How to make an SSD the exclusive boot device?

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  1. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #41

    topgundcp said:
    @mike6623
    Are you familiar with Macrium ? can you create an image of the D: drive on disk 1 to an external drive ?
    First time I used it was today. What you said, how is that done in macrium? Once it is done, then what do I do? Thanks
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  2. Posts : 17,247
    Windows 11 Pro
       #42

    In the screen shot in your OP you show 400mb unused space at the beginning of the SSD. What I would try next is install MiniTool Partition Wizard and copy the 350mb system reserved partition to the 400mb unused space on the SSD. Then use MiniTool Partition Wizard to set the new partition that was copied as active.

    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
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  3. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #43

    I m am installing now and will let you know, also, after trying all of these things, the 400mb partition you mention now says "raw" instead of unallocated. Does that need to be back to unallocated? If so, how?
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  4. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #44

    NavyLCDR said:
    In the screen shot in your OP you show 400mb unused space at the beginning of the SSD. What I would try next is install MiniTool Partition Wizard and copy the 350mb system reserved partition to the 400mb unused space on the SSD. Then use MiniTool Partition Wizard to set the new partition that was copied as active.

    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
    I installed. I clicked the 350mb drive and clicked copy and a where to copy screen appeared. No matter which drive I choose, the next button never lights up, stays gray.
    How can I make the 400MB unallocated? It says it is 100% free, can I format it or that isn't good?
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  5. Posts : 17,247
    Windows 11 Pro
       #45

    mike6623 said:
    I installed. I clicked the 350mb drive and clicked copy and a where to copy screen appeared. No matter which drive I choose, the next button never lights up, stays gray.
    How can I make the 400MB unallocated? It says it is 100% free, can I format it or that isn't good?
    Did you create a partition in the 400mb empty space at the beginning of the SSD since your opening post? If so, you will want to delete the partition you created there to make the space unallocated again.

    How to use copy partition wizard of MiniTool Partition Wizard?

    or

    How to Copy Partition | MiniTool Partition Wizard Tutorial
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  6. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #46

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk 1
    list partition

    post a pic of diskpart cmd window

    because it appears you create a raw partition from the unallocated disk space
    which means it now needs to be formatted, before appling the boot files...

    BCDBoot is the utility to create the boot files on the system partition...

    to many suggestions, to many hands in pot...

    confusing results and poor feedback....
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  7. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #47

    or you could just remove the HDD and Clean Install windows 10 onto the SSD again
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  8. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #48

    or you could do

    From an Admin command prompt type> bcdboot D:\Windows

    this will add the windows 10 OS on the D drive into your current BCD Boot Menu

    and the cmd below will display the Dual-Boot menu option, upon reboot

    From an Admin command prompt type> bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu True

    Because the one thing we do not know is if even windows 10 is bootable.....
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  9. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #49

    to many suggestions, to many hands in pot...
    confusing results and poor feedback....
    @Kyhi
    Agreed. Too many cooks in the kitchen.
    He's already re-installed Windows 8 so the 350MB system reserved is strickly from Windows 8 containing Boot Manager and Recovery tools for Windows 8.

    What I'd have suggested is using Macrium to copy the 500MB System Reserved template for Windows 10:
    BootMBR_Only-00-00.zip - Google Drive
    Then copy the D: drive next to it, disconnect the HD. Use Macrium to fix boot problems then it should work.

    As proven from this thread. It was for GPT disk but should work the same for MBR disk except in this case, we would use the MBR template:
    Solved Old Recovery partition - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. Posts : 3,840
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #50

    Problem is, he is un-familiar with the Programs (Apps) mentioned..
    EasyBCD, Macrium...

    Do I enter everything in command line exactly as you have it typed?
    with Command Prompt (admin)
    he can copy and paste the commands..
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