1. Joined : Dec 2015
    California, USA
    Posts : 115
    Windows 7 64 Pro
       25 May 2016 #1

    How do I boot off the partition I cloned, not the original partition


    So I'm having a lot of trouble doing my Win 7 to Win 10 upgrade (long story, other threads here), and then I realized that if I screwed up, I could damage my Windows partition , which also contains like 100+ GB of installed programs (but no real user data). I figured that I should do all my experiments and trials on a spare copy of that partition.

    My Windows C: partition is on an SSD, but I cloned that partition to a spare HDD. When I try to boot off the HDD, it still wants to boot off the SSD. How do I get that HDD to boot up properly?

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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 May 2016 #2

    From a Command Prompt (Admin) try running the following:

    bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: /f BIOS

    The drive letters in red will be the drive letter to the HDD windows partition.
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  3. Joined : Dec 2015
    California, USA
    Posts : 115
    Windows 7 64 Pro
       25 May 2016 #3

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    From a Command Prompt (Admin) try running the following:

    bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: /f BIOS

    The drive letters in red will be the drive letter to the HDD windows partition.
    NavyLCDR,

    I just did the help file for bcdboot and it does not have an /f flag. Is BIOS the OS Loader ID?

    I'm still on Win 7 SP 1 plus all patches.

    Thanks.

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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,604
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       25 May 2016 #4

    the /f flag is the firmware options

    BIOS, UEFI, ALL

    With the SDD in place - we will add the HDD to the SSD Boot files (BCD)

    Assume the HDD is drive letter H

    bcdboot H:\windows

    Now if you are disconnecting the SSD then you would use the command as Navy suggested
    As that command will add the boot files to the HDD
    Or you could use that suggested command - and then change the boot order in the bios to boot from the HDD first and the SSD second
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 May 2016 #5

    Leave off the /F BIOS
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