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Booting problems after installing new SSD


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Dirk1

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Hello people, I have ran into a problem when installing a new SSD. I'm not able to fix it myself so please hear me out if you are able to help.

Yesterday I bought a new SSD. I did already have one, but it's only 15GB. All my software is installed on a Sata Hard Drive disk.
My plan was to swap the old SSD with the new, and then figure out a way to transfer my software from the hard drive to the SSD, because that would make my pc alot faster.
But now my pc won't boot anymore. This is what happened:

So first of all, before I even bought the new SSD (Samsung 850 EVO 250GB) I checked if it were possible, and opened my pc. 
I don't know why I did this but I removed the 2 cables (SATA and power) from my old SSD cache(There was nothing important saved on this SSD anyway, only a little video game.).
But luckily my pc was still working fine. I could boot it, and everything was the same except Drive (D:) being gone. All my files were saved the other drive: Drive (C:), the hard drive.
I turned my pc off and plugged the cables back in. My pc would boot and Drive (D:) with the little game was back. 
Today I got the new SSD. I swapped it with the old one. I used the same Sata/power cables from my old SSD for the new. But then my pc wouldn't boot anymore.
This suprised me because the pc is supposed to boot from the Hard Drive and my pc did also still work when I unplugged my old SSD yesterday and plugged it back in.
As far as I'm concerned I didn't touch the hard drive cables at all. Perhaps I unknowingly hit other cables when placing the SSD bracket. 
So I obviously removed the new SSD because my pc wasn't working anymore since I placed it. But still my pc isn't booting.
So my theory is that I must have hit another cable accidently. I have also read today that static electricity from your body can make some components defect.
But I'm not sure if this is the case because the motherboard is still working since I can go into the BIOS. And it does recognize both the hard drive and SSD in the advanced menu.
When I boot the pc I get the Acer screen and after that I'm brought to the Windows Recovery menu. I tried multiple things like resetting my pc but that wouldn't work.

I tried fixing the problem myself, but without luck. The sata cable from the hard drive and SSD might be swapped because I can't remember which cable belonged to which drive.
There is also a power cable left in the pc but I don't think that it matters which power cable I use for the drives, because they are all the same. 
I also messed around in the BIOS in the boot menu. But after that I changed everything back to what it used to be. I also tried to recover my pc from the Windows recovery menu.
I'll provide a bunch of screenshots of the BIOS settings and the hardware of my pc below.

Remember that I'm not sure whether the red sata cable belongs to the SSD or HDD if it even makes a difference:
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Inside my pc:
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Bios Advanced Misc:
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Bios Advanced Integrated peripherals menu, remember:
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Authentication menu:
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Boot options:
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This is what happens when I boot my pc:
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I'm not sure anymore what to do. I perhaps shouldn't have messed with the pc but I didn't think that calling an expert was neccessary. I've also got a very basic understanding of the computer hardware/components, so I may be able to fix it myself. But help of you guys is very much appreciated. 
 
Sincerly, Dirk


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Hi Dirk :welcome:

 

If you put the old SSD back does the machine boot again?

 

Do you know if before replacing the SSD the BIOS was set to boot first from the SSD or from the HDD?


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Hi Drik1,

 

It sure sounds to me like your operating system (Windows) was on your old SSD. When you removed it, the system won't boot because it can't find the operating system.

 

What you want to do, is clone the old SSD to the new one. I just installed a Samsung SSD recently and it came with a CD containing imaging software. If you don't have one, there's free software called Macrium Reflect that will accomplish the same thing.

 

So the procedure is as follows:

  1. Turn off your PC.
  2. Unplug the cables from C: drive that contains all your data.
  3. Connect the new SSD drive to those SATA and power cables.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Install software to clone your old drive:
  6. Clone your OLD SSD -> to the NEW SSD. Drive letters may have changed. Pay careful attention to the drive sizes!
  7. When the drive is cloned, turn off your computer. Unplug the old SSD, and connect the drive containing all your data (C:).
  8. Start your PC and enjoy your new SSD.
  9. You can copy the contents of the old data drive to the new SSD. When finished, remove if from the system if you'd like.

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Hi Drik1,

 

It sure sounds to me like your operating system (Windows) was on your old SSD. When you removed it, the system won't boot because it can't find the operating system.

 

What you want to do, is clone the old SSD to the new one. I just installed a Samsung SSD recently and it came with a CD containing imaging software. If you don't have one, there's free software called Macrium Reflect that will accomplish the same thing.

 

So the procedure is as follows:

  1. Turn off your PC.
  2. Unplug the cables from C: drive that contains all your data.
  3. Connect the new SSD drive to those SATA and power cables.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Install software to clone your old drive:
  6. Clone your OLD SSD -> to the NEW SSD. Drive letters may have changed. Pay careful attention to the drive sizes!
  7. When the drive is cloned, turn off your computer. Unplug the old SSD, and connect the drive containing all your data (C:).
  8. Start your PC and enjoy your new SSD.
  9. You can copy the contents of the old data drive to the new SSD. When finished, remove if from the system if you'd like.

 

My OS couldn't be on my OLD SSD because it's only a 16GB cache with 15GB available. But I managed to fix the problem by removing the HDD, and then placing a USB with a windows installation on it. I installed a fresh windows to my new SSD and now everything is working fine. And my computer is lots faster.


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