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    HP laptop SSD replacement problem

    I have an HP g7-1310us laptop that has a failing hard drive. It will still boot to Win7, but it is very slow. I purchased a Crucial BX100 500 gb SSD and cloned it from the old drive. There were some errors listed, but I figured if the old drive would still boot, the new drive should also.

    No such luck! Upon booting, I get a Windows Boot Manager error. It says 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 you language....
    3. Click "Repair your computer."

    I don't have the HP disc, so I used an oem disc I have on hand. I followed the instructions above. It had several options on the screen that displayed. I chose the first which is: Startup Repair.

    The first attempt, it instructed me to restart to see if the repair was successful, which it was not. The second attempt failed. I looked in the "diagnostic and repair details log" and it shows several completed tests. At the end of the log, it says: Root cause found:
    No OS files found on disk.
    Repair action: Partition table repair
    Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
    Time taken = 78 ms

    I have looked in the bios to see if I can change the boot drive, but the bios is very limited and does not show this info.

    I can open a command prompt in the Recovery Options screen, but I am clueless as to what I should run.

    The owner of this machine doesn't have any backups (of course!) and would like to keep their personal data.

    Also, when I cloned the drive, the HP Recovery partition is empty on the clone, (I'm guessing this is some of HP's piracy control) so I cannot do a system recovery on that drive.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Ran,

    If you can still boot from the old drive I'd suggest you do the following.

    1. Download and install Macrium Reflect Free.
    2. Create the Recovery Boot Media.
    3. Test the Recovery Boot Media to make sure it boots.
    4. Make an Image of the HD to a third external disk.
    5. Make sure you do a Verify on the Image.
    6. Put the SSD in the laptop.
    7. Start the laptop and enter the BIOS and make sure AHCI mode is set for the disk.
    8. Boot from the Recovery Media
    9. Restore the Image to the SSD (Note: you can resize the partitions to fit if the old drive is bigger as long as you have enough free space on the SSD).
    10. Reboot.
    11. Download and run Partition Wizard Mini-Tool Free Edition and use the Check Alignment tool to make sure the SSD is properly aligned. You can also resize/move partitions while you're in there if necessary.


    I know a close should work but personally I've had much better success with this method. YMMV!

    HTH
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    I know a close should work
    I assume you mean clone rather than close RG.
    Darn spell checkers.....

    Jerry

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    Jerry,

    And I thought I'd checked it "closely"
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Update:

    I let the magic smoke out of the SSD (Damnit). I was hotpluging it into my main desktop to format it. I have downloaded Macrium and have it on a usb drive. The laptop took almost 20 minutes to get to the desktop the last time I booted it. I am not sure how much longer it will last and I am also sure that it is corrupting data.

    I have ordered another SSD, so we will wait for it to get here before I try anything else.

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    Disk drives are not generally designed to hot plug. Power off before playing.

    You do not need to format the SSD before using it as described by RG.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    You do not need to format the SSD before using it as described by RG.
    And just where did I recommend this?
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Time to re-read RG - must be having a blonde day!

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    Time to re-read RG - must be having a blonde day!

    cheers, Paul
    Ya mean dyed blond
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    Paul & David,

    It must be a Blond Week as I still can not find the word Format in my #2 post. Help!
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Paul & David,

    It must be a Blond Week as I still can not find the word Format in my #2 post. Help!
    I think he meant that HE was having a dyed blond day!

    David

    Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    You do not need to format the SSD before using it as described by RG
    You do not need to format the SSD, just use it as described by RG

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul,

    Ah! Now I see the light said the blind man.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    To his deaf daughter.

    cheers, Paul

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