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Old 09-07-17, 07:45 AM   #1
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Replacing hard drive, Windows won't boot from the drive...

First time doing this, and I would greatly appreciate any help...

I replaced the 250GB HD on my old Dell Studio 1555 laptop (Windows 7) with a new PNY 480GB SSD.

I cloned my old drive with EaseUS (free edition). It cloned the drive without errors, and afterwards the "Recovery" and "OS" partitions showed up on Windows Explorer. (It looked like EaseUS did three partitions: the boot, "A: Recovery" and "B:OS".)

I opened up the case and swapped out the old HD for the new SSD.

Upon booting up, the Dell screen came up for a few seconds and then I got this screen:

Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you don't have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
Pressing F2/Setup takes me to the BIOS screen, and I have this:

>Fixed HDD: [PNY CS900 480GB SSD-(S1)]
>ESATA: [none]
So it looks like it knows my new drive is there, but it won't boot from it.

I then inserted the "Windows 7 64-bit Repair Disc" CD I made after I got my computer. Pressed "F12 Boot Options" at Dell screen. "Windows is loading files..." came up, then took me to a blank blue graphic screen (like the Win login, not a BSOD). It hung there for several seconds, then gave an error message.

I then tried the "System Recovery" DVDs I made at the same time as my repair disc. When I booted from it "Windows is loading files..." came up again and it took me to a "Dell Datasafe Local Backup" (click next to restore your computer to the most recent full system backup.) I clicked "Run the program from my hard disk (recommended)" and hit next, but it just took me back to the Boot Manager screen. This probably wasn't the disc I wanted, but it didn't work anyway.

So what am I doing wrong, and how do I fix it?
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Old 09-12-17, 01:47 PM   #2
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Re: Replacing hard drive, Windows won't boot from the drive...

this is probably your problem - EaseUS (free edition)
did you read and follow their instructions or did you wing it?
MBR didn't clone or partition is not active or something along the lines of a clone error

try using

since you still have both drives, doing a new clone should be fine
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Old 09-13-17, 01:19 PM   #3
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Re: Replacing hard drive, Windows won't boot from the drive...

I did this using AOMEI Partition Assistant free edition, cloned my HDD to an SSD, installed the SSD and the computer booted right up. Yes, I'm running Windows 7.
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