Windows 10: Previous dual-boot: deleted old Win8, now Win10 won't boot Solved

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  1.    27 May 2016 #11

    The standard boot disk created by Macrium Reflect will have the fix boot utility.
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       27 May 2016 #12

    OK, great. With some help, I'm into Macrium!

    Did not get so far, unfortunately. Apparently, I don't have any active partitions.

    Restore Tasks -> "Fix Windows boot problems"

    It found my Windows 10 installation on C! That was a good sign. But, on the next screen, it wants me to select an active partition ("loaded from the Master Boot Record. This can be any 'Primary' partition on the boot disk on your PC.") and there are none available. Nada, nothing listed, waited 2 minutes, nothing showed up. I tried, on a whim, to just click next, but Macrium then says "! No active partition".

    In Diskpart, I remember, you can set partitions as active. I want the Windows (465GB sized) partition active, right, not the 16 MB System partition, right?
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       27 May 2016 #13

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    EDIT:

    Update. I tried Diskpart's set as "active partition" method, but I got an error:

    Code:
    DISKPART> list disk
    
      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          465 GB      0 B        *
      Disk 1    Online          119 GB      0 B
    
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list partition
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    Reserved            16 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Primary            465 GB    17 MB
    
    DISKPART> select partition 2
    
    Partition 2 is now the selected partition.
    
    DISKPART> active
    
    The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk.
    The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks.
    
    DISKPART>
    The 119GB is not another hard drive; it's actually the USB flash drive that I'm using. So, the only Windows 10 installation is on that 500GB hard drive (which is showing up as 465GB).

    EDIT2: Well, I have discovered that GPT drives don't use 'active' partitions, only MBR drives do. I'm unsure why Macrium requested one, as it correctly identified it as a Win10 installation, but maybe Win10 can be installed as an MBR sometimes.

    So, I heard some people in Kyhi's thread being suggested to try EasyBCD. Unfortunately, that isn't working, either:

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       27 May 2016 #14

    Okay, is the Macrium backup function working in the PESE environment? (I've never tried it - only restore.) If so, you could try this: Make an image of the C partition of the 500GB drive on to your old 250GB drive. The image will be compressed so it should be roughly 60% in size. Then, clean install your 500GB drive with W10. Boot back into the PESE environment, and drag the C image from the 250GB drive over to the C partition on the 500GB drive.
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       27 May 2016 #15

    simrick said: View Post
    Okay, is the Macrium backup function working in the PESE environment? (I've never tried it - only restore.) If so, you could try this: Make an image of the C partition of the 500GB drive on to your old 250GB drive. The image will be compressed so it should be roughly 60% in size. Then, clean install your 500GB drive with W10. Boot back into the PESE environment, and drag the C image from the 250GB drive over to the C partition on the 500GB drive.
    Ohhh, OK. Yes, it looks like Macrium is working fine. That sounds like it's definitely possible. And, it'll finally get Windows 10 to make those darned partitions.

    Let me grab that other drive.
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       27 May 2016 #16

    ikjadoon said: View Post
    Ohhh, OK. Yes, it looks like Macrium is working fine. That sounds like it's definitely possible. And, it'll finally get Windows 10 to make those darned partitions.

    Let me grab that other drive.
    Yep. Let us know how it goes.
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       27 May 2016 #17

    simrick said: View Post
    Yep. Let us know how it goes.
    Definitely! About 40% done on the C:/ image--luckily, it only had ~270GB on it, anyways, so with compression, it'll surely fit onto the 250GB drive. If not, I can up the compression in Macrium. While it was working, I've made the next steps. Let me know if I'm making any mistakes here. I do the secure erases just so that I always start with raw, unallocated, zeroed out SSDs so Windows installation can alignment everything properly. But--to be safe--I'll make sure I disconnect any drives that *aren't* getting erased. That would be sad, after all this work, haha.

    And I enabled image verification on the Macrium backup, too.

    Code:
    Image C: partition to 250GB SSD
    
    Secure Erase 500GB SSD
    
    Disconnect 250GB SSD (the missing step!)
    
    Boot Win10 installation tool and install to 500GB SSD (confirm all 4 partitions are made successfully)
    
    Shut down, reconnect 250GB SSD, boot into Macrium
    
    Copy C image from 250GB onto C partition on 500GB
    
    Shut down, disconnect 250GB SSD
    
    Boot into Win10 on 500GB
    
    If all is good, re-connect 250GB for Secure Erasure and we're finally were we want!
    8:04pm = Macrium image created and verified. Barely made it! 212GB in a 232GB SSD, haha. It looks good (a single file) so I'm going to take the plunge and wipe the 500GB SSD clean.

    8:24pm = 500GB successfully secure erased. 250GB (with C: backup) disconnected. Booting with Win10 tool and installing.

    8:35pm = 500GB drive successfully showed up as unallocated space. Only drive present during the install, as expected. Currently at "Getting files ready for installation (75%)"

    8:43pm = Booted into Windows 10 clean install on the 500GB. Shutting down, re-connecting 250GB drive, and booting into Macrium.
    Last edited by ikjadoon; 27 May 2016 at 19:42.
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       27 May 2016 #18

    ikjadoon said: View Post
    Definitely! About 40% done on the C:/ image--luckily, it only had ~270GB on it, anyways, so with compression, it'll surely fit onto the 250GB drive. If not, I can up the compression in Macrium. While it was working, I've made the next steps. Let me know if I'm making any mistakes here. I do the secure erases just so that I always start with raw, unallocated, zeroed out SSDs so Windows installation can alignment everything properly. But--to be safe--I'll make sure I disconnect any drives that *aren't* getting erased. That would be sad, after all this work, haha.

    And I enabled image verification on the Macrium backup, too.

    Code:
    Image C: partition to 250GB SSD
    
    Secure Erase 500GB SSD
    
    Disconnect 250GB SSD (the missing step!)
    
    Boot Win10 installation tool and install to 500GB SSD (confirm all 4 partitions are made successfully)
    
    Shut down, reconnect 250GB SSD, boot into Macrium
    
    Copy C image from 250GB onto C partition on 500GB
    
    Shut down, disconnect 250GB SSD
    
    Boot into Win10 on 500GB
    
    If all is good, re-connect 250GB for Secure Erasure and we're finally were we want!
    8:04pm = Macrium image created and verified. Barely made it! 212GB in a 232GB SSD, haha. It looks good (a single file) so I'm going to take the plunge and wipe the 500GB SSD clean.

    8:24pm = 500GB successfully secure erased. 250GB (with C: backup) disconnected. Booting with Win10 tool and installing.

    Yes, everything looks good. Image verification is a must - glad you did that.

    p.s. on my clean install with UEFI+Secure Boot (GPT), I have only 3 partitions.
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       27 May 2016 #19

    simrick said: View Post
    Yes, everything looks good. Image verification is a must - glad you did that.

    p.s. on my clean install with UEFI+Secure Boot (GPT), I have only 3 partitions.
    Yup, totally! Just in case, hehe. Thanks for double-checking, too. It makes sense in my head, but I just want to be sure.

    OK, yes, I've seen 3 partitions only, too, on clean installs. I just booted into Macrium now after reconnecting the 250GB drive and there were actually 4: Recovery, System, MSR, and Primary. Hopefully, it should be OK, too, haha. I'll post a screenshot after Macrium finishes copying the image.
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       27 May 2016 #20

    ikjadoon said: View Post
    Yup, totally! Just in case, hehe. Thanks for double-checking, too. It makes sense in my head, but I just want to be sure.

    OK, yes, I've seen 3 partitions only, too, on clean installs. I just booted into Macrium now after reconnecting the 250GB drive and there were actually 4: Recovery, System, MSR, and Primary. Hopefully, it should be OK, too, haha. I'll post a screenshot after Macrium finishes copying the image.
    Sounds good.
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