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Need help trying to install Windows 8 on SSD

  1. #1


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    Need help trying to install Windows 8 on SSD


    Hi,

    I'm new to these forums, I registered to see if you guys could help me out with this issue.

    I recently bought a 120 GB SSD to upgrade from my old 640 GB HDD, since I didn't want to install Windows all again I was planning on just migrating everything to the new SSD, ok what I did was that I backed up all the data to an external hard drive, then I started deleting some of the music, videos, photos from my HDD to slim it down and make it fit into my SSD, I was able to bring it down to 77.9 GB (SSD has a free space of 111 GB), so then I migrated everything to the SSD using the software that came with it.

    I restarted my PC and booted from the SSD and then an error on a black screen showed up, saying something among the lines of "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might have caused the issue..."

    Thinking that it was something wrong with the connection I tried with different SATA cables and even different ports(even connected the SSD to the port were the HDD was before) and the error kept showing up. I made the SSD the primary source of booting...nothing.

    Then I used another program called EaseUs Todo Backup and tried cloning the disk again, and nothing happened, still the same error...so I gave up, I downloaded Windows 8 again (I currently have Windows 8.1 but since the version I bought was 8 it wouldn't let me download the most recent one), saved it to a USB drive as an ISO, and I booted from the USB, I did the "Automatic Repair" and it kinda fixed the problem, now the error doesn't show up anymore but I believe it created a dual boot since it gives two different options when I boot, one that says Windows 8.1 and the other one doesn't say anything.

    Thinking that everything was fine now I went to My PC to format the HDD and I found that I was still using my HDD and not the SSD, it shows that Windows 8 is still installed on my HDD, I tried formatting the SSD again and doing all the steps one more time....nothing.
    So this time I booted again from the USB and tried to do a fresh install of Windows 8 on the SSD, when I get to the screen where it says to select the partition I select the SSD and it comes up another error saying that there wasn't enough free space on the selected volume.

    Here is a picture of my Disk Management, I don't know why but it created another partition "J" that has 100 MB which is filled to almost it's full capacity, maybe that's the reason why it doesn't let me install Windows, I tried formatting that partition but it doesn't allow me either.
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    This is a good, extensive tutorial for installing Windows 7 to a SSD. Windows 8 is the same:

    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Disconnect Drive 1 before doing any of this to protect it from any accidental file/folder amage.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    This is a good, extensive tutorial for installing Windows 7 to a SSD. Windows 8 is the same:

    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Disconnect Drive 1 before doing any of this to protect it from any accidental file/folder amage.
    Thanks man, really helpful!
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    Posts : 21
    Windows 8


    ok, now I ran into another problem.

    I was able to install Windows on the SSD and everything going smooth but now when I try to switch to the HDD(at the boot menu) it says "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system"

    I don't know what else to do, I want to recover all the files, programs and settings that I had on my HDD, I'm so frustrated right now, I had very important stuff saved in there and now I'm afraid that I lost it...

    Please someone help me!
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    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    The easiest way to save your data at this point is to download a linux distro (Ubuntu) and create a live CD. From there you will be able to access your HDD and retrieve your data.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Tews View Post
    The easiest way to save your data at this point is to download a linux distro (Ubuntu) and create a live CD. From there you will be able to access your HDD and retrieve your data.
    OK, but then once I get into my HDD how do I transfer all the data to the SSD? I mean just the data, since I already have Windows installed on the SSD and I don't want to mess with that again.
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    You should be able to access the HDD and the SSD from the Linux live CD so just copy (not move) from one to the other.
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  8. #8


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    When you make a fresh installation on the SSD, you have to disconnect all other disks - else your bootmgr can end up on a HDD. You better check that first. The disk/partition with the Windows flag is the active partition and contains the bootmgr (see picture).

    Recovering the data is easy with a live Linux disc as was said above, and if you have none, you can use my method:

    Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

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  9. #9


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    When you make a fresh installation on the SSD, you have to disconnect all other disks - else your bootmgr can end up on a HDD. You better check that first. The disk/partition with the Windows flag is the active partition and contains the bootmgr (see picture).

    Recovering the data is easy with a live Linux disc as was said above, and if you have none, you can use my method:

    Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Click image for larger version
    Yeah I believe that's what happened, I didn't know that I had to disconnect the other disks in order to make a fresh installation, I checked and it's all good now, the Windows flag is now over the SSD disk. Before it was on my HDD that's why I couldn't boot from the SSD...

    I'll try now with the Linux Live CD, I let you guys know how it went...Thanks!
    Last edited by swansem; 10 Apr 2014 at 21:29.
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  10. #10


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am glad you skinned that cat. If you have trouble retrieving your files, post back. There are many options.
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