Okay guys, so a week ago i got my SSD hooked up and got my OS running fine off that and got windows 7 set up, today i got around to backing up my old HDD and then wiping it.
It went fine and after the wipe I restarted and now I can't boot, its recognizing my computer as it would with no OS, telling me to insert install disk and install my OS. It doesnt make sense to me why if i wiped my HDD, that it would cause an issue like this, anyone know of possible solutions?
I already have my boot drive set to the SSD and i unplugged my HDD completly and tried to boot, nothing still
When your computer was booting properly off the ssd, was the old hard disk still attached? If so, it is possible that Windows placed the operating system on the ssd but the boot partition on the old hd. Remember that Windows 7 now defaults to two separate partitions, one that it boots from and one that hold the os. Might that be what happened?
If so, you can reinstall windows on your ssd (with no other drive installed) and then restore the backup-image you just made from your old drive. This process will create both partitions and then restore the os partition as you had it prior to the transition.
I do not know of any way to create just the Windows 7 boot partition.
Ah, yeah i believe the HDD was still plugged in when i was putting the OS on, but everything was set to be put on the SSD.
Ah i dont even have a backup image for my old HDD, i just took files i wanted to keep and threw them on my external, no OS since i was wiping it to get rid of the OS on that one.
Im just gonna go through and re-install the OS on my SSD, but now if i were to do this what will it do with the information already on it? I mean am i gonna end up having 2 OS on my SSD now or something?
When Windows does an installation, it looks for any disks with a BCD (part of the new bootloader) on them already. If it finds them, it simply adds itself to the existing database and continues. Even if your SSD was selected as the install target, it will still only write the boot loader to that drive if it can't find one somewhere else. When you enter setup, format the drive (may need to expand advanced options at the partition screen) and it will clear out the old installation.