Solved Can't boot home-assembled computer to SSD

July 8, 2013 at 07:04:27
Specs: Windows 7
I'm trying to get my home-assembled computer to boot from the SSD, but can't. Maybe you can give me a tip or two? On the Save & Exit menu in BIOS, I see the SSD listed along with the other HD and the DVD drive under "Boot Override" but when I go to "Boot Option Priorities" I cannot list my SSD as my Option #1 or Option #2. It simply doesn't show up. Also in my OS on the HD, I do not see the SSD listed among the drives in the computer. Any ideas?

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July 8, 2013 at 09:21:30
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You didn't list any specs so we have no idea what hardware you're working with. I assume you plan to do a fresh install of Win7 on the SSD? Temporarily disconnect the HDD so that the BIOS doesn't detect it, boot off the Win7 DVD, partition & format the SSD, then continue with the Win7 installation.

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July 8, 2013 at 13:37:03
If the new SSD does not yet have an operating system installed on it then you can't boot to it.

Follow riider's instructions.

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July 9, 2013 at 14:59:34
If you cloned your OS partition to the SSD and did not include the boot partition, it is not bootable (though you should see it in Windows). If this is the case, you could disconnect the HD, pop in the install or repair disk and do a start up repair.
Still though, the preferred method would be a clean install as riider laid out.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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