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Windows 7: OS on SSD...

02 Feb 2012   #51

Microsoft Windows 10 Home Build 15036

I'm still betting it's because the Master Boot Record is still on the HDD. The SSD needs to become the drive that the MBR resides on.

It was as simple as fdisk /mbr ( I think ) back in the day. (or was it part of "format"?)

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02 Feb 2012   #52


We try not to guess but use the methods which have worked for thousands of others.

To write the System boot files to a non-System primary partition, you mark it Active, boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or System Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active Boot flags.

In your case since you have a drive in preceding order marked System Active from which the SSD was booting, you must unplug it to keep it from interfering while making sure the SSD remains set first HD to boot in BIOS.
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02 Feb 2012   #53
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

1. Greg's method will work. If it does not for whatever reason, post back. There are other alternatives. But try that first.

2. If you used the Paragon Migration tool. I am really amazed why that did not work. It has worked 6 times perfectly for me.

Booting time with the HDD and SDD are both 35 seconds
How did you measure the boot time. A non-tweaked vanilla SSD OS should boot in under 20 seconds. The best place to check is in:

Event Viewer > Applications and Services Logs > Microsoft > Windows > Diagnostics-Performance > Operational
100 is Boot time
200 is Shutdown time
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03 Feb 2012   #54


Well, I think Greg's procedure worked! I ran the repair disk twice and it is now loading from the SSD. I have not hooked the HDD up yet, but that will be my next step. Then I'll reboot. I was as nervous as a new bride during the process. i'll be back soon...

Regards, Paul.
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03 Feb 2012   #55


When you plug the HD back in you can boot it using the Gateway F10 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, or access its files via Explorer.

When you're ready delete HD Win7 in Disk Management or wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command .
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03 Feb 2012   #56


Am having a few problems. It has been freezing up when booting from SSD. Had to turn power off several times. Message came up when loading Chrome that it was corrupt. On next restart, Checkdisk ran and did a lot of stuff, putting files back together on SSD, etc.

Was able to reboot using HDD. Am still experimenting...
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03 Feb 2012   #57


OS on SSD...-diskpic-1.jpg

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03 Feb 2012   #58


In Partition Wizard, right click on SSD, under Modify, both Set Active and Set Inactive are grey-out.
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03 Feb 2012   #59


The Win7 on SSD does not yet hold the System flag. Have you run Startup Repair 3 times?

Try clicking on Disk 2 to highlight it, then from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply. This may preclude the need to run the 3 Repairs.

But as stated you need the System flag on the SSD Win7 partition.
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03 Feb 2012   #60


I ran system recover several times. Now it gives me 2 choices of Windows 7 in the menu to choose. I choose the 2nd one and it loaded the OS from the HDD.

Still haven't been able to access System flag on SSD.

I'm going to reboot and choose the first one which should boot from the SSD.
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