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New Win 7 SSD refuses to boot without old system drive plugged in, please help

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September 3, 2013 4:50:42 AM

I purchased a new SSD and installed Windows 7 on it while being on my old system drive since I do not have a functional DVD drive. I kept my old system drive plugged in to be able to cross reference which programs and tools I wanted to re-install. When I felt satisfied I disconnected my old system drive and plugged in another storage drive.

What happens? My SSD refuses to boot. It complains that BOOTMGR is missing. But I have been using that specific Windows 7 and installing programs all day long! After a lot of testing I have realized that the only way my SSD will actually boot is if I have my old system drive plugged in and put it as boot order 1 and my new SSD system drive as boot order 2. I then get the option to choose which Windows 7 instance I wish to load and can thus get into my SSD just fine.

However, I do not want to have my old system drive connected! I need that cable slot for another drive.

What do I do?
September 3, 2013 4:58:36 AM

follow this: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/boot...

It should work as you say , but i have had the same issue before and i had to repair with the windows install cd.

You can make a bootable USB windows image and repair windows from that one,i would suggest you to buy a 20 dollars DVD writer and make your life simpler :) 

Good luck
September 3, 2013 5:06:27 AM

cobellig said:
follow this: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/boot...

It should work as you say , but i have had the same issue before and i had to repair with the windows install cd.

You can make a bootable USB windows image and repair windows from that one,i would suggest you to buy a 20 dollars DVD writer and make your life simpler :) 

Good luck


Can I use the same install file I used to begin with and repair from another drive, just like how I installed it?
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September 3, 2013 5:12:10 AM

When installing windows, you should only have one drive connected, the drive you want to install windows onto. This forces windows to put the OS and boot loader/manager onto the same drive otherwise it will put the boot loader onto a seperate drive. Once windows is installed, attach all remaining drives. You may be able to fix it with a repair install with only the SSD attached, otherwise you will need to do a clean install all over again, but with only the SSD attached.
September 3, 2013 5:15:17 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
When installing windows, you should only have one drive connected, the drive you want to install windows onto. This forces windows to put the OS and boot loader/manager onto the same drive otherwise it will put the boot loader onto a seperate drive. Once windows is installed, attach all remaining drives. You may be able to fix it with a repair install with only the SSD attached, otherwise you will need to do a clean install all over again, but with only the SSD attached.


Happy happy joy joy...

Thanks for the information, seems like I should just buy a damn DVD drive. I've had the worst track record with them though, they all break.

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September 3, 2013 5:20:06 AM
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Your harddrive already has a BOOTMGR, so when you installed Windows onto the SSD the installer just continued to use the existing BOOTMGR. What you've done is set up dual booting (Google it). When you removed the harddrive you also removed the only copy of BOOTMGR and so Windows fails to boot.

My suggestion:

Disconnect your harddrive from your PC

get an 8Gb (or bigger) memory stick

Use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to turn it into a Windows 7 bootable stick http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/

Boot from the USB stick.

Format the SSD and install Windows 7 onto it.

Once installed then reconnect your harddrive.

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