boot drive

Forum discussion tagged with boot drive.
  1. StonedAKhana

    Question Make ssd boot drive without losing files already on the ssd

    I already have files on the ssd, how do I make it a boot drive without losing what’s on it?
  2. I

    [SOLVED] Win10 updates taking free ssd space slowly.

    Hi all, I have seen my boot drive’s free space slowly disappearing and I believe Windows updates are the cause. The last update (1/13/22) brought my free space down from 94gb to 89gb. I feel like there is a large portion of free space that has been used that I can restore, I have not found...
  3. samurai7222

    [SOLVED] Is the Crucial bx500 good enough for a boot drive and some games?

    Will the Crucial bx500 240GB be good for a boot drive and some games. I have a 1TB HDD for my large games. I'll just keep games that take a long time to load on the SSD. I'll mainly be using it as a boot drive. The Crucial MX500 240G and WD blue 240G both are about 14 USD more than the bx500 in...
  4. M

    [SOLVED] Wont boot into windows after installing m.2 ssd

    I've got a gigabyte x299 ud4 pro motherboard. I have 6 SATA SSD's in RAID 0 as my current boot drive (i know it's flippin stupid that's why i bought the m.2). When I installed my new m.2 it would only boot to bios and only 2 of the 6 drives showed up. I took it out and it works fine again. I was...
  5. Rizvee

    [SOLVED] USB OS installation drive

    Can I create an USB OS installation drive with multiple OS in it? If so, then which software can I use to create one? I want to install an OS from the USB drive, not run an OS from it.
  6. S

    Question Windows 10 USB boot drive won't load and always end up with blue screen instead

    I thought my main problem was just my inaccessible HDD because the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is missing. Searched for some answers and one of the most promising way to fix the missing BCD is by using a bootable drive and use the command prompt it has. I made a boot drive and I encountered...
  7. A

    [SOLVED] Boot drive priority keeps on resetting when restarting PC?

    I've noticed a problem where my boot drives will reset configuration whenever I manually reset my PC (its a ~1 week old one). I have to reenter the BIOS and reconfigure the priority to my Windows Boot Drive every time it happens. It only happens on manual restarts. Auto restarts by updates or...
  8. Loki_TSO

    [SOLVED] Doing a clean Win10 install on a new boot drive

    I just bought an SSD for my PC and I was wondering if it's possible to do a clean windows install instead of copying it on the new drive without losing data (mostly apps/games). I'm asking this because a few weeks ago I realized that my Win10 was completely [mess up] (can't update, Bluetooth...
  9. W

    [SOLVED] I Cloned my HDD to a new SSD, tried to launch it as my boot drive for windows and it doesn't work

    I bought a crucial MX500 1TB to use as storage and to launch windows off of, so I used the Acronis True Image software that it comes with to clone my hard drive to it. After 6 hours it was done cloning and I restarted my PC. It automatically set itself as the boot drive which is great but...
  10. xerxesaria

    [SOLVED] Nvme SSD as third drive

    Hi. I have the following: Asus Rog Strix Z490-E Gaming Motherboard. 250GB Nvme SSD (BOOT DRIVE) 1TB Nvme SSD (OTHER DRIVE / GAMES) My build is made for gaming and it is just about finished. However, I have doubts about the 250gb SSD with respect to storage space. I want to upgrade it to 500gb...
  11. C

    [SOLVED] Recovering Data Off Old Boot Drive After Installing Windows On New NVME

    So, here's the deal. I made this post about trying to boot off of my old drive and trying to keep the original configuration. The original post can be found here: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/upgrading-components-and-trying-to-book-off-old-boot-drive.3652495/ My new question is...
  12. C

    [SOLVED] Upgrading Components And Trying To Boot Off Old Boot Drive

    I just got done installing my new i7 10700K and Asus Prime Z-490A Motherboard. Along with some new Corsair Vengeance 32gb ram and a WD SN750 NVME. So here is my issue. Before doing the upgrade process this morning, I got on the phone with Microsoft to clarify if I would have to do a fresh...
  13. B

    Question format boot drive

    hello, i just did a data transfer from may old ssd to new ssd. the new ssd can boot to windows now, but when i plug in the old ssd i cant boot to windows with that ssd, when i change the boot order in the bios i get a message that there is no proper boot drive. now i tried to wipe the whole boot...
  14. S

    [SOLVED] How should I go about replacing my boot drive with another SSD?

    How should I go about replacing my boot drive with another SSD that doesn't have windows yet? (I only have one M.2 slot) Should I download windows to my HDD and then just download windows on my new SSD? Thanks!
  15. R

    Question How to port ONLY Windows 10 from a 2TB HDD to 500GB SDD?

    I have a new SSD I want to use as a main/boot drive, but right now I ONLY want to port the OS over. I'm still using the HDD and don't mind keeping all the other files on the HDD. I have a bunch of games and I don't want to spend an entire afternoon un- and re-installing 1.5 TB of them to the...
  16. mraazx

    [SOLVED] Which SSD is better 250GB Range? WD SN550 vs Corsair MP510 vs Transcend 220S

    Hello, I want to get an SSD which I prefer nvme and durability like I want to use it for long time. Now what I saw these 3 are in my budget . But they are slightly differently priced in my country so please help me to choose among these 3 WD Blue SN550 250GB = $55 Corsair 240 GB MP510 = $60...
  17. D

    [SOLVED] Using Old HDD for New PC Build

    So I scrapped an old Alienware Aurora R3 for parts and my brother had JUST installed a new HDD in beforehand. 1. I was wondering if I would be able to use this Hard Drive in a new PC build right away. I went through Windows and already did a Fresh Reset. 2. If not, I'm buying an M.2 SSD for...
  18. Dmor

    [SOLVED] Is a Windows 10 reinstall necessary? and Boot Drive question.

    I am planning on switching from my i7 7700K and an MSI Z270A Pro TO an i7 9700K and a ROG Z390e Gaming motherboard. Is a windows reinstallation necessary or will the boot SSD be fine to plug back in? I may also plan to upgrade to an nvme as my boot drive but not sure what to do with the SSD...
  19. D

    [SOLVED] Moving Windows and all files to new M.2

    Hey! I just got a new 500gb M.2, and I am hoping to move all of my files and Windows installation on my current 500gb SSD to my new M.2, and then wipe the old SSD to keep for storage. I'm not sure if I should migrate or clone the old drive, or if I should just do a fresh os instal. How would you...
  20. D

    [SOLVED] Need some help installing SSD boot drive on my system

    This is my current storage setup: I have a 500GB HDD for Ubuntu and 1 TB HDD for windows, and the system is configured so that one startup I can choose which OS I want to boot to. I just ordered a 250GB SSD for a boot drive, and I have a spare 1TB HDD; I would like to have the following storage...
  21. S

    [SOLVED] How do I install windows on new ssd?

    Hi, I just bought a nvme m.2 Samsung Evo 970 250gb ssd. I am looking to use the drive for booting windows and some games. How can I install windows to the drive? I looked into the matter beforehand and I don’t want to clone my hdd to my ssd because my ssd isn’t big enough to fit all the files...
  22. e_pony

    [SOLVED] Switching from Intel to AMD ryzen, W10 can I keep programs installed?

    Hi, My mobo/cpu died recently so im doing a mayor hardware change. Searching around forums I found that the best way is to do a fresh install of W10 when switching from intel to amd. However, I was using an ssd as a boot drive on my old build. If I reinstall W10 on this very drive does it mean...
  23. D

    [SOLVED] Accidentally changed permissions and ownership on everything on my boot drive, is there any way to fix this?

    I had around 400 or so .tmp folders in the root of my C drive and could only delete them by changing their permissions one-by-one. Getting annoyed at this, I looked up some solutions and ran a couple of commands in the command prompt. While I successfully deleted the files, I realized that I...
  24. S

    [SOLVED] Boot Drive almost full. How to clean it?

    I bought the pc pre used and the boot drive is almost completely used up. 469 gbs are being used but when i check storage and other programs to see what is using it up i cant find what it is. Is there anyway I could just delete everything but keep the os and just start new? Also, when i check...
  25. PrimalReign

    [SOLVED] Clone whole and entire drive to another

    Hi, I know that there are quite similar questions to mine on here but I just had to make sure that it works for my specific lineup so please excuse me on that. So I recently got a whole new computer and the only thing that I kept was my GPU. I'm facing the problem that I want to clone my whole...
  26. C

    [SOLVED] Transferring SSD Boot Drive to System?

    G'day, so right now I'm on windows 7 ultimate x64 and I am using my old system parts to write this as I just upgraded my system with new CPU, MOBO, RAM, COOLER and M.2 SSD. I already had a 120gb SSD and 1TB HDD, RX 580, etc. Before upgrading my RIG I updated my system to WIN 10 cuz my new 3rd...
  27. F

    Question Transfer user account to new drive?

    I recently bought a 1TB SSD to replace my current 120GB SSD, and I've had absolute hell with copying my files over. Between cloning the drive and fresh installing windows and loading a backup, the closest I can get is having all of my files on my new SSD, but having them saved under a separate...
  28. Z

    Question Cloned ssd offline due to signature collision

    I recently installed a ssd (gave it letter D) and cloned my old hdd to it with Samsung data migration software Both are inside my PC as l want to keep hdd as storage/archive I changed boot priority to wbm <ssd name> But PC still boots from hdd ( task manager shows hdd under performance tab...
  29. D

    Question Cloned my Windows 10 boot drive to my new SSD, it is GPT format but will not boot

    I spent hours trimming the fat on my windows boot drive so that I could clone it to my new SSD (only 250gb) and I have cloned it. Since my Windows boot drive ( C: drive ), is MBR format, I set up the SSD as a MBR format drive, then cloned the C: drive to it (for the cloning process I used EaseUS...
  30. M

    Question Can I trasnfur a drive partition to a new drive?

    I want to upgrade my PC to have an SSD, butI already have several Terabytes of data stored on an HDD. Is it possible to create a partition with Winows and a few programs on that I can then transfur to an SSD to use as my boot device? This would save me alot of time as I would not have to backup...
  31. P

    Question So I built a new pc and installed windows on a brand new hard drive but now i put in my old SSD and have an odd question

    So i never got to activate windows on this new pc yet so i was using the free version of it. But this SSD already had windows 10 on it and the moment I installed it and turned on my pc it was like I was on my old pc with windows activated and all my data that was on the ssd still there. But I...
  32. skywalkerqq

    Question Cloning boot drive to a partition

    So I need to clone my M.2 boot drive onto a new partition I made on my hard drive. I have macrium reflect downloaded, but all the tutorials I find on using it require the destination drive for the clone to be clean. I need to somehow keep my hard drive safe while cloning my boot drive onto the...
  33. M

    Question Why does new NVME drive have to load through old SSD first?

    I recently received an NVME drive from a friend who had no use for it. I purchased a SATA enclosure for the drive as my motherboard doesn't have NVME support. The drive is able to hold files and definitely works. My plan was to have my OS be transferred to the NVME drive, and this was done...
  34. C

    [SOLVED] Getting SSD for Boot drive, need some help with my HDD.

    So I just ordered an SSD M.2 which I plan to use as my new PC's boot drive. I have a 4tb HDD that I use as a second storage option (my current PC boots off a 1tb HDD) and was told a long while ago that if I have any data I want to keep, that I'd need to partition a portion of my HDD and send it...
  35. GamerCyclops

    Question To a beginner in PC upgrades, would you recommend changing boot drives by OS migration or clean OS install?

    I've been looking into using EaseUS to migrate the OS from my hard drive to my new SSD so that I can use it as my boot drive, but it sounds almost too good to be true. I'm looking for a second (and more educated) opinion: what are the pros and cons of each approach, and which would you...
  36. PhantomPheon

    Question Recieved the CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED a couple of times, and now my PC isnt detecting a boot device

    So, for some context: before today, I haven't experienced an issue with my PC beyond the common, easily resolvable issues. However over the course of the day, I have received four/five blue screen errors, all if which are listed as CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED. The first time I received this error, I...
  37. P

    Question Is it necessary to have two drives in your computer?

    I am building a gaming PC soon and I am wondering whether I need a boot drive and a second drive. I was thinking about just buying one large ssd that would have windows on it and all the other stuff. Alternatively i would buy a smaller ssd for boot and then a second ssd for all my stuff n games...
  38. T

    Question m.2 Nvme SSD is not detected on first boot after sleep or shutdown everytime. Need a fix

    So I bought a new m.2 nvme SSD from Mushkin 500gb (MKNSSDPL500GB-D8 Pilot ). I cloned my old 500gb samsung evo 750 to it as it has my OS. For some reason everytime I boot my pc after it has been off or in sleep for a while (around 3-4hours +) my boot drive is not detected but all the other...
  39. T

    Discussion Using a large HDD with Intel Optane RST module

    Hey Community, I did a build a couple years ago utilizing a 3TB 7200rpm HDD basically in a raid with a m.2 optane module to test out the tech, and it works great! I haven't upgraded storage yet at all, there is no need. It's also nice because I don't need to worry about downloads or default...
  40. N

    Question 500GB Crucial MX500 SSD or 240GB Kingston A400 SSD as boot drive?

    Hi, I am just about to build my first pc and originally purchase a 500GB Crucial MX500 SSD to use as boot drive and everything else and was going to buy a 2tb hdd later. I then see the 240GB Kingston A400 SSD for a good price so purchased this with the view to use this as my boot & program...