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Windows 7: How do I find the boot option menu for a new SSD cloned from HDD?

02 Apr 2018   #11
xlcgroup

Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Thanks so much for the advice everyone.

Everything seems to be perfect... except I'm missing a ton of space on all my drives (6, 3/SSD) + 1 external. It wasn't like this initially, must've recently happened. I did have to restore from a backup initially after W10 updater crapped out on me at 98% install. Haven't tried again.

After a few nights working on these SDD's, they are both running well with W7. Each will load 4 programs in about 30-35 seconds now. No time spent on the hourglass or for the desktop items to load, it's instant. The Crucial SSD won't even wait for the Windows logo to fully combine and spin, it skips the spinning process. All those problems with slow boot times are a thing of the past but I had a lot of instances where Windows would just hang up loading or even getting into the boot menu/BIOS, even encountered a BSOD. A lot of powering done improperly was done, at least 20+ times. I know that's not normal. Sometimes, I'd see just a black screen or a black screen with a cursor that was bllinking. I tried using commands to no avail, it wouldn't enter (no characters on display).

IDK... either way, I tried to combine some unallocated space but couldn't. Tried to make a dynamic drive out of one, couldn't. I'm backing up my W7 for the third time (this time both SSD's are recognized and performing well + some updates were installed) throughout this process now and trying to get my space back. Hope I don't have to reformat to get it back. The solutions I find online don't work for me, from what I've read, I can't get far enough to even have those options.

Mega, I know you did but I was intimidated so I wanted to do it as a last resort. I've only upgraded RAM and a HDD, never a SSD. For some reason, I figured it'd be tougher?

FSUTIL is indeed showing a value of 0.

I did get the SSD's used too, all on EBay. I just got a new 525GB MX300, M.2, Crucial 2280SS SSD. That one is going in the office desktop which is a 2 year old system (from NewEgg) that didn't come with an SSD! 500 GB HDD but has a later generation i7 processor, 8 GB, upgraded graphics card on W10 for Adobe and CAD software. This is going to make a little difference, I bet.

I use this Dell laptop for surfing, office documents and playing online poker so I don't need the latest i7, this one is more than enough. Not pushing 3D limiits or mining bitcoin, just poker chips.
I do run a lot of poker software (3) simutaneously with the client along with a browser open and mp3's playing. On my older system, it'd be fine, until I'd be playing 8+ tables.

Performance would slow down, lag settles in and clicking on a button (in the poker client) could cause the whole client to crash if not even time was given when the hourglass icon would appear. That would freeze up the system and then a restart would be in order as not all the poker software will run correctly after a crash, a restart is needed. Add to that, the amount of time it took me to reload W and the pokrer software. After all that, you'd have to open up all the tables one by one, set them up so all are visible. meanwhile sitting back in at the tables so you are dealt cards again... not fun and a lot of hands are being missed everytime this happens, expecially once more than 6 tables are being played.




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02 Apr 2018   #12
xlcgroup

Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Just failed my second backup in a row due to insufficent space. I had over that amount when I began the backup, otherwise W7 wouldn't have let me start the backup in the first place.
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02 Apr 2018   #13
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You're having so many trouble where should be none.
From the point of view of the computer, a SSD or a HDD are the same. You shouldn't have any issues with the SSD, unless it has a problem.

Lets do the basic.
- Schedule a disk check. Open a CMD window and type chkdsk c: /f. It will ask if you want to schedule a disk check on next boot = yes.
- Reboot. Pay attention on the results.
- Open a CMD window and type sfc /scannow
- Report

As you still have the Recovery partition and the HDD with all your data, why don't you try a Factory Restore from the SSD? It will format the C: partition and load an image that is on the Recovery partition.
Remember to disconnect the HDD before you begin.
For the updates, use the offline updates of SP2 MS releases SP2 for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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02 Apr 2018   #14
xlcgroup

Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, SP1
 
 

I will run chkdsk and report back. Thank you for the advice but I have resolved the issue after reading this thread:

Cloned to a larger hard drive, but not seeing more free space Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

I have 1 SSD and no HDD in my laptop since I will have a few external HDD's to make backups of backups.

Well, that was a journey but I sure did learn a lot and I'll feel more comfortable doing these things in the future.

Next, I am going to install a 240GB, BX300 Crucial SSD into a new laptop for a family member. This has a 1TB HDD so I'll clone it, make backups and swap out the CD drive for a drive caddy so they'll be interchangable.

Finally, I am going to install a 525GB, SATA M.2, 2280SS Crucial SSD into a business desktop.

I'm hoping there won't be any more issues, at least on this laptop. Time to make back ups again!


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04 Apr 2018   #15
xlcgroup

Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Chkdsk came back good. Thanks for the suggestion, Mega. Anything else you can think of that I may have overlooked?

Since my last post, I'm happy to report I have swapped out the original HDD's in place of the SSD's by cloning the HDD in 2 laptops. Turns out the brand new Crucial M.2. 525 GB SSD may not be compatible with the desktop I wanted to upgrade. It is a CyberForce PC from NewEgg, purchased about 4.5 years ago. There may be an adapter but that would take away most of the added speed (so I read) I wanted to add by purchasing the new SSD. Looks like it'll be going back on EBay, brand new too.

I'm currently working on a friend's old HP G7-1337nr. It has a 750 GB HDD and it's 4 GB's short of being packed with almost no software or personal files on it. I've never seen anything like it. So I took out the 1TB from my bro's new laptop (now has the Crucial 256GB SSD as primary) and have reformatted it to clone the 750GB. I will then format the 750, reinstall W7 and have the 1TB as a backup should something fail. After all that, I'll be left with a 1TB and a 500GB HDD when all 3 laptops are up and running, they will be used in drive caddies to hold backups and drivers, I think.
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