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Windows 7: Trouble upgrading from HDD to new SSD

20 Jan 2018   #1
dsscottage

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Trouble upgrading from HDD to new SSD

I have a Win 7 system with an AMI V1.3 01/05/2007 BIOS.

I am attempting to upgrade my HDD to a Samsung 850 EVO SSD and do a fresh install of Windows 7.
I disconnected the HDD and connected the SSD to the same SATA port on the MB. (Port 1)
I have changed the BIOS of SATA port #1 to AHCI and did a fresh Windows installation. Windows seems to install but when I get to the point that says "Preparing Windows for first use", the computer freezes with the message "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive /DEVICE/HARDDISK1/DR1".

I reverted to the HDD and installed the SSD as a secondary drive. The windows files are there but the original HDD had only one partition with windows installed in it. The SSD has 2 partitions, one is "System reserved", the other has Windows installed. I've uploaded a screen shot of the Disk Management window. I can only see this when the SSD is installed as the secondary drive since I am unable to complete the Win installation on the SSD.

Is there some other BIOS setting that need to be changed?
Is there anything else that I should have done?




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20 Jan 2018   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try removing the active flag from Disk0 partition1.
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20 Jan 2018   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

When installing Win 7, you did the right thing by disconnecting the HDD leaving on only the SSD.

On the installation wizard, did you deleted ALL partitions on the SSD?
System Reserved (not M$ Reserved) is used on OEM computers to store the boot loader and the recovery program.

Try, as Siw suggested, to take the Active flag from E: and assign one to F:, then disconnect the HDD and try to boot.
If it doesn't boot, insert the Win 7 installation disk, go to repair and do a Boot repair.
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21 Jan 2018   #4
dsscottage

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for the suggestions. Here is the result of those suggestions:

1. You suggested that I remove the Active flag from Disk O partition 1.
  • When I'm trying to boot to the SSD, I have the old HDD (Disk 0) disconnected. Therefore, with only the SSD connected it would become Disk 0
  • Thinking this is what you meant, I removed the active flag from the SSD System Reserved partition, thereby making the larger partition active.
  • When I booted with this configuration, I get the following error message "BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".
  • I assume that the boot sector is in the System Reserved partition and will not boot

2. I attempted to do a Boot Repair.
  • I restored the System Reserved partition to Active and booted with the installation DVD
  • The DVD does not give me the option to "Repair your computer"
  • Instead, it starts the installation process
  • I assume that the DVD doesn't see a valid Win installation and starts the installation process.

One more bit of information that might explain one difference...
This computer originally had Win XP and was upgraded to Win 7 using this DVD. That may be the reason that Win 7 was originally installed in the single partition where Win XP was installed.
When attempting a fresh install the installation DVD creates 2 partitions on the SSD. However, I can't see why this would cause any problems.

I'm wondering is there is some other BIOS setting that should be changed. On the BIOS page where I change from IDE to AHCI, there are other options.
SATA #1 can be set as Enabled, Disabled or Compatible. It is set to Enabled
Any other ideas?
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21 Jan 2018   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
Thinking this is what you meant
That is not what I meant.

If you now only have the new disk connected, the partition containing the boot crirtical files needs to be marked active. From your screenshot, it looks like the 100mb partition should be active.

Have you now reinstalled with only the new disk connected ?
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21 Jan 2018   #6
dsscottage

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
That is not what I meant.

If you now only have the new disk connected, the partition containing the boot crirtical files needs to be marked active. From your screenshot, it looks like the 100mb partition should be active.

Have you now reinstalled with only the new disk connected ?
Think that the short answer to your question is Yes.

Anytime that I have attempted to boot from the SSD with the new installation of Win 7, only the SSD is connected. I have never had the HDD connected at the same time. The only time that both the HDD and SSD are connected at the same time is when I have rebooted to the HDD so that I can take a look at the SSD in Disk Management (as a secondary drive). When I have done this, the System Reserved partition of the SSD is marked active. I assume that, after I remove the HDD, move the SSD to SATA#1 and reboot, the System Reserved partition will be active.

Have I misunderstood your suggestion?
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21 Jan 2018   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Please answer:
On the installation wizard, did you deleted ALL partitions on the SSD?
System Reserved (not M$ Reserved) is used on OEM computers to store the boot loader and the recovery program. Was this disk on a OEM (Dell, HP etc) computer?
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21 Jan 2018   #8
dsscottage

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Please answer:
On the installation wizard, did you deleted ALL partitions on the SSD?
Yes

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Was this disk on a OEM (Dell, HP etc) computer?
Ah Ha! I think that's the key but I'm not sure why it didn't work.
When I upgraded from Win XP to Win 7, I bought a Win 7 certificate with the installation key from a local computer store. That didn't come with an installation DVD but the store burned one for me. It worked fine for the upgrade to Win 7. Because of your question, I ran Belarc Advisor and the report indicates that my Win 7 installation is indeed an OEM but it is still in one partition.

Therefore, I downloaded a fresh copy of Win 7 (MS no longer provides this ability) but I found a German site that has stored many versions from MS. I formatted my SSD and installed Win 7 using this new DVD and it worked (in one partition). I'm doing this while I'm watching the football game so I haven't spent a lot of time on it. I just hope that the installation key that I bought will work and that I didn't get scammed.

I'll report further after I get more time to work on this tomorrow.
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22 Jan 2018   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As the installation has a problem and the SSD doesn't have any personal data, my suggestion is to start from scratch.
- Detach the HDD, leaving only the SSD.
- As you have only 1.5 G of memory, use a 32 bits Win 7 HB installation disk. Boot from the Win 7 HB installation disk, go to install - advanced - delete all partitions. You will end with only one unallocated partition. Create new partition. It will create:
- A 100M M$ (RAW) reserved partition.
- A Big (~232G) NTFS partition.
Install on the Big NTFS partition.
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24 Jan 2018   #10
dsscottage

Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Solved but not really fixed

Win 7 is now working on my new SSD. The problems aren't really fixed but the problem is solved.

To make a very long story less long.....
This is my 4th day attempting to get a fresh install of Win 7 on my SSD. I've made about 6 different attempts of different alternatives and each one failed in some way. I spent a lot of time searching the net for solutions including posting here. Nothing worked. Therefore, out of frustration I did what I didn't really want to do. I got EaseUS ToDo Backup Home and cloned my old Win 7 to the new SSD. This appears to be working.

Thank you to everyone who took their valuable time and provided me with suggestions.

OMG - As I'm typing this note, my wife came to me to say that her computer had frozen. (It's her computer that I was working on) A reboot got it working again but this worries me. I may be back with another post if the freezing continues.

Thanks again!
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