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I recently purchased a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB and tried cloning my Windows 8.1 to it. I tried cloning with the data migration software included but had some errors with it. So I tried using Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 to clone, but still failed. So I just defragged my HDD and repaired it, then instead of using the Samsung data migration software, I used Acronis. It worked, but I forgot to unplug my old HDD from the computer. I wanted to format the old HDD so that I could use it for my videos and music. I tried changing the drive letter of my old HDD through disk management (it still had the OS) to something else and changed the driver letter of my SSD to C:, thinking that my shortcuts would work. I didn't know that the C: drive letter was reserved, so something happened to my computer. I minimized all windows and when I highlighted the desktop, that part turned black. It stayed there and the more I highlight, the more parts turned to black. I could still highlight over the black regions and the taskbar was still there and didn't turn black. So I just turned off my PC by holding down the power button and restarted it, making sure to change the boot drive to the SSD in the BIOS. After that, I was informed that Windows couldn't boot because it was missing some core files and that I had to insert my Windows CD and repair Windows. I did that but I didn't repair because I either had to refresh my PC or reset, which would delete my files. I didn't back up my data yet so I chose to boot from the CD. Now, I tried to format the SSD through Samsung Magician, but I couldn't since it didn't support Windows 8, then I realised my SSD wasn't OS ready, so I made it OS ready through Samsung Magician. Right now, I checked DiskPart through command prompt and found out that my SSD is now the system drive and my old HDD is the boot drive. I tried booting up the computer without the HDD and it didn't work. A message told me some boot file was missing and that I should use insert the Windows CD to repair the OS, but when I do that, I could only boot from CD. Same thing happened when I unplugged the SSD except it was some other file missing. Now, I have no idea what to do. D:

TL;DR:
SSD became system drive, HDD became boot drive after trying to clone the OS from HDD to SSD. Can't repair OS from Windows 8 CD, can only boot from CD. Can't format SSD.

Help please! D:

Btw, every time I reboot, it seems like my settings reset or something. In foobar, my playlist doesn't save. It's like the computer's rebooting to the state it was previously in before the whole mess.

Thanks in advance! :D


--- PC BUILD ---
MOBO: Asus M5A97 R2.0
CPU: AMD FX-8350
GPU: PowerColor HD7950 3GB DDR5
PSU: Corsair CX600
Old HDD (OS): WD Caviar Blue 500GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D
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  1. You shouldn't have change the drive letter. Next make sure you backup elsewhere before doing cloning.
    Have you tried having the SSD and HDD together and booting.
    You may need to do a secure erase on the SSD via Samsung Magician
  2. Better still - just do Windows installation instead of using migration software. Too many things go wrong with migration software.

    If it was me, I'd start over again and not make the same mistakes.
  3. Best answer
    Hello... After all this work and typing, You could have a fresh install of Windows loaded on your New drive.
    1) Unplug all drives except the your new drive, and do fresh install of the OS on it.
    2) When your sure it is working like you want it to, attach one drive at a time, and mark the partitions active.
    3) When your sure it is working like you want it to, attach another drive and mark the partitions active.

    Some Programs and data will need redirected to your new drive letters, Some will have to be re-installed.
  4. @Suzutera, I'm currently using them both together. The computer only boots when they're both plugged in. I can't do a secure erase because it doesn't support Windows 8 and above.

    @i7Baby, I want to start over, but I don't know how D:

    @Ironsounds, I'll try that right now :D
  5. Try this method. In theory you don't need to secure erase, just a reformat.
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1227597/how-to-secure-erase-your-solid-state-drive-ssd-with-parted-magic
  6. @Ironsounds, my Windows 8 CD seems to be messed up T^T. Is there a way for me to download a legit copy of Windows 8.1 ISO? I have the CD key.

    @Suzutera, thanks, I'll try it now! :D

    EDIT: I found a way to download the ISO for Windows 8 from the Microsoft website :D
  7. Contact Microsoft. You should be OK.
  8. I finally fixed my computer!!! :DDDDD
    It took me a while, but I got a copy of Windows 8 and reformatted the SSD.
    Thanks for all your help guys!!! :DDDD
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