Booting Issue

I have a computer with 2 drives. It originally had a standard 5600RPM hard drive. A SSD was installed and a fresh copy of windows was installed on top of the SSD.

At this point - I am booting to the new SSD and everything is running fine. I went to take out the old hard drive from the computer and when I did the computer would no longer boot. I connected the old hard drive back in and used the boot menu to select the new SSD. Still nothing boots. I tried selecting the old 5600RPM drive and the computer booted to the "new system" (i.e. my C drive is the SSD and my D drive is the old drive).

I cannot figure out why it is essentially booting the SSD as the main C drive but I am having to select the old drive in the boot menu.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
You are missing the boot loader on SSD, or the BIOS is unable to boot from SSD (unlikely).
Switch your boot options to boot from SSD, remove the harddisk, and boot from Windows CD into Recovery Console. Then you should be able to issue fixboot and fixmbr.
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
So you want me to remove the old hard drive and then boot into the Recovery Console from the main Windows 7 disc?

Is it an automated process to issue a fixboot and fixmbr once I boot into the recovery drive?
Ashok DewanFreelancerCommented:
No, just boot from Windows installation  DVD. AT first stage it will try to repair itself. If no success then you have to execute above commands. It will work.

Follow this link. it's easy
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Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
Thanks! I will do that this afternoon and report back.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can copy the content of MSR partition from HDD drive to C drive on SSD. Then set C drive on SSD as active in Windows Disk Management. Then remove the old HDD drive and boot the PC from Windows DVD. Go to Repair and perform repair.
Currently your Boot Manager is on HDD in MSR partition. And the Windows directory is on SSD. This is the problem.

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i always only connect the OS drive when installing a new OS - to avoid such problems
you can also boot from the paragon rescue kit, and use the boot corrector (after removing the 2nd drive)
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
I attempted to repair from the Windows 7 Install disc but it does not see my SSD to "repair" it. I am not sure what drivers I need to have (looked at samsungs website and only found .exe installers, not drivers).

I am going to try the Paragon to see if it still fails to see my SSD.
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:

I Connected the old drive and the new drive at the same time. Now I can see both windows 7 installations.

I choose the SSD installation and choose the automatic repair. It did not find any issues. I rebooted and it would not boot into windows.

I went back in and tried both command prompts (with restarts in between) - neither did the trick.

I then tried the paragon option - I "repaired" all the boot options that paragon allowed (all saying successful) - once again, the SSD will not boot without the other drive connected.

Not sure where to go from here...
never connect both drives if not needed
 - only  is needed for booting
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
If I only have the SSD connected then the Win 7 DVD does not see that hard drive in order to "repair" it.

The only way the Win 7 DVD sees the SSD is when I connect the old HD as well. Then it shows both Win 7 options to "repair" and when I select the SSD and hit "repair startup" it checks and reports "no problems".

How can I get the Win 7 DVD to see the SSD if I do not connect the old HD?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Did you do what I recommended in my last post?
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
Don't know where/what the MSR partition is...

I have a recovery partition on the old HD but I have no idea how to copy that information (as I only see it exists in the Disk Management Console)
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Well, if you don't know it then ask simply. Microsoft Reserved Partition is a small 100MB partition usually in front of C drive.
Once you are in Windows go to Windows disk management and take a screen shot of it. Post it here. I will tell you then where your boot data is.
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
Noxcho - Yes, there is a 100MB partition in front of the "old HD" and only the main partition on the "new SSD"

I do not know how to move this 100MB file to the new SSD. Can you assist with that?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, this is what I am trying to do.
In Windows Disk Management when you right click on that MSR partition, do you have there an option - assign drive letter?
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
Yes, I believe so. I am home for the night. I can verify in the AM.

But let's assume I can assign it a drive letter, what letter should I assign it?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Any available letter. The. Go to this partition and copy out from it the file BootMGR plus a folder Boot.
Put these files to C drive on SSD.
Then right clck on C and select "make active".
After that turn off the PC and disconnect the old HDD.
Boot to SSD. If you connect the SSD to the same cable where the HDD is currently connected then it must boot from SSD completely.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you dont see these files on MSR drive then enable in Folder Options - show protected and system files.
Nicholas_BlueStarAuthor Commented:
Awesome! I will try in the AM and give you an update. Thanks for all the help!
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you have questions dont hesitate to ask.
you could also copy that partition to the SSD
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The solution is given in ID: http:#a40777409. Once the files from MSR partition located on HDD  are copied to C drive on SSD and the C: drive is set active - the system will boot from this drive directly.
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