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I just got a new solid state and am trying to move my win7 os from my hhd to my new ssd. The ssd is an ocz vertex 450 128gb and comes with migrating software. Im have figuring out which folders should be cloned to the new ssd. I only want the operating system on the new ssd. so i would only migrate the windows folder?

I could always re install the os if it comes down to it.

Any advice?
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You can't just move folders. You have to clone the hard drive to make it bootable unless you manually make it bootable. Your users folders have hidden AppData folders that store the configurations for your programs.

The best way to do this would be to go into your documents, music, movies, etc, and move all of that to an external hard drive, then go to the Windows storange manager and shrink the partition to 128GB and clone it with Clonezilla or something similar.
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I got the operating system moved and working properly biggrin.gif

How ever im having problems with the boot up.

I can only boot up the OS on the SSD when the HDD with another copy of Win7 is also plugged in. I know it sounds like i wrote that wrong but i didnt lol.

When i attempt to run the SSD with the new copy of Win7 it says ""No bootable patition located" or something similar.

I formatted the SSD as a GPT with a single partition the size of the drive prior to installing the OS on the SSD.

The name of the SSD is "SSD" not "OS", would that make a difference with the booting of the OS?

I checked the boot tab within MSCONFIG and the default OS is the new copy of Win7 on the SSD.

Im trying to reformat the HDD with the old copy of the OS to be used for other things, but am reluctant to do so until i can get the SSD to boot the new copy of the OS without the HHD being plugged in.

The last thing i want to do is delete the old OS and not be able to boot the new OS.

Any advice or tips would be great.

PS. I tried booting the SSD straight from the boot menu and got nothing.
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Like I said in my previous post, you can't just move files. A hard drive has to be identified as bootable. You will need to fix your volume boot partition info with BOOTSECT.EXE.

Here are the command line options for the program:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749177%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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I didnt just move files. I did a fresh install of windows 7
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    Yes, but you left that HDD plugged in as (or configured as) device #1 or boot device.  So when you installed Windows, it wrote the bootsector and bootloader onto the HDD.  In addition, the BIOS looks for the bootsector on the HDD, and the bootloader on the HDD loads the OS from the SSD.
    To fix this, make sure that your SSD is plugged into SATA0 (or SATA1, if your numbers are base 1), and that the HDD is plugged into a higher numbered port.  Then, go into the BIOS setup and make sure that the SSD is the first boot device, and not the HDD.  You are welcome to make your CD/DVD drive #1 and the SSD #2 in the boot order.  Now, after making those changes, the SSD still does not have a bootable bootsector, so the computer now won't boot at all.  Since you did a fresh install of Windows 7, you could just reinstall it again to fix that.

    I hesitate to mention how to fix it manually because your SSD probably doesn't even have a bootloader on it, and I have not personally tried repairing this.  Perhaps someone else here knows how to install the bootloader if you don't want to reinstall Windows.  I do know how to fix the bootsector, though.  The bootsector basically tells Windows where the bootloader is located.  The bootloader would be located in a hidden folder named "Boot" on the root of the drive.
 
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