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  1.    06 Sep 2017 #1
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    Can't boot, not even in safe mode due to INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE


    I'm having an issue with a SSD which I put into a different laptop, and now whenever I try to boot I get a INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE BSOD, even in safe mode.

    The following is what has happened so far. I just purchased a laptop to replace my main laptop, and I removed the SSD from my old laptop and put it in the new one. I was expecting Windows to install the needed new drivers when booting and then continue to boot to Windows, which is what happened the last two times I put the SSD into a different computer. However, instead of this, I was met with a BAD POOL HEADER BSOD, when I tried to boot Windows. I was also unable to boot into Safe Mode, as I was getting a PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA BSOD.

    I was getting the same BSOD in Safe Mode on the previous laptop, but it was always booting fine when booting normally.

    I've taken a number of steps to try and resolve the BSOD, without any success. I did a system backup with Todo Backup, and then restored it to the SSD using the System Transfer restore, which is designed to do a restore to dissimilar hardware. This made no difference. I also tried doing an In-Place Upgrade on the original laptop, and I planned to put the SSD in the new laptop again after the first reboot. But, the In-Place Upgrade always fails a few seconds after Windows Setup informs me it will reboot shortly. I tried the following to get the upgrade to work. I did a clean boot. I did a clean uninstall of my antivirus (I ran the uninstaller, followed by using the uninstall tool from the manufacturer), and also ran all the repairs in Tweaking.com's Windows Repair. None of these helped. However, I must add that despite not being able to complete the upgrade, ever since I upgraded to Creators Update when it was first released, I have been able to install every Windows Update release with no issues.

    The next step I took was to run SysPrep. After SysPrep finised running and shut down my old laptop, and I put the SSD into the new laptop again, when I tried to boot, I got another BSOD, which I believe was the same as the original one. However, from then on, all subsequent boot attemps have lead to an INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE BSOD, even in Safe Mode. I presume that if I can fix this BSOD, then Windows will actually boot.

    I have run Startup Repair from a Recovery Drive, have tried to fix the MBR, etc from a Commnad Prompt, have done an offline SFC /scannow, and run Neosmart's Easy Recovery Essentials. None of this has helped.

    There are a few things I must mention. I know that the RAM is not faulty. I even tried the SSD in another laptop, and got the same BSODs. (This was before I ran SysPrep and started getting the Inaccessible Boot Device BSODs). Windows is malware free. The SSD is error free. It has no SMART errors and passed a surface test.

    When I get the BSODs, there are no dumpfiles saved. Also, there are no boot logs generated, even when I enable boot logging.

    Doing a clean install of Windows is not an option for me. I know this will work, as the new laptop came with Windows 10 installed and running fine, but like I said, I do not want to do this. So I either want to get me existing install of Windows working on the new laptop, or if I can't, I will put the SSD back into the original laptop and continue using that. I would greatly prefer to use the new laptop as has a bigger screen and more powerful CPU.
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  2.    06 Sep 2017 #2
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.64

    This bug check indicates that the Microsoft Windows operating system has lost access to the system partition during startup.

    Was the windows 10 version the same on the new laptop as the version you were using on the SSD in the old laptop? I'm guessing there might be a conflict somewhere?
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  3.    06 Sep 2017 #3
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    The new laptop, had Windows 10 Home installed on it, but the SSD I'm using has Windows 10 Pro. I presume it is a driver issue.
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  4.    06 Sep 2017 #4
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.64

    Quote Originally Posted by rogerm View Post
    The new laptop, had Windows 10 Home installed on it, but the SSD I'm using has Windows 10 Pro. I presume it is a driver issue.
    I think the different operating system is causing a problem - they are very different versions and activation of the new laptop for W10 Home is digitally assigned to its motherboard. I'm not sure how you get around this without a clean install.
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  5.    06 Sep 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerm View Post
    The new laptop, had Windows 10 Home installed on it, but the SSD I'm using has Windows 10 Pro. I presume it is a driver issue.
    You can't install a Windows Pro unless its a paid version, with a key. If its a oem version, it cannot be transferred to any other computer. Read this link I posted for you, and see if it helps you.
    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  6.    06 Sep 2017 #6
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    10 preview 64bit

    Is one a UEFI and the other not??

    Roy
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  7.    06 Sep 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike65 View Post
    You can't install a Windows Pro unless its a paid version, with a key.
    I know that, but at the moment my issue is getting the laptop to boot. If I can't get it boot, I will keep using my old laptop, and my faster new laptop not get used.
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  8.    06 Sep 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkman View Post
    Is one a UEFI and the other not??
    Neither uses UEFI.
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  9.    06 Sep 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerm View Post
    I know that, but at the moment my issue is getting the laptop to boot. If I can't get it boot, I will keep using my old laptop, and my faster new laptop not get used.
    Put the hard drive you took out, back in, boot to your windows 10, then use Macrium Reflect and make a complete image of your C-Drive to a 2nd drive. Make a 2nd complete image of your SSD drive.
    Then format your ssd then use your Macrium to do a restore to from the Windows image from the original Windows that came with your laptop. You can run Macrium from a USB stick also, if needed. If you did everything correctly then your ssd should boot into Windows fine. If it does then you might have to enlarge your partition on the ssd to gain back any lost hard drive space.

    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - Cloning a disk
    Cloning a disk - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    Macrium Refect Free version link.
    Macrium Software | Your Image is Everything
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  10.    06 Sep 2017 #10
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    The problem I have is that, I want to use my original install of Windows from my old laptop on the new one.

    I could do a clean install of Windows, and it would work fine, but I it is important for me to use the Windows install from my old laptop, as I have many programs installed on it that I want to keep.
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