How to move Windows boot files to new drive?


  1. Posts : 48
    Win 10 Pro
       #1

    How to move Windows boot files to new drive?


    I have an old PC which I have upgraded over the years.
    It used to be a Vista / Win 7 PC which I then dual booted with Win 10 on a separate new HDD - and also Ubuntu on the Win 7 HDD - but the boot information has always remained on the original Win 7 HDD.
    I recently fitted a SSD and cloned my Win 10 installation onto it. As I had a multiboot setup I simply added the new SSD as the default drive.
    The problem came when I tried to remove the original Win 7 HDD. The PC simply stalled as it did not have any boot info.

    How can I move / create reliable boot information on the new SSD?

    I do not want to erase any of the existing HDDs - at least as yet.
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  2. Posts : 6,969
    windows 10
       #2

    Can you post a screenshot from disk management so we can see all details. It makes a difference if it's mrb,gpt, uefi
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  3. Posts : 48
    Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I have attached the computer management as JPG.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails How to move Windows boot files to new drive?-hd-setup.jpg  
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  4. Posts : 4,078
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #4

    The main problem is that you installed Win 10 without detaching the other drives. Windows 10 is in more than one drive.

    Try to detach drive 0 & 1 from the MB (detach SATA or power cable) leaving on only the drive 2 (SSD).
    Then boot from win 10 installation disk and do a boot repair.
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  5. Posts : 48
    Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    The installation DVD alone did not work at all.

    I used Macrium Reflect to fix the MBR and boot files.
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  6. Posts : 4,078
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #6

    Good. Please mark this thread as solved.
    As I wrote above, Drive 2 isn't complete.
    I would do a clean install on it. Remember to detach the other drives from the MB.
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