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Issues with cloned partition on new SSD (I think I done goofed)

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February 1, 2014 1:21:34 PM

Hi guys, looking for a little help.

To bring you up to speed, I built a new gaming rig back in September with a 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, however recently decided to purchase an SSD for improved boot speeds and loads/saves for my most played games. I went for the Crucial M500 in the end. Heads up - I have neither a CD drive nor a Windows Recovery CD.

Today it arrived so I promptly installed it and gave it a drive letter/label etc., and set about the process of backing up all of my files before using EaseUS Partition Master to clone a slimmed-down C:\Users and C:\Windows across to D: (the SSD). After this I set the cloned partition on D: to active.

However, after finishing all this, changing the boot order, and re-booting, I got the message 'Bootmgr is missing' and have been unable to boot from the SSD (only the HDD).

Can anyone help me figure out what the problem is, and how to solve it?

Thanks in advance
a b G Storage
February 1, 2014 1:29:35 PM

Cloning a HDD to SSD is not recommended because of various issues like this. The speed difference I believe is what kills it.

I suggest putting windows onto a bootable flash drive and installing a fresh copy onto the SSD.
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February 1, 2014 1:34:55 PM

Illumynization said:
Cloning a HDD to SSD is not recommended because of various issues like this. The speed difference I believe is what kills it.

I suggest putting windows onto a bootable flash drive and installing a fresh copy onto the SSD.


Thanks for the reply :) 

Yeah I did some reading re: HDD to SSD cloning and I read that the speed differences can be sorted afterwards using GParted (I think) or before by setting the alignments for the SSD using command prompt.

Anyways, the reason I didn't just fresh install is because my download link for the OG copy of Win7 seems to be broken, so I was more wondering if it's possible to fix the bootmgr issue as everything else seems to be in order! I could be wrong, of course.
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February 1, 2014 2:08:39 PM

Well there are other problems also for one on most hard drives the boot loader is located on a separate hidden partition and that is most likely the main reason for the 'Bootmgr is missing' error because it can not find the boot loader. And if I am reading correctly you also missed the Program Files,Program Files (x86),ProgramData dir's all of which are needed.

There are legal download's that will let you get a copy of the Windows ISO but I am not at home right now so I can't remember the URL's. Perhaps some one else can help there. That would be your best bet you can then use the Windows USB/DVD tool to make a USB install stick from the ISO and do a clean install on the SSD.

One thing though go into the BIOS before you do the install and make sure that the SATA controller is set to AHCI for best performance with a SSD.
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February 1, 2014 2:16:55 PM

Thanks Bryon - you are reading correctly! I did copy across the Program files and Program files(x86) I just neglected to write that above, sorry. I'm not sure about the directories though...

Is it possible to find the hidden partitions and access the data on them? If not, I guess it will have to be the USB install, although I'd rather not.

Thanks for the BIOS tip though I'll make sure to do that next time I boot.
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February 2, 2014 5:10:34 PM

Thanks for the replies guys,

I couldn't find any more information out there online so I just fresh installed on to the SSD. Booting up OK but with a few issues, I'll start a new thread over on the Windows 7 section.
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