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Windows 7: Making my new SSD Bootable

22 Dec 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Making my new SSD Bootable

Hey everyone, recently just got my SSD in the mail. I currently have it in my laptop along side with my main drive which was a HDD. I copied the partition over via minitool but I can't boot it without the need of my main drive. My SSD is going to replace my main drive and I'm going to use other HDD that's 1TB for all my goodies. The issue is trying to get my ssd to boot without the need of my main drive in the laptop. The files copied over but none of the boot info copied. I tried to copy it but it didn't do me any good on top of that I noticed along side my main drive it has the a C: drive with all the windows stuff and a E: drive with bootmgr in it, I found that weird. But I would like to make my ssd bootable, I don't want to install a fresh windows because then I need to get all my drivers again (sager np7358)

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22 Dec 2014   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cha0ticbrah View Post
I copied the partition over via minitool..................... on top of that I noticed along side my main drive it has the a C: drive with all the windows stuff and a E: drive with bootmgr in it, I found that weird.
Bad idea to use minitool. I assume you mean Partition Wizard.

Should have used cloning or imaging product such as Macrium.

Post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management so we can see this "along side my main drive it has a C drive" stuff to better assess how deep a hole you've dug for yourself.
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22 Dec 2014   #3
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Just clone or image over everything on the hard drive with and imaging suite and now a partition manager, like Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Unplug the source drive and if it won't boot then confirm the correct partition is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times and that the new driver is set to boot first in BIOS at all times.

I don't know where you get the idea you'd have to hunt up a bunch of drivers for Win7, which is a driver complete OS in the installer and via Windows Updates. Did you think it is the same as XP? Look over these steps about how to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7.
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