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So i got a new SSD and wanted to put the OS on it.

I tried to migrate but the SSD is too small to migrate the OS from my HDD.

So i found the ISO file for windows 7 home premium and did a fresh install. I ran the setup while i was using the OS on the HDD.

I got the OS on the SSD, and now want to wipe the HDD to use for storage. However, I wanted to make sure that the SSD could run the OS without the HDD so i unplugged the HDD and tried to startup.

Bam... Theres your problem. It says there is not bootable partition. The funny part is that i can boot from the SSD when the HDD is plugged in.

Any advice?

I tried putting the ISO file on a USB and doing the install prior to startup, but im having trouble putting the software on a usb. i got the windows 7 usb/ dvd tool to put the software on the usb, but it gets to 99% and then says "cannot continue" so something close to that. Its an 8 GB flashdrive.

I also think that the fresh install of the OS didnt come with a boot manager/boot loader. I ran the BCDEDIT command and found that the boot manager was on the HDD. So it would make sense that it wouldn't be able to boot without the boot manager from the other software. I downloaded Boot-US for a boot loader, and i am happy with the software, but was i attempt to install the boot manager within the accplication, its not recognizing either of the partitions as bootable (IE the default HDD OS partition, and the SSD with the fresh install).

I formatted the SSD in the same manner as the HDD in that its a GPT format with a NTFS partition for the OS.

Boot-US recognizes a bootable partition as an MBR format with a NTFS partition, however i cant install the OS on a MBR format.

Im at a loss as to what to do now.

Any advice or a good rock to crawl under would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
post #2 of 5
Burn windows to a DVD and try installing it. Make sure you set the DVD drive from UEFI to the standard version within the boot options.
Edited by BradleyW - 8/20/13 at 9:23am
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I recommend Never having any other hard drives connected except for the primary drive that will house the OS when doing a Windows installation.

For whatever reason Windows wants to put certain boot files on the secondary drive. The reason the SSD will boot with the original HDD plugged in is because Windows wrote the boot manager / loader files onto the HDD instead of onto your SSD.

You can do a repair install of Windows onto the SSD without the secondary HDD connected, or you can do a fresh install of Wndows onto the SSD without the secondary HDD connected.

Or I guess alternatively you can leave the secondary HDD in it's present state and rely on both drives to boot your machine, but IMHO that isn't a good solution.
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Ok so i got it to work. thumb.gif

I burned the ISO zip to a dvd and did the install that way and it worked perfectly.

Now im having trouble plugging in a HDD. its a 320gb 2.5" Sata HDD. the problem is that is has windows 7 on it, and every time i turn my computer off, plug it in, and start up, the computer boots the OS from the HDD, instead of my SSD.

I have tried going into the boot menu and choosing SATA 0 (location of my SSD), going into the BIOS and disabling the SATA 3 port (slot the HDD is connected to), but nothing seems to be working.

I have read a few articles about people plugging in HDDs when the computer was on and having bad experences, so i would rather not do that.

Is there a way to wipe a HDD without loading an OS?

I would like to be able to retrieve a few of the files off the HDD before i wipe it clean. But im not apposed to wiping it clean if its the only option.

Any advice?
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Do you have a USB or eSATA external enclosure that you can drop the HDD into?

Alternatively you could put a partition management application on a DVD or USB thumb drive, boot to that and format the drive. Something like GParted, Partition Magic, Paragon Partition Magic etc.

All of these will boot into a pre-Windows environment so you can do anything you want with the disk drives that are connected.
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