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Launch Windows from SSD instead of the HD

  1. #1


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8

    Launch Windows from SSD instead of the HD


    (edit: solved. For whatever reason the SSD didn't have an EFI
    partition and Win8 wasn't installed on a GPT partition...
    So it didn't show up as bootable UEFI device)


    Hey ,

    Been fiddling around with it now for one day but didn't get it running.
    Guess I need some help...

    My notebook had a hardware defect... so I removed the SSD and sent
    it to the hardware service provider.

    Yesterday I received the repaired notebook but I totally fail in setting
    up UEFI so it would boot from the SSD again (with my old Win installation).

    When installing Win 8 it was probably all handled automatically.

    But now I'm lost...
    There's a "Windows Boot Manager" entry in the UEFI but it points to the
    hard disc... and I can't select the SSD.
    (It's detected as Hard Disk 1 in the UEFi's info tab though)

    There is a BOOTMGR file in the SSD's root.
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    Last edited by Samhayne; 01 Nov 2013 at 09:12.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Can you please remove that link to your image and upload it directly to the forum because it generates a ton of unwanted pop ups and some of them may not be suitable for younger forum members.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8


    [x] done.
    Sorry!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hi Samhayne,

    Thanks for that! Now, I'm still a bit confused about your current configuration. So, do you have "both" the hard drive and the SSD connected right now?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8


    Yes!

    Also found this thread now:
    Msata does not boot.

    Same notebook, same SSD, similar problem.

    It's just odd that it worked before the repair procedure.
    But... according to the repair report they replaced the mainboard.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Wait! Your link points to an MSata arrangement and you previously identified it as an ordinary SSD. Please provide your make/model number and list all internal system specs or just run speccy and post the report:

    Speccy - System Information - Free Download
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  7. #7


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8


    Hum... maybe my fault.

    Yes it's an mSata SSD.
    The notebook is a Lenovo Y580.

    Maybe really related to the notebook after seeing this thread:
    Y580: new Crucial M4 mSATA SSD not showing in BIOS... - Lenovo Community

    Just weird that it all worked before...
    It won't show me the selection seen in the screenshot in the third posting.
    I did like him, installing Win 8 from DVD... but now I can't select it any more
    after installing the mSata in the repaired notebook.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    So, the factory fixed it, and they should have restored the original boot configuration, including the mSata caching arrangement. So, what exactly isn't working since the factory did the repair? Please explain in detail.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8


    Sorry again,
    I was just editing my last posting:



    It won't show me the selection seen in the screenshot in the third posting (Lenovo Forum Link)
    I did like him originally, installing Win 8 from DVD ... but now I can't select it any more
    after installing the mSata in the repaired notebook.
    I removed the SSD before sending it to the factory.
    (I bought it seperately and I didn't trust the service to not lose it during the repair procedure)

    The BIOS' Windows Boot Manager option just won't bring up the menu when hitting enter or anything.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Oh my Samhayne,

    You seem to add additional information that changes your situation with every new update; however, since you did not explain your actual issue with clarity from the get-go, I'm just apprehensive about making any suggestions at this point without asking more questions until I finally understand your issue with total clarity. I think at this point, it might be better for someone else to assist you. Good luck in finding a solution to your issue.

    my2cents
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