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Can't boot to SSD by default

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    Can't boot to SSD by default

    Bought a new HP Win8 machine w/1tb hd. Finally broke secure boot. Partitioned drive so C drive would fit in my SSD, eventually cloned C partition to SSD. I can get it to boot the SSD if I (esc) at boot to specify 1-time boot to sata0 (SSD). If I boot non-stop, boots to sata1 spinning hd (where I got the SSD image from).

    Talked to HP, they won't help, as original hd is fine. They eventually told me I need to look into BCDEDIT. Been on this forum and it looks quite confusing (to me). Here is a screen shot with both drives connected:

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    Can someone do me a big favor and give me the best bcdedit command to boot from sata0, as default drive, (instead of sata1) which is my SSD. I've looked at several examples in this forum, did not find exactly what I'm looking for. I'm also afraid of breaking my system as it took quite a while to get here.

    I've also read horror stories of easybcd and had a hard time finding a trusted source, so am thinking about staying away from that (unless someone could give me a good link to d/l it).


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    A nice utility that can even automatically fix that.
    EasyBCD 2.2 Download - TechSpot
    But, are you sure you have a right BOOT order set in the BIOS ? Sounds like you are using only temporary boot order settings from BIOS.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Did you set SATA0 as the boot device in the BIOS Boot section? The one time boot is just that, it will only use that boot option for that one boot. On the next boot up it will use the default BIOS boot order, what ever that is set to. The one time boot option is meant for doing installs etc or booting from alive CD.
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    I installed easybcd. I have no idea what to do in that program. I was hoping to find something like Boot from SATA0 or 1, but not that simple. I'm afraid I may make the system un-bootable. I don't understand the concept of this bcd. What I'm trying to do seems very easy (was VERY easy prior to Win Boot Manager): All I want to do is always boot from SATA0, which is connected to the ssd drive. If I just power on not striking any keys, it boots to the SATA1 drive (spinning hard drive that the system came with). If I could just turn off the Windows Boot Manager and use the legacy bios settings, that would solve my dilemma.

    I'm very familiar with the old scheme: in bios define device boot order (floppy, dvd, hard drive), then in the hard drive priority, specify the order of drives to try.

    Yes, Legacy boot specifies the above device boot order and the drive section starts with SATA0, then SATA1.

    If I hit Esc (HP pc) upon boot, I can change the one-time boot to SATA0, and it boots from the ssd fine, but I would like the default to be the ssd drive, not spinning hard drive.

    Can you tell me what needs to be done inside easybcd? I don't even know which drive to install the program on (ssd or hd), but would assume I would boot from that drive. I really would appreciate some specific easybcd tools and what I would do in that tool.

    Thanks again.
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    As I expected, I played around a very small bit with easybcd and my ssd won't boot. Get Windows failed to start... I went thru HELL getting the image on this ssd don't want to attempt that again. Luckily, hard drive still boots. Looks like time to trash this ssd and give up <grin>.
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    There are two ways to change default boot drive one is a bios setting the other is to swap the data cables on the hard drives.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    If you haven't done so already, follow one of the above tutorials to create a system repair disk, or a system recovery drive. Once you have one of those, shutoff your computer and unplug the HDD and plug the SSD into the first SATA port. Then reboot your system with either your recovery disk or flash drive. The tutorial shows you how to get to the option to do an automatic repair, which I believe should add the boot sector to your SSD so that it will boot on its own. If it is like Windows 7, you may need to run automatic repair up to 3 separate times.
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    Thanks. Created win8 64-bit repair cd, booted it with just ssd connected to sata0. The tutorial was not the same as the prompts on the pc. Actually saw: US kybd layout, troubleshoot, advanced options, only see sys restore, sys image recovery, auto repair, command prompt DO NOT SEE UEFI firmware settings. That's probably because I got rid of secure boot in the bios.

    Luckily, I did an Acronis TI backup, did a successful restore of the image to the SSD.

    I wish it was as easy as swapping cables. Actually put SSD on SATA1, HD on SATA0, still boots to HD by default. Legacy bios default boot definitely says boot to SATA0 1st.

    I'm sure I'm not the only person to install a SSD in a win8 pc. Amazing how much time spent on this new Win Boot Manager. Sure wish I could get the legacy boot order working like older pc's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captnorm View Post
    I wish it was as easy as swapping cables. Actually put SSD on SATA1, HD on SATA0, still boots to HD by default. Legacy bios default boot definitely says boot to SATA0 1st.
    The way you have said that is correct it will boot the HD first as it says boot SATA0 first and you have it as the HD. If the SSD is not boot able and it is the default boot drive and the bios does not it see as boot able it will boot the next device it finds. You have the HD set as the boot drive.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    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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