Installed new SSD now I can't boot - please help!

Ezenemy

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Hey, I finally decided to upgrade to an SSD. It came in today and I installed it perfectly fine. I decided to install a new copy of Windows on it and start fresh since I also ordered a new mobo/CPU that's on it's way. Everything went perfectly fine, and I got Windows loaded up on it, and was transferring files from my old HDD and installing drivers on it. After I had everything off my old primary HDD I went back into the Windows disk and I formatted it completely. I then went to restart my computer and after loading in my mobo stuff it went straight to a black screen that now says "Reboot and select proper Boot device - or inset boot media in selected boot device and press a key". I went into BIOS and my primary boot device is my new SSD with Windows. It was working fine when I had Windows installed on my old HDD and I had the boot manager to select which drive I wanted to load it from.

Please help me, I can't even get into my PC!
 
Hey there, Ezenemy!

Did you unplug your HDD when you installed Windows on your new SSD?
I'd suggest to perform a new fresh install on the SSD, but this time unplug everything from the SATA ports, except the SSD (and potentially the CD/DVD-ROM optical drive).
Also make sure the SATA mode in the BIOS is set on AHCI, instead of IDE for the SSD.
You can also check this tutorial: http://www.overclock.net/t/664738/how-to-setup-ssd-boot-drive-with-secondary-hard-disc-optimization

Keep me posted with the results. Hope this helped.
SuperSoph_WD
 

Ezenemy

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I went into my BIOS and the SATA config was set to IDE and I switched it. But now it's saying BOOTMGR is Missing, Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.

 

Hi again, Ezenemy!

If you are using Windows 7, then I'd recommend to check this link:
https://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976?wa=wsignin1.0
This will let you correct this without reinstalling.
Here you will find other ways to troubleshoot this: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/bootmgr-is-missing.htm

However, I'd recommend reinstalling the OS now that the SSD's SATA mode is set to AHCI.

Hope this helps. Keep me posted! :)
SuperSoph_WD
 

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I reinstalled W7 on it after unplugging all of my other HDD's. Thanks a lot for the help.
 

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