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Can only boot Windows 7 from live CD's "boot from hard drive" option

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February 2, 2014 7:43:11 AM

I just cloned a drive to an SSD and when I boot from any live CD and choose the "boot from hard drive" option, the clone seems to have worked just fine and Windows 7 boots up in mere seconds.

However, if I just let the computer boot normally with this drive listed as the first boot device, all I get is a blinking cursor on a black screen. I've tried everything that bootrec might be able to do to fix this (fixmbr, fixboot, rebuildbcd) and no help.

What am I missing?

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EasyLover said:
What is your mobo? Check if SSD is connected on SATA port-0. Change your boot sequence as well.


This drive is already the first boot option and the SSD is indeed connected to SATA port 0. The machine is a Dell Inspiron Desktop 546MT, so the mobo should be something like this.

noidea_77 said:
You have to clone both the c partition and the small system reserved partition, because that contains the boot loader.


Every partition was cloned from the old drive, including the system reserved partition.

EasyLover said:
Or else clean install the windows again pl.


Sorry, but I don't find that helpful. It's like taking your cat to the vet, only to have them suggest you just buy a new cat. Obviously I can do a clean install. The whole point of the thread is to get my current, otherwise fully functioning install to boot without the need to boot to a live cd and selecting the option to boot from the hard drive from there.
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February 2, 2014 7:55:33 AM

What is your mobo? Check if SSD is connected on SATA port-0. Change your boot sequence as well.
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February 2, 2014 8:06:52 AM

You have to clone both the c partition and the small system reserved partition, because that contains the boot loader.
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February 2, 2014 9:00:48 AM

Or else clean install the windows again pl.
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February 2, 2014 8:17:39 PM

I ended up resolving the issue by installing grub4dos with a 0 second timeout. I'm a bit miffed that the issue couldn't have been resolved by more conventional means, but hey, it works in the end with no functional difference.
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February 2, 2014 9:37:50 PM

chrisvfritz said:
I ended up resolving the issue by installing grub4dos with a 0 second timeout. I'm a bit miffed that the issue couldn't have been resolved by more conventional means, but hey, it works in the end with no functional difference.


How did grub4dos help you out? Sorry for late reply.
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