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How to load OS through SSD rather than old HDD?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    How to load OS through SSD rather than old HDD?

    I recently bought an ASUS N550 with the idea of replacing the HDD with an SSD and using an HDD caddy wanted to put the old hard drive back in and use the extra memory. I took all these steps, copying the contents of the HDD onto the SSD, then putting the SSD in the hard drive position and the HDD in the space where the optical drive used to be.

    However, if anything, my pc has become slower since this change. I assume that this is because the laptop is still loading the OS through the HDD. Why is this? If the SSD is in the hard drive slot, I don't know why the OS isn't being loaded through it.

    I looked into changing the UEFI Firmware Settings, however it wasn't immediately apparent how to change the boot drive. Any ideas of how I can fix this problem and run my system through the SSD?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Welcome henryp0p! Try the last post here: Moving/Fixing MBR
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  3. #3

    How did you "copy" the contents of HDD to SSD ?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Welcome to EightForums

    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
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    CountMike has a very important question you need to answer ...

    If you just "copied" files and folder, you most likely overlooked those that were "hidden" -- some of which are needed for the system to boot and the Operating System to work. So, my guess is that the boot from the SSD is failing and the system then skips to the hard drive, where it finds a bootable OS and runs that.

    What you should have done is use a disk imaging app (like Macrium Reflect) to do one of the following:
    1) Clone the hard drive partitions to the SSD (if the SSD is large enough to contain them)
    2) Clone the boot and OS partitions from the hard drive to the SSD

    Both of these will copy ALL of the files and folders in each partition and you will then end up with a bootable SSD that contains all the files and folders from those partitions.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    At the moment this is all speculation. I copied my windows installation with drag and drop through finder via a usb key. It doesn't matter how you do it as long as you have what the bootloader expects in the correct place.

    Unplug your HDD and see what happens. If it doesn't work you don't have a boot loader to tell Windows where to start. If it does work then you are booting from your SSD and your performance issues are elsewhere.

    Give us a picture of disk management as well - something like this but with different details probably:
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  7. #7

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    Windows 8.1

    Sorry for not following this up with a reply. I eventually solved this problem by paying for a specifically designed program for transferring the OS from an HDD to an SSD.
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