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    Boot from SSD after Windows 8 Install

    Hello,

    I had a HD that was dying, so I bought an SSD. For a while I had both the SSD and HD and booted from my HD in windows 7. I then installed windows 8 on my SSD. This worked well as I copied files from my HD to my SSD. Now,I no longer need the HD but when I remove it, my computer thinks there areno bootable drives! When I installed Windows 8 on my SSD, did it not makeit bootable? How do I tell it that I want to boot from my SSD with Windows 8 instead? I hope I dont have to reinstall windows 8!

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    Re: Boot from SSD after Windows 8 Install

    On Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:43:12 -0700 (PDT), dinhxphong@gmail.com wrote:

    >Hello,
    >
    >I had

    a HD that was dying, so I bought an SSD. For a while I had both the
    SSD and HD and booted from my HD in windows 7. I then installed
    windows 8 on my SSD. This worked well as I copied files from my HD
    to my SSD. Now, I no longer need the HD but when I remove it, my
    computer thinks there are no bootable drives! When I installed
    Windows 8 on my SSD, did it not make it bootable? How do I tell it
    that I want to boot from my SSD with Windows 8 instead? I hope I dont
    have to reinstall windows 8!

    -
    Yeah, they're weird. Looking at them and now they're selling some of
    them for Win7 compatible (not XP), probably cheaper, too. My Samsung
    SSD I also noticed is higher rated than I'd thought, but I played hell
    getting a boot arbitrator linked to a MBR on it for multiple OS
    potentials.

    Got lucky, last night, when my 200G acted up didn't show in the BIOS
    screen. Intermittent, but workable when working;- I transferred
    everything to another 200G and it's doing OK. Case fan in the front
    stopped and died and heat exhaustion may have got it. For the prices
    on SSD presently, I wouldn't give more than half them more than half
    the money they're asking. Take the money and buy a 2T platter or a
    little more for MB, CPU, MEM for that.

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    Ext User(Paul) Guest

    Re: Boot from SSD after Windows 8 Install

    dinhxphong@gmail.com wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I had a HD that was dying, so I bought an SSD. For a while I had both the SSD and HD and booted from my HD in windows 7. I then installed windows 8 on my SSD. This worked well as I copied files from my HD to my SSD. Now, I no longer need the HD but when I remove it, my computer thinks there are no bootable drives! When I installed Windows 8 on my SSD, did it not make it bootable? How do I tell it that I want to boot from my SSD with Windows 8 instead? I hope I dont have to reinstall windows 8!


    Look in Disk Management. It contains notations
    for "System" and "Boot". The modern systems use BCD
    instead of boot.ini. And one BCD can be used to store
    boot management info for more than one OS. It probably
    means the boot flag points to the partition holding
    that stuff, and that is what starts the bootstrapping
    process.

    Personally, I would not start doing "dual boot" configs
    on a computer, without doing the research first on
    how to "unhook" them later.

    One way to stop that mess from happening is:

    When installing an OS, only have the target disk
    connected. Don't leave the other OS disk connected
    where the installer can "see" it, as the installer
    will want to mess around.

    With only a single disk connected, the OS installer
    has no choice to put both System and Boot on the
    same device. Then, using the BIOS disk selection,
    select the disk you want to boot from. That keeps
    them independent.

    (I have three OS disks here, each can be unplugged
    without any dramatics. And the BIOS boot option,
    allows me to select one of the three drives. OSes
    include Win2K, WinXP, Win8.

    This page is *not* a recipe for you. But it will
    help familiarize you with the bits and pieces involved
    in your two disk mess. Perhaps from this, you can figure
    out which disk has "boot" on it, and how to move the "boot"
    to where you actually want it. If I try to figure it
    out here, I'll only get a migraine :-)

    "How to Remove the Windows "System Reserved" Partition"
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=409

    Paul



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    Ext User(peter) Guest

    Re: Boot from SSD after Windows 8 Install

    wrote in message
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    Hello,

    I had a HD that was dying, so I bought an SSD. For a while I had both the
    SSD and HD and booted from my HD in windows 7. I then installed windows 8
    on my SSD. This worked well as I copied files from my HD to my SSD. Now,
    I no longer need the HD but when I remove it, my computer thinks there are
    no bootable drives! When I installed Windows 8 on my SSD, did it not make
    it bootable? How do I tell it that I want to boot from my SSD with Windows
    8 instead? I hope I dont have to reinstall windows 8!

    Here is a website that details the start up repair procedure using your W8
    disc
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...matic-repair-/

    peter

    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving
    safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in
    sideways, chocolate in one hand, and wine in the other, body thoroughly used
    up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"


  5. #5
    Ext User() Guest

    Re: Boot from SSD after Windows 8 Install

    Thanks for the help. I'm not sure I want to mess with DiskManagement and the BCD. I'll just unhook the HD and install windows again.

    Thanks again.






    On Monday, September 23, 2013 2:30:07 PM UTC-7, Paul wrote:
    > dinhxphong@gmail.com wrote:
    >
    > > Hello,

    >
    > >

    >
    > > I had a HD that was dying, so I bought an SSD. For a while I had both the SSD and HD and booted from my HD in windows 7. I then installed windows 8 on my SSD. This worked well as I copied files from my HD to my SSD. Now, I no longer need the HD but when I remove it, my computer thinks thereare no bootable drives! When I installed Windows 8 on my SSD, did it not make it bootable? How do I tell it that I want to boot from my SSD with Windows 8 instead? I hope I dont have to reinstall windows 8!

    >
    >
    >
    > Look in Disk Management. It contains notations
    >
    > for "System" and "Boot". The modern systems use BCD
    >
    > instead of boot.ini. And one BCD can be used to store
    >
    > boot management info for more than one OS. It probably
    >
    > means the boot flag points to the partition holding
    >
    > that stuff, and that is what starts the bootstrapping
    >
    > process.
    >
    >
    >
    > Personally, I would not start doing "dual boot" configs
    >
    > on a computer, without doing the research first on
    >
    > how to "unhook" them later.
    >
    >
    >
    > One way to stop that mess from happening is:
    >
    >
    >
    > When installing an OS, only have the target disk
    >
    > connected. Don't leave the other OS disk connected
    >
    > where the installer can "see" it, as the installer
    >
    > will want to mess around.
    >
    >
    >
    > With only a single disk connected, the OS installer
    >
    > has no choice to put both System and Boot on the
    >
    > same device. Then, using the BIOS disk selection,
    >
    > select the disk you want to boot from. That keeps
    >
    > them independent.
    >
    >
    >
    > (I have three OS disks here, each can be unplugged
    >
    > without any dramatics. And the BIOS boot option,
    >
    > allows me to select one of the three drives. OSes
    >
    > include Win2K, WinXP, Win8.
    >
    >
    >
    > This page is *not* a recipe for you. But it will
    >
    > help familiarize you with the bits and pieces involved
    >
    > in your two disk mess. Perhaps from this, you can figure
    >
    > out which disk has "boot" on it, and how to move the "boot"
    >
    > to where you actually want it. If I try to figure it
    >
    > out here, I'll only get a migraine :-)
    >
    >
    >
    > "How to Remove the Windows "System Reserved" Partition"
    >
    > http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=409
    >
    >
    >
    > Paul



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