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SSD drive dissappears when I boot up to Windows 7

Q: SSD drive dissappears when I boot up to Windows 7

I m running main HDD in RAID and all is ok there I check in BIOS the SSD is recognised - using the Control I command I can see the SSD is available and status is normal I boot to Windows and it disappears I m running a w PSU and wondering if it s a power issue but why is it not a power issue in DOS It s puzzling as I previously had it working before until I recently reinstalled Windows BTW I did edit my Regedit before this so I could change from IDE to RAID on my main HDD I changed iastorV Start THIS IS WINDOWS RAID HAVE IT ON SINCE MEANS ON pciide to SSD 7 dissappears Windows I when drive boot up THIS IS IDE HAVE IT ON SINCE MEANS OFF Before I did this it would get BSOD when starting Windows having only the BIOS changed to RAID on main HDD Should I have changed the pcide to and instead SSD drive dissappears when I boot up to Windows 7 left it at Anyone have any ideas nbsp

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A: SSD drive dissappears when I boot up to Windows 7

This has been sorted - I removed the Kingston SSD and used an OCZ Agility 3 SSD which was instantly recognized. Apparently Sandforce, the controller the Kingston uses has a problem so that's what it was.

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D is booting Win7 as shown by the Boot label. The problem is that Win7 is designed to always be C if it is correctly installed from boot and not run from another OS, or if you select Auto when choosing drive letter for cloning or imaging. So you've stuck yourself with the letter D for Win7 if that's okay with you. You can clone it again and designate Auto so it correctly boots as C if you want.

The correct way to delete an OS is to delete or format its partition after moving any files off of it you want to save. In this case I would delete both the System Reserved and C partition after moving the data to a new data partition you shrink C to make. Later resize back into the deleted partition space using Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

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A:SSD boot record borked -will boot to windows normally with CD in drive

Hi Henry -

I thought you deleted XP so am not sure why the System flag is still on the hard drive. It signifies the partition which is booting Win7, but also needs to be marked Active to successfully do so.

To repair this, unplug the HD and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which will attempt to repair and then write the System boot files to Win7 partition since they were never put there but instead added to XP during installation.

Once Win7 partition starts, is labeled System Active and boots itself, you can plug back in the other HD making sure SSD remains set first drive to boot in BIOS, mark the HD partition Inactive which should keep it from interfering although the best way to do this is move the data off and delete the old System partition. Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums
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A:Windows 7 Will Not Boot When the Boot Disk is NOT in the CD Drive!

Welcome to the Seven Forums! DoubleAKing Try not to hit the post new thread button too hard since you made a duplicate thread.

The part referring to "PXE-EA0: Network Boot Canceled" suggests one of two things upon seeing that. 1)You configured some remote access by network or 2) the wake up by Lan option in the bios may be enabled. Since the drive was reformatted you can rule out the first item right away for still seeing the same after a clean install.

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When you change the BIOS boot order to boot the SSD, are you saving the change before exiting?

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Windows 8 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

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A:Installing Windows 8 with Windows 7 Dual Boot from Flash Drive

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Hello Asterix68, welcome to Seven Forums!

Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

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In paragraph 5, you say you can.

Can you clarify??
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HD0 + HD1 = boot select for "old Win on HD0" or "new Win7 on HD1"
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Originally Posted by NickCraigS

Recently I installed windows 7 on a primary drive from my old system drive. ...

Not following... did you copy one drive's contents to the other?

Windows 7 must be installed FROM genuine Windws 7 DVD or USB.

Regards. . .


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Hi Tom -

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings so we can look it over and advise you better.

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This sounds like a fun least from a few hundred miles away.

Can you clarify a few things?

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Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

I'm no expert, but I'm thinking on these lines:

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Startup Repair

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Quote: Originally Posted by jblue21

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Is boot from usb enabled in laptop (maybe it did boot or tried to boot ) from it.
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Corrupted or incompatible storage driversSCSI, RAID, UDMA IDE, SATA

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