Windows 10: SSD Not Booting Automatically Solved

  1.    18 Feb 2018 #1

    SSD Not Booting Automatically


    My SSD drive with Windows 10 Pro on it stopped automatically booting when turning on my computer a few days ago. All I can remember is that I installed MS-Office 2013 Professional Plus the night before. Everything was working normally until I tried to start my computer the next morning. Let me explain. When starting my computer, the ASUS bios post screen comes up and stays that way until I press DEL or F2. After a few minutes the bios setup screen comes up. The drive is shown properly. I go into the Boot Manager and physically select my boot drive, and then, Windows 10 starts and operates normally.

    This is a home-built computer that has worked normally since May. It uses an ASUS 2170-K motherboard with bios version 3301 (the latest). My boot drive is a Samsung SSD; 850 EVO 2 (250GB). My operating system is Windows 10 Pro, version 1709, os build 16299.248.

    I double-checked the bios and reinstalled the firmware (3301) from the ASUS site. The problem still exists. Could it be that the boot record or UEFI (?) may have gotten damaged?

    I'd appreciate any help here. This has been a great system since it was first built. Could the damage have been malicious? Malwarebytes came up clean and Bitdefender shows no problems.

    Thanks! Martin
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  2.    18 Feb 2018 #2

    Sounds like boot repairs might help. Are you using Macrium Reflect? If so, you can boot to the Macrium Rescue Media, and then perform Boot Repairs (here's a related TenForums tutorial on that topic: Use Macrium Reflect Rescue Media to Fix Windows Boot Issues Windows 10 Tutorials ). Otherwise, you will want to boot to a (bootable) Windows 10 install or repair disk, or a recovery partition, and get into the command line to start troubleshooting. There's a tutorial for that too: Troubleshoot Windows 10 failure to boot using Recovery Environment Windows 10 Tutorials .
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  3.    18 Feb 2018 #3

    Thank you for the information Ed. I ran the Macrium repair as prescribed. I'm not really sure if it corrected the issue though. Now, when starting the computer, it sits at the ASUS Bios screen (sorry for orientation) for almost exactly 5 minutes and then Windows 10 boots/starts normally.

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    I need to get to the bottom of the long pause. I changed the bios display time to 3 seconds, but it made no difference. So, getting back to my original post; I'm not really sure if Windows would boot at all, or I just didn't wait long enough.

    Thoughts?
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  4.    18 Feb 2018 #4

    If it bootok once selected it would suggest ther eis no problem with the drive or booting. The problem is in the bios does it save that you have set the drive as boot drive its worth trying a new cmos battery. Is that the only drive and is it set to port 0
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  5.    18 Feb 2018 #5

    Just changed the cmos battery. No change.
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  6.    18 Feb 2018 #6

    You didntanswer
    does the bios remember the boot order?
    Is it on port 0
    is it the only drive

    If you have any other drive disconnect include dvd and see if it boots ok then
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  7.    18 Feb 2018 #7

    IT'S FIXED!!! You were right. It turned out to be a bad DVD drive. Put another one in the box and it boots normally!!!

    THANK YOU!!
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  •    19 Feb 2018 #8

    Glad you got it sorted. Nice catch, Samuria! As the old saw goes "It's always something..."
    --Ed--
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