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I'm sure there is a really simple fix for this... but unfortunately its past 3:30am for me and my mind is a bit befuddled on the matter...

Here's what I've got so far...

First off, for reference this is an installation of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installation that has been cloned from a HDD partition, to an SSD...

I just spent my weekend following Sean's Guides and following some of his advice on shrinking my Windows partition on my HDD to make it easier to clone to an SSD. So far so good, I have a 1TB HDD with a lot of unused space, so I used EaseUS Partition Master to split the drive into two seperate Partitions, and then gradually migrated non-essential data over to the new partition, deleted/uninstalled programs I don't use anymore, etc etc etc.... and gradually shrunk the main Window's partition down, until I ended up with 168GB of used space on the primary partition.

I followed steps detailed in this Guide.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration

Then this evening I went out and picked up a Plextor M5S 256GB SSD on sale.

Then after installing this drive, I managed to get my Registry edited to accept AHCI (again thanks to Sean's guides!) and then changed my BIOS from IDE to AHCI.

So far, so good!

Windows still boots up from the main HDD, and I can see the SSD and format it within Windows Disk Management and now I can see it and access it through My Computer. So far so good!

THEN, using EaseUS Todo Backup, I successfully Cloned the primary Windows partition onto the SSD.

By the way the current version of this program is not the same as the one pictured in Sean's guide linked above. His pictures show version "Free 4.0" and I downloaded version "Free 5.3".... Which does not look like his pictures and has different options. I was not able to use the "Clone Disk" option as his Guide said to do, and only select 1 partition to clone as his guide directs... I had to select Clone Partition; then I could select a Partition to clone.

Windows was successfully Cloned to the SSD and it was set to an Active Drive.

Then rebooted, shut down my PC to swap the SATA cables so the SSD was on primary Sata Port and the HDD on the secondary, (even though that doesn't really matter) and then went into my BIOS and adjusted the boot priority to boot from the SSD, etc etc etc...

Rebooted...

Now my computer just boots to the following


"BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"


Doing so just reboots to the same, all I can do is go back into the BIOS and reset the Boot Priority back to the HDD as primary boot device and then everything works, Windows Boots up and I can access the SSD, etc etc etc...

SO.

I am presuming the bootable part of the HDD was not cloned and unfortunately this EaseUS Todo Backup does not provide the option to clone multiple partitions at once.

I have my original Windows installation DVD, is there something simple that I can do with this to make the SSD bootable, without completely wiping out the cloned OS and data?

I .. hope, all that makes sense and thanks in advance for replies, suggestions... as I won't get them until later in the morning after I wake up!
     
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Whenever I install Windows, it creates two partitions, a C drive and a System reserved partition, the system reserved is usually 100-300 MB big..

did you clone that accross also?
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It would not allow me to select both that tiny System Reserved partition and the Windows Partition at the same time...

I presume I'm going to have to create a second partition on the SSD thats about the same size, as clone it seperate?

Yes, I have a back up saved of my entire C Drive as well...
     
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Well the answer may have been starring me right in the eye all along, in fact the answer is right here in this very discussion thread already and I typed it without realizing it!

My Back Up!

Before I did ANYTHING.... I used EaseUS Todo BackUp Tool and made a complete "system image" of my entire C Drive. That backup included the entire Windows installation, as well as the "system reserved" partition.

Then using the same Tool, selecting "disk/partition recovery" and manually selecting the Image File from its backup location on another Drive, I was successfully able to Image that onto the SSD; after I wiped it clean and started over that is...

I didn't think about this until after I had gotten some sleep last night.

I just finsihed it and it seems to be working, I am no longer getting the "BOOTMGR is missing" message and it seems to be booting into Windows now off the SSD though Windows is first wanting to run a chkdsk operation as it claims "one of your disks need to be checked for consistency" etc etc etc... understandable since Windows remembers itself booting off a different disk. Its running that "check" right now though I doubt it will finish before I have to leave for work... so I'll update later this evening if I have to, to post whether it worked and whether Windows is running off the SSD as it should be...
     
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The CHKDSK went faster then I expected, guess because it was an SSD...

It recovered a number of "orphaned files" into a number of random Folders, and then booted into Windows.

It appears to be booted off thr SSD now and running Windows off the SSD as Windows does appear to be loading a LOT faster!

The down side though is that I can see, and access, the "system reserved" partition from within My Computer... as it shows up as an individual Drive Partition with an assignwed Drive Letter...

Whats up with that?

I'll try and figure that one out later tonight when I get home from work.

For now though the SSD appears to be working as intended!
     
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For the system reserve showing up go into disk management and unassign it the drive letter.
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I'll try this when I get home tonight!

Disk Management Utility within Windows? Select "change drive letter" and select "remove"?

I'm at the office right now, looking at this on an older Win XP system, but its relatively the same on windows 7...

Oh and thank you Sean for all of those great Guide's! Reading through them pretty much made 95% of this all a breeze and rather easy to do! Though you might wanna check your section, and screen shots, on the EaseUS Todo Backup tool as they're a little out of date and the tool itself is quite a bit different with a new version! Thats where it got confusing for me as your Guide said to do this this and that... but the tool itself didn't have the options or features to do that. Had to figure it out a different way, hence restoring the Image Back Up to the SSD, instead of doing a disk clone, as if I had selected that option it was trying to force a clone of the entire disk, including ALL of its partitions and gave no way to uncheck any partition you don't want included... thus the end result being that it would have tried to clone over 500gb's of two separate partitions, onto a 256gb SSD! lol
     
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I'll try this when I get home tonight!

Disk Management Utility within Windows? Select "change drive letter" and select "remove"?

I'm at the office right now, looking at this on an older Win XP system, but its relatively the same on windows 7...
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Oh and thank you Sean for all of those great Guide's! Reading through them pretty much made 95% of this all a breeze and rather easy to do! Though you might wanna check your section, and screen shots, on the EaseUS Todo Backup tool as they're a little out of date and the tool itself is quite a bit different with a new version! Thats where it got confusing for me as your Guide said to do this this and that... but the tool itself didn't have the options or features to do that. Had to figure it out a different way, hence restoring the Image Back Up to the SSD, instead of doing a disk clone, as if I had selected that option it was trying to force a clone of the entire disk, including ALL of its partitions and gave no way to uncheck any partition you don't want included... thus the end result being that it would have tried to clone over 500gb's of two separate partitions, onto a 256gb SSD! lol
i had links to my version for a reason, so u could use my version and follow my steps tongue.gif

however the new one is basically the same.
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It wasn't the Sys Reserved partition on the SSD, it was the one on the HDD.

Deleted that, though keeping the original windows install there, for now, to fall back onto if I ever need to... it will eventually be deleted and in favor of using the space to store a regularly updated Back Up image of the SSD...

But for now, everything works out great!

From the moment I hit the power button, to the point where the Windows Desktop is fully loaded and ready to go, 23 seconds!

Yea, I think I googled those EaseUS programs, must have missed \seeing your own links there, I multi tasking while skimming through the various instructions you provided! lol

Thanks for the help, as it was much appreciated!
     
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