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Windows 7: Cant boot from a USB even though it's in device manager

23 Mar 2018   #21
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

I've put a call out for additional ideas with the senior members on the forum - hopefully they may have other options


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23 Mar 2018   #22
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
You didn't answer my post #4 Cant boot from a USB even though it's in device manager - Windows 7 Help Forums

What we want to know it what you have on the HDD is a installed windows or the windows installation files.
It's a working Windows 7 installation. As I said in the OP I can boot to it if it's installed in the laptop just not from the USB.
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23 Mar 2018   #23
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Ok, thank you.
Can you tell the story of the HDD that is on the USB case? Was it the original laptop disk?
Can you attach an image of disk management so we can see the partitions etc?
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23 Mar 2018   #24
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Ok, thank you.
Can you tell the story of the HDD that is on the USB case? Was it the original laptop disk?
Can you attach an image of disk management so we can see the partitions etc?

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23 Mar 2018   #25
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I am tuning in rather late, why do you need to boot into the USB drive & what do you actually want to do with the USB disc. Looking at the Disc Management screen shoot, it seems that the SSD & the USB drive have the same OS & partitions on them, although there is no Boot showing on the USB drive.

Is the SSD a clone of the USB?, if so how did you accomplish that?.
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24 Mar 2018   #26
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Why H: isn't marked as System?
Why I: isn't marked as Boot?
Did you made any conversion on the disk?
Is there any other disk on the computer, as M.2 drive?
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24 Mar 2018   #27
Ukdodger

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
I am tuning in rather late, why do you need to boot into the USB drive & what do you actually want to do with the USB disc. Looking at the Disc Management screen shoot, it seems that the SSD & the USB drive have the same OS & partitions on them, although there is no Boot showing on the USB drive.

Is the SSD a clone of the USB?, if so how did you accomplish that?.
My SSD disk is playing up. The HHD is an old clone of the SSD. To replace the W7 version on the SSD I want to clone the HDD version onto it. But before I do I want to know what software is not on the HDD version. An easy way to do a comparison is to hop between the two versions using the BIOS.
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24 Mar 2018   #28
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

How did you clone the SSD into the HDD? What program did you use?
As I wrote on last post, H: isn't marked as System and I: isn't marked as Boot.

I'm a little confused. You said that, if you replace the SSD with the HDD on the laptop it boots normally. Is that correct?
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24 Mar 2018   #29
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The Drive letter allocation is all wrong on both, remove the drive letters from the following

on the SSD - Drive 1 (Int) the system drive G and the recovery drive E

On the HDD - Drive 2 (usb) the system drive H & the Recovery drive K

This will set the drive allocations to the correct status.

You will not be able to have Drive 1 and Drive 2 in a dual boot as long as Drive 2 is in the USB External case - Windows 7 does not allow this configuration.

Physical swapping of the drive does work and this is the best that is achievable in a laptop with only one SATA connection. You can check the "Program Files" and Program Files (x86) directories on the HDD over the USB link, but you would need to swap the disks to check their actual operation


@Megahertz07 The system and Windows partitions show correctly on the SSD Drive (Drive1) as this is the active drive, (The one running to produce the screenshot). The same partitions on the HDD over the USB, (Drive2), will not show as Active or Boot as it is not the active OS
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