New laptop + SSD disk for a swap install

I've got a brand new laptop + an extra SSD disk. I've installed the new laptop and taken the recommended 4 DVD recovery image/backup of the system after all updates are installed.

I installed a SSD disk in another laptop too - but then I had an original Win 7 Pro disk - and all was fine.

After I swap the disk on the new laptop and start the restore operation - all goes as it's supposed. DVD 1-4 - and life is easy. When I restart the laptop with the new SSD - It say Non boot disk etc. Disk is visible in BIOS and Boot sequence is HDD, CD, Network.

No CD's came with the laptop as usual today. This is a Home Premium something Win 7 pre install.

Best regards

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
SATA drivers are missing, so I'd probably install Win7 from the install disk and use the COA sticker for the codes
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
In BIOS change the drive MODE from AHCI to SATA or IDE compatible mode. Since then it should boot.
Then in Windows install necessary drivers.
Yes, change SATA operation in BIOS
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If you initially  install using AHCI then you might be able to use Enhanced or Compatible without much of a problem but it will fail everytime going the other way
IdiAlpine2Author Commented:
The solution was to download software for disk cloning and clone it to an external hard drive and make a startup recovery CD with same image software. then install/switch to the SSD disk and restore the first disk via recovery CD and external HDD image.


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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What software did you use?
Ditto   ......What software did you use?
Good to know.
IdiAlpine2Author Commented:
Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 fixed the problem.

Image to an external HDD, boot CD created from same excellent software company.
Insert new hard drive and boot from CD.
Get Image and rock on.

If you actually have a Win7 CD and don't have to care about OEM installed software - boot from Win7 and install - enjoy :)
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Ok, thanks for feedback.
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