Laptop wont boot after migrating os form HDD to SSD

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  1. Posts : 326
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    Hey guys , Cloning with Macrium minus the recovery partition worked . It booted up straight away. I am left wondering why OS migration with Minitool Partition wizard did not work for this laptop.

    So next step is upgrading to windows 10 . Right now I am making an image of the SSD as back up in case the upgrade goes sour. I am a bit leary of the upgrade process because the last time I tried on his computer , I had to stop when windows gave me a warning that the Mobile Intel 4 series Express chipset is not supported and that the display may not be clear . However I have had a discussions of this in the HP support forum, and several participants there told me that they did not have problems upgrading from Win 7 to Win10 even on an older laptop than the one I am trying to upgrade. If Windows load up their default widows graphics drivers and it not working properly , then I use a Windows 7 driver instead.

    What do you guys think?
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       #12

    Going back to old question, what Do I mean restore recovery. Assuming you did the fill Image your backup would have the recovery partition.

    You could then resize C; leaving room for the recovery. Then fire up Macrium and restore just the recovery partition, a single partition, to that space.

    Glad you have it working. Not sure what happened with first clone, it was just a mess.

    So as to Windows 10. If you have space make a Macrium of your "New" 7 on the SDD so you can always go back. Then proceed.

    Now do not put 1809 on. It's early and I'm just catching up but the issue where data is lost seems to be gaining steam. Think I saw where it was pulled. Treat this a noise as I haven't had time to catch up but I'm hearing things and your friend does not need to see a messed up Win 10. 1803 is stable.

    Assume you have boot media, run setup from it.


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  3. Posts : 326
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    As for recovery , I still have the old HDD I removed from the Laptop. That has the recovery. So I use Windows to shrink the C drive by appropriate amount , then use macrium to copy the recovery partition into that unused space? If I elect to insert the Recovery I assume I need to do before upgrading to windows 10? Would Windows 10 make its won recovery partition during the upgrade procedure ?

    Yes I have made boot media with windows 10. so I can just insert the usb then click on setup.exe? This way when window reboot sometime during setup , it wont boot from usb and rerun setup again . LOL ! I was confused the first time I used this usb in another computer ( clean install ) each time it rebooted to usb . I ran the install 3 times before I realize I have to unplug the usb ! BTW how do I know which version of Windows 10 I have on USB ? I thought windows loads all the updates during installation . Would that result in ver 1809 no matter where I start? Is there option to only install stable version 1803? Tks
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  4. Posts : 326
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       #14

    I located the info but the result is so cryptic . Version is 10.0.17134 Is this some version of 1803?

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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #15

    @sportflyer,

    I doubt that copying the recovery partition over to the SSD would do any good at all. In order for a recovery partition to work, all the links to that recovery partition must be pointing to it. In all likelihood, the links to use the recovery partition would be broken and it would be a largely useless waste of space on the SSD. We should see a screenshot of disk management for the SSD now:
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of | Windows 10 Tutorials

    What would be best to see on the SSD, IMHO, would be a system partition that the computer boots from, and a boot partition that contains the OS, and nothing else. In your screenshot in post #14, the build of Windows 10 shown is 17134.112 which is the last ISO file available from MS for version 1803.
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  6. Posts : 326
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       #16

    I will leave out the Recovery Partition since I have an image of the laptop with the SSD in with Windows 7 home edition. Only 2 partitions on it. System and C drive which contains the OS +programs and data.

    Here is the disk partitions with new ssd .

    Laptop wont boot after migrating os form HDD to SSD-diskmgmt.jpg

    This is imaged so I can return to it if Windows 10 upgrade is not good .

    Tks to everyone for their inputs.
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #17

    sportflyer said:
    I will leave out the Recovery Partition since I have an image of the laptop with the SSD in with Windows 7 home edition. Only 2 partitions on it. System and C drive which contains the OS +programs and data.

    Here is the disk partitions with new ssd .

    Laptop wont boot after migrating os form HDD to SSD-diskmgmt.jpg

    This is imaged so I can return to it if Windows 10 upgrade is not good .

    Tks to everyone for their inputs.
    That looks perfect. Good size system partition, lots of free space on both partitions. You should not have any problems with the upgrade to Windows 10 due to the drive layout. You will probably end up with a Windows 10 recovery partition after the upgrade, more than likely at the end of the drive, after the C: drive partition.
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  8. Posts : 326
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       #18

    Final questions before I proceed with upgrade.
    The Windows Product key from the label at the back of the laptop is not the same Key I get when I used Showkey .
    In case windows asks which one should I use?
    Will window automatically find the original key even if Legacy Bios?
    Should I enter they key during the update or click on have key and enter later?
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  9. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #19

    As long as your current Windows 7 is fully licensed, if the upgrade to Windows 10 is asking for a product key then you are trying to upgrade to the wrong edition of Windows 10. You can tell if the Windows 7 is licensed by opening a command prompt as administrator and running:
    slmgr /dlv

    The reason the product key on the label is different than the product key shown by Showkey Plus is because the installed product key is likely from the factory installed Windows 7, which uses a matching system with a marker (not a product key) stored in BIOS. That type of product key can only be used to re-install the factory image of Windows 7 onto the make/model computer it was created for. The product key on the COA label is an OEM Windows 7 product key which you could use to install a generic Windows 7, not specific to that make/model computer, so long as the edition matched the product key (and the edition should be printed on the COA label) such as Home, Home Premium, Pro.

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  10. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       #20

    It appears 1809 has been suspended. If you use the MCT tool you will get 1803.

    If your USB was created from MCT and you have a windows 10 machine you can issue this command to find the version on the USB thumbdrive. In the case below my USB thumbdrive was called drive E:

    dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:E:\sources\Boot.wim /index:1


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