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Windows 7: System won't boot from SSD, please help.

10 Jul 2011   #21
Rhirtix

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Physically disconnect the old HD.
Make the SSD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.

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Refit old Hd when Windiws 7 is booting OK.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
If you can delete the second Windows 7 (not default) entry at the boot tab of msconfig and you're happy with the way things are, that decision is entirely up to you, if it works (for you) don't fix it.

No need to REINSTALL.

Physically disconnect WD750, WD1500, & WD640.
&
delete the second Windows 7.

Also,The HD needs to be pluged in to the first SATA port on MOBO & first HD boot in BIOS.
The SATA ports are listed as follows:

SATA 3 SATA 1 SATA III
SATA 4 SATA 2 SATA III

SATA 1-4 are SATA II.

I have the SSD connected to the top SATA III port.


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10 Jul 2011   #22
theog

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System boot files are install to the first HD.
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10 Jul 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

System boot files are installed to the first partition which is marked Active.

It is always the Active flag which determines where the System boot files go, unless Win7 is being installed fresh to a target partition with no preceding Active partitions. In this case the installer will flag the install partition Active itself.

Have you decided if you want to keep Win7 on F, or clean reinstall it to the SSD with no other HD plugged in to interfere? What is the exact problem existing now then?
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10 Jul 2011   #24
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) will (re)create the "System" boot files to the first partition on the HDD / SSD that is detected by Windows as Disk 0 it does not matter if a partition is marked as active on Disk 1 or 2 or whatever, it will not work.
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10 Jul 2011   #25
gregrocker

 

I just repaired Win7 on DISK3 making sure no preceding Active partitions existed and without unplugging any HD's. The System boot files remain on DISK3 Partition 1.
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10 Jul 2011   #26
Rhirtix

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hey guys. I figured I'd start over with all of this as I'm getting a bit confused, honestly. Below I've written what my process and goal are.


Here's what I'm doing at the moment:

I have disconnected all HDDs (750gb (old boot), 640gb, and 1.5tb (backup)). All of those drives are SATA II and formerly connected to the SATA 1, 2, and 3 ports.

Currently, my SSD is the only connected drive, and it痴 plugged into the first SATA III port on the mobo. I just ran DISKPART on the device, running the following operations: clean all, partition primary, format/label, and active. (The drive is still formatting at the moment.)

Once DISKPART operations have completed, I intend to install a brand new copy of Windows 7 on the device. After that, I値l boot into the SSD, leaving all other HDDs disconnected. I知 going to fully update W7 and then reinstall all the applications that I use and configure them. I知 also going to check in diskmgmt that the SSD is indeed Disk 0 / C: drive.

After all thatI知 going to reconnect my 750gb HDD, which is the one that included the only other bootable copy of W7 on the machine. There are just a few apps on there that I need to transfer over. (It痴 easier to copy them over than to reinstall the entire thing.)

Next, I plan on rebooting and initializing/formatting the 750gb HDD, pending everything on the SSD primary is working as intended.

The 1.5tb HDD has an image of my 750gb drive, which I知 keeping solely as a backup in case none of these operations execute favorably. If everything is working correctly, I知 then going to install the 1.5tb HDD into the SATA II 1 port, format it, and create a backup/image of the SSD onto it.

I知 waiting on an RMA from WD to arrive for my second 640gb HDD. Once it arrives, I知 going to create a RAID 0 with both 640gb drives in the SATA II 2, 3 slots.

The 750gb drive, at this point, will then just be a backup drive in a box in storage.

Can I get some verification that this workflow will yield the results that I知 trying to achieve?

I can稚 thank you all enough for your help thank you!
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10 Jul 2011   #27
gregrocker

 

You cannot move programs over, just their installer to reinstall.

Here are tips for getting a perfect reinstall - use the ones which apply to you: Reinstalling Windows 7
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10 Jul 2011   #28
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I personally would stay away from RAID, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.
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10 Jul 2011   #29
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I personally would stay away from RAID, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.


. +1
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10 Jul 2011   #30
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) will (re)create the "System" boot files to the first partition on the HDD / SSD that is detected by Windows as Disk 0 it does not matter if a partition is marked as active on Disk 1 or 2 or whatever, it will not work.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I just repaired Win7 on DISK3 making sure no preceding Active partitions existed and without unplugging any HD's. The System boot files remain on DISK3 Partition 1.
To be 100% sure, system boot files are installed to the OS HD, you need to have only one HD plug in, when doing a install or Startup Repair.
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