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Problem Migrating to a SSD as C: drive

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    Problem Migrating to a SSD as C: drive

    I have a new HP Envy 17 that came with a 1 TB hard disk and wanted to install a SSD as the boot disk. It has Windows 8.1 Professional installed on it.

    The HP has 2 disk bays with 2 motherboard sata connectors, one for disk 0 and one for disk 1.

    I installed the SSD in the 2nd drive bay and connected it to the disk 1 connector. Booted up and ran AOMEI Backupper Standard v2.0.2. Using the Clone function I cloned disk 0 onto disk 1 (the SSD). As AOMEI compacted some of the partitions, the RECOVERY partition, for example, I ran MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.11 to increase those partitions on the SSD to be the same size as on the original hard disk. This was just in case HP wanted to rewrite them there would be expansion room equal or greater than what was allocated on the original HP disk. Not likely I know!

    The disks were then exchanged in the drive bays. The SSD connected to the sata connector for disk 0 and the original hard disk moved to the disk 1 connector.

    I then rebooted. My recollection is that I ran Disk Management and things looked OK.

    Subsequently I started loading software, MS Office, etc. and now, after feeling something is not right I looked at my drives with Disk Management again and I noticed the Windows (C:) drive is assigned to the original hard disk, NOT the new SSD. A copy of the Disk Managment screen is attached.

    When I looked at the partitions using MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.11 I realize the problem is that the Windows partition on Disk 0 is not active and bootable. Now it appears that if I can make it active and bootable I may be able to boot the SSD windows.

    Question 1: Is this analysis correct?

    Question 2: How to make a partition active and bootable?

    Question 3: Any pitfalls with cloning the Windows (C:) partition, (Disk 1), over the Windows (J:), (Disk 0), partition?

    Question 4: Anything else?

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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by pueo View Post
    I noticed the Windows (C drive is assigned to the original hard disk, NOT the new SSD.
    You are right.

    Quote Originally Posted by pueo View Post
    How to make a partition active and bootable?
    UEFI boot mode and GPT partition table on the SSD/HDD do not use boot sectors and do not require active partition to be set. UEFI firmware (BIOS) scan the drive for existence of the "EFI System Partition", then run "\efi\boot\bootx64.efi".

    Remove the HDD from your computer.

    If Windows does not start.

    - Boot the computer using the Windows 7/8 installation media.
    - On the first screen, press SHIFT+F10 to bring up command prompt.
    - Boot the computer using the Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive.
    - select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt.

    - Run the following command at the command prompt.

    bcdboot c:\windows

    BCDBoot copies the boot files from the Windows partition to the EFI System partition and creates the BCD store in the same partition.

    BCDboot Command-Line Options

    edit: The ID for the recovery image partition type is incorrect, so do not wipe your HDD clean, until it has been corrected.
    Last edited by genet; 01 Nov 2014 at 05:39.
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Problem Migrating to a SSD as C: drive
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