Windows 10: How to boot from newly installed SSD Solved


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 home
       12 Nov 2015 #1

    How to boot from newly installed SSD


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    Hi,
    Novice question:
    I just installed a new SSD (disk 1) on my laptop and used Samsung's tool to clone my OS drive (C: on disk 2) onto it.
    This was done with no error, however I cannot boot from the new SSD in bios, as this hangs up the computer.

    I assume this has to do with C: still being the boot and active partition, and the system partition (also active) being on Disk 0 (HDD).

    I attached my disk management screenshot for reference.

    Could someone please explain to a novice like me how to make my new SSD (disk 1) the boot drive? For info, I do not have a windows OS CD but already created a windows 10 repair disk.

    Thanks and appologies if this has already been answered in another thread (could not find specific answer to my situation)
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  2. Posts : 2,236
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       12 Nov 2015 #2

    If you want to keep both disks in the computer, you must enter BIOS and go to BOOT section. Then in hard disk priority, make the new SSD first on the list, so it has higher priority than the older disk. If you still cannot boot, you may have to repair startup using Windows 10 DVD or troubleshooting options (you'll see them after 2-3 failed startups).
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 home
    Thread Starter
       12 Nov 2015 #3

    spapakons said: View Post
    If you want to keep both disks in the computer, you must enter BIOS and go to BOOT section. Then in hard disk priority, make the new SSD first on the list, so it has higher priority than the older disk. If you still cannot boot, you may have to repair startup using Windows 10 DVD or troubleshooting options (you'll see them after 2-3 failed startups).
    Thanks, but I do not have a Windows 10 DVD (free upgrade from OEM windows 8, for which I do not have a DVD either) and unfortunately my computer fails to start if I put the new SSD as first priority in the hard disk priority.

    Do you have any other suggestion?
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  4.    12 Nov 2015 #4

    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to shrink the OS partition on the SSD by 350mb. Copy the 350mb partition from Disk 0 to the SSD - that is the partition that contains your boot files. Use Partition Wizard to assign a drive letter to the new 350mb partition on the SSD.

    In File Explorer make sure to set it to show hidden files and folders.

    Use EasyBCD - make sure to point it to the BCD store on the NEW SSD boot partition - it will default to the system BCD still active on Drive 0. Add a new entry to point to the system OS on the SSD. Remove the entry pointing to the old OS partition. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard to set the new SSD 350mb partition on the SSD as active.
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  5. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 home
    Thread Starter
       12 Nov 2015 #5

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Use EasyBCD - make sure to point it to the BCD store on the NEW SSD boot partition - it will default to the system BCD still active on Drive 0. Add a new entry to point to the system OS on the SSD. Remove the entry pointing to the old OS partition. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard to set the new SSD 350mb partition on the SSD as active.
    Thanks,

    I am not familiar with EasyBCD and don't know how to point it to the BCD store on the new SSD boot partition.
    Also, in case something goes wrong, I would rather be able to have 2 boot options, the old one (current settings) and the new one booting from the new SSD. Would the change above lock or corrupt the "old" boot leaving me at risk of not being able to boot at all?

    Thanks again,
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    12 Nov 2015 #6

    Here's the documentation for EasyBCD:
    Editing a BCD on a different disk

    Once you get the BCD store on the new boot partition on the SSD set up, then you will select it to boot from in bios. If it doesn't work, all you have to do is go back to setting the original disk, Disk 0 as the boot drive in bios. After it is all working, you can delete the drive letter from the new boot partition (it's only needed in order to edit the BCD store). You can also delete the boot partition on Disk 0 and add that free space to the data partition, if you want to.
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  7. Posts : 2,236
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       12 Nov 2015 #7

    Deleting the boot partition from the other disk and extending the data partition, will have to move all data to the start of the disk and will take much time. I don't think it's worth it for 500ΜΒ or less.
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  8.    12 Nov 2015 #8

    spapakons said: View Post
    Deleting the boot partition from the other disk and extending the data partition, will have to move all data to the start of the disk and will take much time. I don't think it's worth it for 500ΜΒ or less.
    Only 350mb of data will have to be moved. Take 5 minutes for the entire operation - at most.
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  9. Posts : 2,236
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       12 Nov 2015 #9

    Not sure about that, but if you have done it, you should know better.
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  10. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 home
    Thread Starter
       13 Nov 2015 #10

    Thanks to both, problem solved!!!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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