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Replace laptop HD with SSD but it wont start

kashif_82 70 13 January 2, 2016 at 12:01 PM
I have an Asus G51J laptop. The hdd was responding too slow so I decided to reformat the HD but then ended up replacing the HD with Intel SSD 535 Series, 120GB. I had already created the restore partition on 6 DVDs earlier. When I reinstall the OS from DVDs on the old HD, it gets reformatted and after the install, it starts fine. However, when I put in the SSD, reformat and install the OS, after taking its time, the laptop does not start. After taking its 1.5 hrs of installation, it says no bootable device found. When I enter the bios, I see the SSD.

One odd thing, after the installation on SSD, if I plug in the SSD using a doc to my other laptop, the laptop prompts me to reformat the drive before using it. If i do not reformat, I cannot access it but no warnings and the SSD is visible under device manager. If I do reformat, then the SSD is visible and I can access it just fine. Also, the Asus laptop can see the SSD as a drive just fine if I connect it via the dock. That is, it is not listed as removable media on any of the laptops

My primary laptop is Dell E6430 running windows 7 pro. The Asus laptop is windows 7 and that is (home edition) is what I am trying to install on the SSD.

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I take it that you do not have a copy of Win 7 to install from. You may have an issue with installing to a smaller SSD. What size was the original drive?
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Last edited by repitall January 2, 2016 at 12:33 PM
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The original drive I believe is 500GB. However, I know that there is no way this installation should take anymore than 40GB. I know this because I had created multiple partitions on the drive for different reasons....unless I need to have a really large disk during the installation process.

As for installation disk, I tried validating my windows keys but it did not work. I was trying to get Win10 ISO. After doing a bit of researched, I found out that some keys are OEM specific and may not work.

FYI, I was able to upgrade to Win10 before reformatting.
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The installation media you have created may be looking for a 500 GB drive. Others can weigh in on how Asus media does it. I have had to shrink the c: drive plus the recovery partition to less than the size of the SSD, then create media for it to work on other computers. If you had a copy of Windows 7 Home, I don't believe you would have this problem.
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Every time you format a SSD you add wear an reduce its overall lifetime of the SSD by some fraction.

Your SSD came with software to clone the old HD disk to the new SSD it also has utilities to ease your new or fresh install of an OS. Use it, it was included for a reason. Your errors and troubles are caused because you chose not to utilities provided. If you bought the SSD and the cloning software was not included you will should download it from the manufacturers website.

There are many websites that explain and demonstrate how the transfer from HDD to SSD should be done. Google is your friend.
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win 7 oem windows key would allow u to upgrade... even with a clean install.


personally, i would google clean install win 10 and make a bootable install media out of a spare USB drive u have (8 gb or more). Print out instructions and follow it. If ur windows key doesn't work, email microsoft abt it and see what they say.


if u don't wanna email microsoft, i guess u can clone ur old drive to ssd with Intel's software. I just prefer clean install.


put ur old drive in an external USB case and use it that way. do safeguard it, anyone can access ur old drive.
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Try switching bios from uefi to legacy
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Quote from paranoiaboi07 View Post :
Try switching bios from uefi to legacy
Plus one on this. I swapped my drive on my computer to an SSD and had to flip this setting for Windows to install.
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Quote from paranoiaboi07 View Post :
Try switching bios from uefi to legacy
I would give this a try.

usually when upgrading hard drives I would do an exact disc clone, instead of doing a backup/restore. much easier. EaseUS is a good program
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I did not want to copy over any of the data so instead of reformatting the old HD and then copying over the data. I guess either the instructions I had been reading skipped that direct replacement will only work with retail version of OS or perhaps I skipped them.

The bios already said legacy boot enabled.

As of now, I am running the Intel Data Migration tool but each time it is ready to copy the data, it fails with an error saying a portable device is not ready. It gives me an option to wait for the device to be connected. If I say yes, then after a few seconds later the same message pops back up. If I say no or cancel, the migration process exists and the laptop starts into windows. I have tried putting the SSD in the laptop and keeping the old drive in the doc, with eSATA as well as USB cable. I then swapped the drives so that SSD is in the doc and the old drive in the laptop. No go.

When I run the migration tools, it forces me to restart and the migration software is run before the windows loads. If I go straight to bios before the OS is loaded, I can still see two drives in the bios.

I will give EaseUS Todo Backup Free and Home version a try once I get access to the laptop again.
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