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Can't boot to SSD by default

  1. #11


    GOT IT!

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    I opened UEFI Boot Sources and found I can disable it. Then saved and it followed the legacy boot order of SATA0 as default boot device (ssd).

    THANKS for all your help guys.

    Re: When you cloned to the SSD did you also clone the hidden System Reserved partition? How do you know it is still booting from the hard drive and not the SSD?
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    It took many attempts to backup/recover the C partition from the original 1tb drive, to the ssd drive. Looking at Disk Management, there is only 1 partition on the ssd drive. No hidden partitions.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    At this point I have no idea what you did or how you got it working. When you say "I can disable it" what exactly did you disable, UEFI mode? I could have sworn there was a guide in the tutorials on how to clone your install to an SSD but couldn't find it. It sounds like you got it working so that's the main thing.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Your SSD Drive may be the first drive in the boot order, but Windows looks for the boot loader, and that can be on another drive. In my case, it is on my IDE drive but Windows 8 is on my Hybrid drive. It looks to the IDE drive for the bootloader, but then boots the OS on the Hybrid drive.

    This can happen if you added the SSD drive later than an original Windows 7 OS and installed 8 Onto the SSD drive, the OS will be on the SSD drive, but the bootloaders are still on the original drive. So the IDE drive has to be the first drive in the order, and that brings up the Windows 8 Boot GUI, were I can choose between Windows 7 on the IDE drive or 8 on the Hybrid drive. You may have something similar going on there.

    For best results, you would have to remove all other drives from the system and install Windows 8 on the SSD drive as a fresh install, that way, the SSD drive will have the Bootloader AND the OS on the same drive. Then, you can add in the other drives, and if another drive has a different OS, all you would need to do is select that drive from the system Boot Selection Menu. And you won't have any conflicts, each drive will have a separate bootable OS on them.

    (edit) Ah, i see you put Windows Boot Loader as trhe first device., this can only be done on new systems that have that feature in the BIOS. I can't do it, with my old motherboards.
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  4. #14


    In my screen shot above (Boot Order, UEFI Boot Sources), I hit <enter> while on that line in the BIOS. I had the option to disable, so disabled UEFI boot, assuming my Legacy boot order would be used. That's what solved it, it booted from SATA0 (my SSD drive).

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    At this point I have no idea what you did or how you got it working. When you say "I can disable it" what exactly did you disable, UEFI mode? I could have sworn there was a guide in the tutorials on how to clone your install to an SSD but couldn't find it. It sounds like you got it working so that's the main thing.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by captnorm View Post
    In my screen shot above (Boot Order, UEFI Boot Sources), I hit <enter> while on that line in the BIOS. I had the option to disable, so disabled UEFI boot, assuming my Legacy boot order would be used. That's what solved it, it booted from SATA0 (my SSD drive).

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    At this point I have no idea what you did or how you got it working. When you say "I can disable it" what exactly did you disable, UEFI mode? I could have sworn there was a guide in the tutorials on how to clone your install to an SSD but couldn't find it. It sounds like you got it working so that's the main thing.
    Ok, you booted in legacy mode not UEFI.
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