Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"

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  1. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
       #1

    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"


    Using Macrium Reflect, I cloned my system SSD to a larger SSD, but the new SSD won't boot. (error 0xc000000e; this is obviously after powering down and disconnecting the old SSD.)
    • This is on an old PC using BIOS booting and MBR disks.
    • I created a Windows 10 installation DVD, tried its Startup Repair, no go.
    • I then tried the following repair commands: (X: is the DVD drive; D: is the OS partition.)

    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-img_20191002_163314.jpg
    What do you do when the standard boot-fixing online recipes won't work? What's my next step?

    P.S. It's odd that the SSD's OS partition is being assigned the letter D. Should be C, no?
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  2. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #2

    Diskpart
    list disk
    list partition
    list volume

    +++ Find your System Partition # (I assume 1) and your OS Partition (shown as D:\)

    Select partition 1
    Assign letter S
    active
    exit
    bcdboot D:\Windows /s S: /f Bios
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  3. Posts : 24,562
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    Blaq said:
    Using Macrium Reflect, I cloned my system SSD to a larger SSD, but the new SSD won't boot ... What do you do when the standard boot-fixing online recipes won't work? What's my next step?
    Boot from the Macrium restore usb. Select 'Fix Windows boot problems' from the menu on the left.

    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-mr-boot-2.jpg
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  4. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    @Bree: Reflect didn't help.

    @Kyhi: here's the diskpart info:
    Attachment 249791
    After selecting disk 1:
    Attachment 249792Attachment 249793
    Disk 1 partition 2 is my new, larger OS partition. At this point, I'm unsure of the bcdboot command: if I reassign the volume labelled "OS" from C: to S:, won't there be no more D:\Windows to access?
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  5. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #5

    See post 3
    it's your best bet...
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  6. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Reflect's "Fix Windows boot problems" didn't help.

    I would love to try your method, but need confirmation of the actual bcdboot command. My new SSD is disk #1; the boot partition is partition #2 (452 GB), also shown as volume 2 (D:). Given that info, should I still run
    Code:
    bcdboot D:\Windows /s S: /f Bios
    ?
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  7. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #7

    Given that info, should I still run
    No

    Diskpart
    list volume
    list disk
    select disk 1
    list partition

    Post a Pic....
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  8. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    As posted above (images inline, this time):

    List volume
    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-img_20191002_171502.jpg

    List disk
    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-img_20191002_171448.jpg

    Select disk 1
    List partition
    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-img_20191002_171453.jpg
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  9. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #9

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select partition 1
    format quick fs=ntfs label="System"
    assign letter="S"
    set id=17
    active
    exit
    bcdboot D:\Windows /s S: bios

    If it boots and displays "System" in file explorer as a partition you can set ID to hide without format or assign letter commands

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select partition 1
    set id=17

    Also Note:
    the System partition is usually 100MB - yet yours is just 39MB
    you also have a 12GB recovery partition (F:\) - which is not usual in windows 10 - but common to win8
    and the 883 partition (G:\) is the windows 10 WinRE partition
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  10. Posts : 35
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Hi Kyhi,

    Thanks for your reply. I have questions about your proposed solution; first, let's have a look at my PC's existing partitions to ensure we're on the same page.

    Bootrec /fixboot → "Element not found"-toto_7.png

    • In Windows Disk Management, Disk 2 (223.57 GB) is my existing SSD; Disk 3 (465.76 GB) is the new SSD. To avoid confusion with diskpart's different disk numbers, let's call them "old SSD" and "new SSD".
    • Both SSDs are currently plugged in (my BIOS is currently set to boot from the old SSD), but when I took the previous diskpart screenshots, only the new SSD was plugged in.
    • My old PC was originally a Windows 7 machine and, as mentioned, uses BIOS/MBR. (It's a DELL, which may explain the 39 MB partition which you expect to normally be 100 MB.) It's now running Windows 10.
    • The screenshot is cropped to ignore WIFI SD (F:) and the DVD (R:).
    • My old SSD's system partition was "Recovery", the 12 GB one.
    • My old SSD's boot partition was "OS", the 210 GB one (enlarged to 452 GB on the new SSD).


    Questions:
    • The 39 MB partition is the DELL OEM System Restore partition and I'm uncomfortable overwriting it. Is it OK if I redo the disk clone and create a new, small partition specifically meant to be the system partition? What size should I make the new partition?
    • You're changing the system partition away from the 12 GB partition. This is correct, yes?
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