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Cloned Windows 7 Help

jbdi6984jbdi6984 Registered User new member
So I just upgraded my solid state drive for Windows 7 for a gaming desktop. It originally used a 128gb ssd Samsung 840 and a 1tb hdd. Naturally, this booted Windows from the ssd. I bought a 250gb ssd Samsung 850 EVO from Amazon.com to alleviate a space issue on the previous drive. I ran the Samsung cloning software through a sata III to usb 3.0 adapter, then I simply unplugged the old one and swapped it for the new one.

This was where it got a bit confusing. This was my first time doing this sort of thing and I had only read about this process through the Internet. I powered up the computer to be brought to a Windows setup page. I wasn’t sure what I was looking at so I went through the steps and completed setup. There I was staring a blank desktop. I searched around on the drives and had all my files, but none of it was where I wanted all of it to be and none of preferences for anything had been set. Again, I wasn’t sure if this was normal, but I was willing to roll with it. After some further digging I found that my 1tb hdd had become the booting windows drive on my computer. The ssd was fully useable but it was not loading windows. Basically, my ssd was no longer my C: drive.

I looked around on the Internet and the windows 7 disk management process was mentioned. I tried setting the drive back to C: manually through disk management, but it kept saying something like invalid property. I assumed this meant that I could not change the booting drive/partition from this page. I later found an idea to try and change it from cmd (admin) disk management / select drive / select partition / set active. This did not stick either. By this point the 1tb hdd was trying to install windows updates on shut down. I figured I wouldn’t want to do a physical power down to make sure that the cmd changes went through. Still this did not fix the issue. Later, I read that using the Windows install cd for the repair option could fix the issue. I tried this and it worked perfectly!

However, now I get a message stating on startup to load two different windows partitions. One says “Windows” and the other says “Windows (Recovered)”. Recovered is the one that works, but if I push nothing “Windows” is the first one selected and not the windows partition I want booting up. My question is: Do I just need to set the other drive as inactive through disk management to get rid of this option? Is it really this simple? Nothing else about this process has been so far. Also, is it safe to delete or format the 100mb system partition that was created by mistake with the windows setup on the hdd since I don’t plan to boot from this install/partition of windows again? This is my first time posting, but I was just checking to see if the resident Windows experts could assist.

Thanks in advance!

-Sean

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    did you actually clone the boot sector to the ssd?
    did you change the boot order in the bios?

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    jbdi6984jbdi6984 Registered User new member
    mts wrote: »
    did you actually clone the boot sector to the ssd?
    did you change the boot order in the bios?

    Yes, actually. I was able to boot off of the ssd now. In fact I am using it now as I type this.

    I found that changing the boot order in BIOS did not help at all, so I reverted all settings back to what it was.

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