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November 17, 2013 7:49:01 AM

I am struggling to understand (and accomplish) how to go about cloning Windows 8 onto my new Samsung 500G Evo SSD.

I tried once already and everything got mucked up and I couldn't get back to Windows 8, until I changed the disk boot order to the CD drive. When I tried to boot with the Win 8 disk, I STILL could not get it to boot up.

So, I put in my Win 7 disk and that booted up and I was able to do a repair from that. Once that was done, Win 8 booted up.

What I am trying to accomplish is have the OS on the SSD and still have my 1TB WD HDD active and available to use. The first time I used the Samsung Migration software and rebooted, every time I would click on a folder in Explorer, the screen would flash and default back to the Desktop....Making everything pretty much useless.:) 

My computer specs are:
ASUS M4A785-M
CPU AMD Phenom II 9650
8 Mb of RAM
OS is on a WD 1Tb HDD 7200rpm
WD auxilary drives 1.5Tb; 1TB

The disk layout on the MB is:

Disk 0: Samsung SSD
Disk 1: WD 1.5 Tb for music files
Disk 2: WD 1.0 Tb for back up and recovery
Disk 3: WD 1.0 Tb for the O/S (C; drive)

In order to accommodate the new SSD, I installed a "Your Best Connectivity" SATA PCI express card and connected the C: HDD (Disk 3) to it.

I have removed (merged) the boot partition that was created on the SSD drive.

Any help on getting this done will be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks In Advance

Bill Shideler

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November 17, 2013 9:50:02 AM

First of all I failed to understand the need of SATA PCI express card ! Is your case too small to fit all the drives ?

Second thing, don't you have a bootable media(DVD/USB) of WIN 8 ?

Do you want OS on both SSD and WD 1.0 Tb drive, if so why ? Or you are planning on dual boot (Win7 & Win 8) ?
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November 17, 2013 10:13:34 AM

lonewolf7 said:
First of all I failed to understand the need of SATA PCI express card ! Is your case too small to fit all the drives ?

Second thing, don't you have a bootable media(DVD/USB) of WIN 8 ?

Do you want OS on both SSD and WD 1.0 Tb drive, if so why ? Or you are planning on dual boot (Win7 & Win 8) ?


The case I am using is an HP case and the MB in it failed and I had it rebuilt with a new power supply and MB. So, all the SATA connections are not able to be gotten to....Plus, I inadvertently pulled the connector off of one that was accessible:o  And the case has room for 3 HDD....All being used.

The PCI express card has a MUCH higher performance than the ones on the MB.....nearly double. (as tested by Samsungs Magician software).

At this point, I have been able to clone the drive again and get back to Windows....But, I am left with the problem of the screen flashing and going back to the Desktop when trying to explore folders on the system.

Since I have already moved most of the files I want to keep off the old system HDD and cloned it to the new SSD, I don't care if I lose the files on it.

I just want to fix the folder exploring and screen flashing issue.

The last time this happened and I rebooted, I could not get back to Windows without jumping through a bunch of hoops (that I honestly did not know would take me).

TIA

Bill

Edit: The old system HDD (WD 1Tb) still shows two partitions "System Reserved" 100 MB and shows the status as "Active" and the rest of the drive (931 GB) shows the status as "None", with both of them shown as "Primary" I am using EaseUS Partition Master Free at the moment.

If any of that helps...LOL

I missed answering the question about Win 8 bootable media.......Yes I have the original install disk...But when I tried booting from it when everything went wonky....It would stop, gather information and go back to booting over and over and over and over and over......Hence the reason I used the Win 7 disk to boot the system....When Win 7 booted, it found the problem and corrected it immediately.

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November 18, 2013 8:13:59 AM

I got it all fixed......
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November 18, 2013 10:03:13 AM

Thanks for letting us know. Enjoy.
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