Migrating Win7x64 from HW-RAID1 to SSD

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  1. kajax01

    kajax01 New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
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    This is my system:

    win7 prof 64bit installed.
    Motherboard: Asus P8H67
    CPU Sockel: LGA1155
    RAM: 8 GB
    RAID1 configured with two 2TB HDDs
    Single 2TB HDD (or additional backups)
    The Win Instalation resides on a RAID1 partition (100GB).
    My new SSD ist a Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB

    The issue:

    I prepared the SSD drive with alignment=1024, whole SSD as 1 primary partition formated as NTFS.
    I used clonezilla to create a system image (.iso) onto my third hdd.
    Then I restored this image onto the SSD drive and tried to reboot selecting the SSD drive as a boot device from the bios (RAID1 HDDs were also connected).

    Then the message "Windows starting" showed up (from where?) and a blue screen or a few msecs and a subsequent reboot.

    When I try to boot from the RAID (with SSD connected) the same symptom.
    Booting from RAID with the SSD disconnected works fine.
    Trying to boot from SSD with the RAID disconnected I get following message:

    "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in boot device and press a key".

    Could this mean the MBR is missing?
    And if so, is it really necessary when selecting that drive from the bios as boot device?

    I hope I didn't forget anything important information.

    Thanks or any help
  2. kajax01

    kajax01 New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
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    Issue resolved !

    There just was missing the boot flag on the SSD device.

    I booted with the (graphical) GParted-Live CD (V0.14.1-6-i486) and set the boot flag at the ssd device
    (right click at the ssd device).
    Just in case RAID devices were not yet attached since I had experienced problems with clonezilla when both ssd and raid1-devices were attached to the system (couldn't boot).

    Then I started (still without raid hdds connected) and windows first performed a chkdsk and then rebooted successfully.
    Next step was to remove the boot flag from the raid hdd (GParted).
    After the next start I first had to enable the raid disk within the disk management
    (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools) and to correct the drive letters

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