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Pre-Installed (Acer) Windows 8 to SSD

  1. #1


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    Pre-Installed (Acer) Windows 8 to SSD


    Hi everyone! I decided to head to my local PC store today and treated myself a new Acer M51BC.

    Everything was pretty much what I wanted, with the exception of an SSD. I figured that would be no issue as I'd stick my old SSD in there and reinstall.

    Now, today I decided to create the recovery USB in Windows, put an old SATA drive I had in as a test and re-installed Windows 8. It ran perfectly and before I knew it I had Windows 8 up and running.

    Now, I decide to use the SSD since I knew what I was doing, this is where my problems start.

    I still have the USB in the computer, and everything is exactly the same before with the exception that this SSD still has my Win 7 OS on it. I guess there is a chance the Windows 7 installation may be causing issues, which is why I mention it, Maybe I need to put it back in the old PC and format before I do this?

    Anyway, here's why it's not working. When I go to 'Reset your PC' I get the same options as before, However this time I'm told 'Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing.'

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Updated:
    Since I can open a command prompt, I have been trying to look online at how I can see how Windows can view the disk,

    From Command Prompt, I typed in diskpart, then list disk.

    I get:
    Disc 0 - Online - 223GB
    Disk 1,2,3,4,5 - No Media - 0B
    Disk 6 - Online - 14GB

    Edit:
    If I do 'sel dis 0' followed by 'list par'


    I get:
    Partition 1 - 100MB - Offset 1024kb
    Partition 2 - 223GB - Offset 101MB

    I hope this is of some relevance!
    Last edited by bjefferies; 04 Oct 2014 at 14:17.

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I ran into the same issue when I put an SSD in my ASUS Laptop. I never did get the recovery drive to work with the SSD. I got the same error message you did. I also tested it on the original spinner drive and it worked fine. I even tried replicating the partition structure as best I could. The original drive was 750 GB and the SSD was 128 GB, no way to replicate all the original partitions and make them the same size. I eventually gave up and did a clean install of Windows 8.0. I wasn't an MVP at that time so I had to resort to bit-torrent to get a TechNet ISO. That ISO read and used my OEM embedded key automatically. 8 Core was installed automatically with no prompt to enter a product key. Activated online without issue too. I had also tried to image the important system partitions but all I got was a BSOD. Wish I could be more help. There are some clever lads and lasses here so wait a while and see if somebody else can sort it out for you.
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    I think you might have to set Disk 6 as the recovery. Have to name it Recovery and set the id string value. It is here someplace, will try to find.

    EDIT: Here it is starting at post #23: Windows 8.1 Recovery - Could not find recovery environment
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  4. #4


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I ran into the same issue when I put an SSD in my ASUS Laptop. I never did get the recovery drive to work with the SSD. I got the same error message you did. I also tested it on the original spinner drive and it worked fine. I even tried replicating the partition structure as best I could. The original drive was 750 GB and the SSD was 128 GB, no way to replicate all the original partitions and make them the same size. I eventually gave up and did a clean install of Windows 8.0. I wasn't an MVP at that time so I had to resort to bit-torrent to get a TechNet ISO. That ISO read and used my OEM embedded key automatically. 8 Core was installed automatically with no prompt to enter a product key. Activated online without issue too. I had also tried to image the important system partitions but all I got was a BSOD. Wish I could be more help. There are some clever lads and lasses here so wait a while and see if somebody else can sort it out for you.
    Sounds painful! I was tempted to try an ISO, I must admit, I just couldn't find one that definitely matched my needs. I tried using a M$ program which supposedly would give me an ISO in exchange for my product key (which I got using a program) but it rejected my product key which made me assume the ISO wouldn't work.

    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I think you might have to set Disk 6 as the recovery. Have to name it Recovery and set the id string value. It is here someplace, will try to find.
    Sounds interesting, I'd be keen to know more.

    I've also posted the question somewhere else as I'm getting a little desperate for help, they said the following:

    "I assume the SSD is a MBR disk. I think that at a minimum you'll need to delete the partitions. And maybe have to convert it to GPT.

    You installed OK on the old SATA drive, so I'm wondering about the major difference(s) from the SSD. The SSD is MBR and fully populated with two partitions. I'm guessing that the old SATA drive MBR and sufficient unallocated space for the needed three partitions to be created. If that guess is correct then deleting the partitions on the SSD should be all you need to do."

    Any further help on this would be hugely appreciated too.

    Cheers guys!
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    See my edit above. Read through post #26.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    The only official download, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create won't accept OEM keys for the download. < this is likely the one you tried. I think the ISO would work, but you can't download it to even try it.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    See my edit above. Read through post #26.
    Will do that now, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The only official download, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create won't accept OEM keys for the download. < this is likely the one you tried. I think the ISO would work, but you can't download it to even try it.
    Just tried again, sadly it says:
    This product key cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    See my edit above. Read through post #26.
    Reading up on this now, a bit stuck with post 24, since he selected the second partition, since he seems to have 6, yet I only have 2, what would be the best way to go about this?

    Thanks!
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    Was your computer originally 7 and you upgraded or was it 8.1? I was thinking your recovery USB was 8. I admit to not being sure what you are dealing with.

    And yes, the SSD needs to have all partitions deleted before you try to put 8 on it.

    If you clone/image the SATA drive onto the SSD then go through the steps it should work. That is assuming the SSD is big enough to accept at least a minimal clone/image of the SATA drive with all partitions.

    EDIT: I am talking about the original drive that came with the computer being cloned to the SSD.
    Last edited by popeye; 04 Oct 2014 at 21:26.
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    My "old" computer (which the SSD has come from) is running Windows 7.

    The new computer which the recovery USB was made from is 8.1.

    Could you please advise the best way I can go about formatting/removing the partitions on this SSD? I'm assuming having a completely blank drive is going to help. It is currently my C: in my old PC which I am using right now to type this. I'm assuming that if I can get this formatted then it should make the process a lot more convenient!

    Edit:
    Okay so here's my current thinking.

    If I boot into Windows 8 using the SATA drive that worked, and then add the SSD as a secondary drive, if I then format the SSD using Disk Management, then swap the two discs over and try installing again, it should work right?
    Last edited by bjefferies; 05 Oct 2014 at 02:23.
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