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Not sure if this is the right sub-forum to put this thread in but here goes.

I bought a new case for my rig yesterday. Got everything moved over OK but upon booting it the first time I got the select boot device error. Made sure the OS drive was set as primary in the boot sequence. Nope. Removed the two other drives connected. Another no. Tried moving the OS drive to other SATA ports and messing around with some of the settings in the BIOS. No dice.

I've been looking around at some other threads on this issue and no one has given a real definitive answer. Most people have just ended up reinstalling Windows which I really don't want to do. I've also heard that clearing the CMOS might help but I'm kind of a noob when it comes to this. What are the pros and cons of doing so?

System:
Windows 7 Home Premium (SP1)
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
Crucial 128gb SSD
Seagate 620w PSU
No optical drives
 

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Unfortunately, it sounds like you made the very common mistake of not making sure that the SSD was connected to the SATA0 port before you installed Windows. So the Windows bootloader and BCD are on one of your HDDs, and you'll have to find out which one by trial and error.

I recommend plugging your SSD into the SATA1 port on the motherboard, and then plug one HDD into the SATA0 (boot) port and see if it will boot. If it doesn't, unplug that HDD and plug the next one into the SATA0 port until you find the HDD that has the bootloader on it (of course you'll turn the power off between changes).

Once you get booted into Windows, I can assist you in copying the BCD to the SSD and making it bootable. Please note after doing this you won't be able to use BitLocker drive encryption on the SSD since it doesn't have the system partition. Edit: Just saw that you have Windows 7 Home Premium, so that is a non-issue since you don't have BitLocker anyway.
 

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Three hours of scouring the net for solutions. Booted with no issues. Thank you so much for your reply. Help with copying the BCD would be greatly appreciated. +reps for you sir.
 

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You're welcome. Below are the steps to copy the BCD to the SSD and make it the primary boot device:

  1. Download EasyBCD and run it.
  2. When it opens, click [BCD Backup/Repair] -> "Change boot drive" -> [Perform Action] -> "C:\" -> [OK]:

  3. Shutdown your computer (Windows 8x users: You must run the "shutdown.exe /s /t 0" command to fully shutdown correctly).
  4. With the computer off, disconnect all the drives from the motherboard. You can leave the power cables connected in order to save wear and tear on them.
  5. Find the SATA cable for the SSD and plug it into the SATA0 port (important) on the motherboard.
  6. Find the SATA cable for your DVD drive and plug it into SATA4 (or SATA2 if you only have four SATA ports).
  7. Leave the HDDs unplugged from the motherboard at this point.
  8. Boot into the BIOS and make sure that the SSD is first.
  9. If EasyBCD did its job correctly, the system should now be able to boot Windows with only SSD connected.
  10. Shutdown your computer again (Windows 8x users: Run the "shutdown.exe /s /t 0" command to shutdown correctly).
  11. Decide which ports to plug your HDDs back into, and plug them in. Some motherboards have two SATA III ports (SATA0 and SATA1) followed by four SATA II ports. If one of your HDDs is SATA III, it would be best to plug that one into SATA1.
  12. Boot into the BIOS and make sure that the SSD is still first in the boot order (since it is plugged into the SATA0 port, chances are very high that it will be).
  13. In Disk Management, you should see that the SSD is now Disk0. You should see a "System Reserved" partition on one of the HDDs. You are welcome to delete this partition; however, you won't be able to use that additional space unless you reformat the second partition also, since the reserved partition is at the beginning of the HDD.
 
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