boots and starts up windows 7 on solely the SSD-drive, lets me type in my passwords, but then turns to a black desktop screen where I can move the mouse with only the text:
Windows 7
Build (...)
U gebruikt geen legitieme versie van Windows (You do not have a genuine version of Windows)

This is when my former HDD is detached, and the SSD is connected in the former DVD-slot. However when I reconnect my HDD, and still boot from my SSD, Windows DOES start up. Until the password screen this is very quick, after this it is slow as usual (laptop from 2009). Looking in Disk manager it shows the following:

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So it says that booting and windows are performed from my SSD, however all the other programs are clearly ran from my old HDD, regarding the time it takes and the noise that the old HDD makes.
Any ideas how to solve this problem? should I switch my SSD and HDD physically in the laptop? or is it because of the OEM version of windows?

some other information: I used EaseUS backup tool to clone the windows partition. Then ran EasyBCD to copy the boot sector to the SSD (or was this wrong?), switched the BIOS boot order, unplugged old HDD, started windows recovery usb drive and performed Startup repair three times, tried to startup with halt as described above, plugged HDD back in, could startup again.

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16 Mar 2015   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit 17"Laptop

Try doing a true clone of the HDD to SSD using the drive manufacturer's cloning software (Samsung has their own for example).
Then physically install the SSD in the HDD location and do not reconnect the HDD. Your version of Windows is tied to the Motherboard most likely, so that is not the issue.
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17 Mar 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM - NL 64 bit

Thanx jc836

My sdd wasn't shipped with any drivers or software. So cannot do that one.
I will try to switch the HDD and SDD now, if that doesn;t work I'll try to do a full HDD clone with other software.
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17 Mar 2015   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit 17"Laptop

Let us know how it goes. You can use Macrium Reflect if need be for cloning.
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17 Mar 2015   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM - NL 64 bit

Thanks for the help, I solved it.
Eventually the problem was that my USERS folder, including APPDATA was on a separate partition, instead of on the C:\ drive. I backuped all my documents and pictures, and moved the APPDATA and the rest of my account back to the C:\ drive through a temporary admin account, then changed the user profile registry entry to the default location (C:\users\%userprofile). After that I cloned the C:\ partition again, and this time it works flawlessly.

and.... quick
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18 Mar 2015   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit 17"Laptop

Good you have it fixed and running fast.
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