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Windows 8 Migrate to SSD problems - SSD not booting

  1. #11


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You are welcome BOOSTEDI5.

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  2. #12

    Solved!! SSD Empowered


    I finally figured out I had to install the SSD to get Windows to boot correctly! I figured this out when I went into a bootable USB Stick with Paragon Recovery Media Builder software. I went into Correcting EFI parameters to view a list all of windows installations and boot orders and correct parameters. I circled the menu below.

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    After looking at Both my 500GB HDD and the 240GB SSD it showed BOTH DISK with the EXACT same parameters. The parameters were Partition ID: 1 & Active. They also show ID: 0x01 FAT12 for what I think was the GUID.

    So, I proceeded with removing the case for my first time which is rather difficult the first time. Once I got it open I took out the HDD and installed the SDD. I then booted it up without putting the bottom of the case on to see if it worked. Sure enough! It booted Right up and running!

    BTW, I used this guys guide/pictures to assist with my upgrade.

    ASUS X202E hard drive upgrade instructions (replace w/SSD)

    I'm pretty sure my issue was Disk 0 (HDD) was taking precedence over the Disk 1 (SDD). That was messing up the boot process not matter how I was trying to force the disk to boot in BIOS menu. It's possible could have got the SDD to boot from the USB if I messed with some other BIOS values.

    Between upgrading to the SSD and installing a dual-band Wireless adapter my system is now worthy of the Ultrabook title it was designated.

    I also wanted to mention my experience with the various migration software. The first one I used (EaseUS) would
    have worked fine and it was free. It had good options on what to copy but it wasn't very specific on transferring the
    UEFI parameters from one disk to the other. The one I bought > Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0 for $16 isn't the one I ended up using. As I mention above it had that great boot utility that allowed me to discover the disk discrepancy which was nice. On my 3rd attempt to fix my issue I ended up using was Macrium Reflect mentioned by Clintlgm. That software didn't give me the information about aligning the SSD like paragon did so I was a little concerned about the alignment issue. But after going back into Macrium I noticed an option to align and I clicked that. It said already aligned. So I didn't bother doing any more cloning and trusted Macriums results before my install. Overall I'd probably recommend EaseUS or Macrium for free!

    Here's a few pictures I took during the upgrade. Good times! Next up comes installing Ubuntu on my spare 100GB space for dual boot!

    The SSD
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    The new wireless adapter allowing me to go from 72 Mbps to 300 Mbps! Much Better!
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    And a couple other pictures.

    Out with the Old
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    In with the NEW!

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    = Benchmark Express!

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    The Laptop

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    Merry Christmas & Thanks for the help everyone!! SSD is SO Much BETTER than 5400 RPM HDD!

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  3. #13


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    You state in post 1 Easybcd COSTS $20...Not true , its free, and it is a doddle to set up a duel boot with Ubuntu.
    You could also set up a dual boot with your HDD and your SSD.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You state in post 1 Easybcd COSTS $20...Not true , its free, and it is a doddle to set up a duel boot with Ubuntu.
    You could also set up a dual boot with your HDD and your SSD.
    Hey, thanks for clarifying that. I was at neosmarts webpage and notice EasyBCD 2.2 is still free. I think I clicked on a different link.

    Finally got Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running dual boot. Was a bit of a hassle but I got it working.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by BOOSTEDI5 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You state in post 1 Easybcd COSTS $20...Not true , its free, and it is a doddle to set up a duel boot with Ubuntu.
    You could also set up a dual boot with your HDD and your SSD.
    Hey, thanks for clarifying that. I was at neosmarts webpage and notice EasyBCD 2.2 is still free. I think I clicked on a different link.

    Finally got Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running dual boot. Was a bit of a hassle but I got it working.
    A pleasure.....Surprised you didn't install Ubuntu 13.10
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BOOSTEDI5 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You state in post 1 Easybcd COSTS $20...Not true , its free, and it is a doddle to set up a duel boot with Ubuntu.
    You could also set up a dual boot with your HDD and your SSD.
    Hey, thanks for clarifying that. I was at neosmarts webpage and notice EasyBCD 2.2 is still free. I think I clicked on a different link.

    Finally got Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running dual boot. Was a bit of a hassle but I got it working.
    A pleasure.....Surprised you didn't install Ubuntu 13.10
    I was thinking about it but I heard it has a time limit of 9months or something. I booted up 13.10 on a USB and it looked the same on bootup.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Thanks for sharing this information. This is very helpful. Anyway , i need your help guys.. I dont want to create a new thread since this is related. I tried cloning the OS partition to SSD , but did not boot.

    Here's my setup:

    Original OS - Windows 7 , and I have windows 8 installed also. Win8 starts up first and I got to choose between win 7 or win 8 .
    OS location: C - win7 ; F - win 8 ; D - recovery

    What I've done so far:
    1. Took a backup of drive c
    2. while on win 7 - created a recovery disk ( after creating the disk - the name it suggested is recovery disk for win 8? - does this mean win 8 is my primary?)
    3. I want windows 7 for now so I cloned drive C using easeus software , and cloned the drive C partition.
    4. Replaced my HDD with SSD ; booted from CD/ROM using recovery disk , windows load files but nothing happens.



    is there anything I missed? or you guys have any suggestions? I tried searching for other forums but this one is the closest to my situation.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    See my reply to post by DBDx316 2 hrs ago....."SSD not registering on boot after HDD to SSD".
    Down load EasyBCD and follow instructions in that post.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Tried that.. but failed..
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  10. #20


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate


    Quote Originally Posted by BOOSTEDI5 View Post
    I finally figured out I had to install the SSD to get Windows to boot correctly! I figured this out when I went into a bootable USB Stick with Paragon Recovery Media Builder software. I went into Correcting EFI parameters to view a list all of windows installations and boot orders and correct parameters. I circled the menu below.

    Click image for larger version
    Unfortunately, the rest of that comment was pretty much useless me me. Even following the directions of the picture didn't fix my problem, but it absolutely had me on the right track.

    A little back story. I work at a datacenter. I am now a father of 6. I do side work for family, friends, and neighbors.
    This is the first forum I have signed up with, to contribute!!

    The job that lead me here was an unsuspecting issue with anti-virus, or so my neighbors thought.
    My neighbors are snow birds, in the most unusual way. Rather than winters in Florida, they spend summers here, and winters in the Bahamas.
    They have brought me there laptop every now and then for usual complaints, pop-ups, anti-virus issues, malware.

    Laptop specs:
    Acer Aspire
    Core I-5
    Windows 8.1
    1TB Seagate / UEFI boot from the factory / GPT formated disk

    Some how they fell for the AVG upgrade, 30 days free, and the clock ran out the week before they came back to Florida.
    So I downgraded the AVG fine, but the performance was in the tank. I check the task manager, disk was at 100% with some IO wait. Besides some system processes and known applications nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary, except for the performance issues.

    I decided to do some digging and got out Hiren's(I still use 16) and use the HD Tune. I love that program because I feel it represents the true read/write speeds for any drive. On spindle drives it tends to be fastest at the beginning of the scan and slow down as it reaches the end of the disk. This isn't an error but rather the disk spins at its full speed and as the arm swings(I guess from outside to inside) and the drive has to slow down to read the clusters properly towards the center of the disk.(Or vise versa, but pretty sure my logic is correct).

    Well back to the test. It started right in the 100MB/sec range. Right around the 5-10% mark it tanked down to 5MB/sec range. WOW, found the real problem. Lets replace the disk!

    Sent the neighbors down to our local Tiger Direct for a 1TB WD replacement drive. Turns out in March Tiger announces they are closing all but 3 stores, and the shelves were empty, so an employee recommended Best Buy. They came back with a Blue WD drive. My thought about the drives, if it is not Enterprise, flash(SSD), or WD Black I don't use it. So I don't recommend it either! They returned it just to come back with a WD drive in a black box. A Hybrid drive. I wouldn't even touch the box, that's how much I distrust hybrid drives. More points of failure, for what, a little cache to help speed a traditional disk up.

    So we came together and decided SSD was the way to go. They would not be affected by possible spindle failures or surface errors any more.
    Found a decent Kingston V300 480GB SSD.

    Came in, no software, which apparently many, if not most drives come with, but may or may not work. No big deal, I will just find whats recommended that i can find a trial version for!

    Not going to go into all the versions I tried, but there was only a few results:
    1) It didn't copy all 7 partitions
    2) It wasn't compatible with Windows 8.1
    3) It didn't load the OS once all the data was copied over

    I even got desperate to the point, where after 2 days of late night trial and error, I caved and bought software for the first time in a long time.
    I bought Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0, which supports Windows 8.1, the free version didn't support it, and " I just knew it was the right software". Wrong. It didn't copy all 7 partitions...

    Well that where OP saved my brain. I had already tried Paragon Backup & Recovery 15 Home Trial, but after it migrated the 7 partitions, it wouldn't boot. Same 0x000025 error as before. That picture saved me. I looked up how to get the PE environment provided by Paragon on USB. Then I found and ran the Boot Corrector. Having done all the research at home but having brought everything to work, I only remember the hand draw circle at the top of the picture(Windows installation to correct). That didn't fix it. The I read the menu. knowing this was VERY likely a EFI, issue I selected Correct EFI boot parameters. That didn't fix it. Having done work on previous Vista and 7 OS I went for the boot parameters(boot.ini, BCD) option. That fixed it I was so relieved. I was able to return a fully functional laptop, running 300 MB/sec read and 250 MB/sec write. 14.5 seconds to lock screen at boot. Under 35 seconds to load Skype that is auto-start for them.

    I hope you can keep this forum around for a long time, and I hope my struggle will help someone else.
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