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Can't add new SSD to BIOS boot order options

So I've been having a bit of an odd problem.

Background: I just upgraded and added an ssd to my computer rig, and tried to move my OS partition onto it. I had, when setting up my computer for the first time, created a separate 240gb partition on the 1tb drive for my OS, and left the rest for other files because I knew I would do this later on. The plan was to clone my primary C: partition onto the ssd when the time came, and expand the other partition to the max drive capacity.

Today, I did this by cloning the primary (C: ) and system reserve partitions to the new drive using Acronis True Image, and it all worked fine. I now have it set up and all programs work ok. However, this is where my issue lies: the bios will only detect the old drive (HDD) in the boot order options, and there is no way to configure it to boot into the SSD. For some reason, I am able to get around this by using the boot menu, as the SSD comes up as an option there. It just is not listed in the bios' boot order. I have tried switching the sata cables around and rebuilding the bcd, and neither worked. I also tried setting the C: partition as 'active' (rather than the System Reserved [100mb] one), and that just messed things up further by giving me a 'bootmgr is missing press ctrl+alt+del' error when booting.

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Any insight that you guys may have into this issue would be much appreciated!
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    Welcome to the community, HylianWarrior!

    I'm sorry to hear about your issues with the cloned SSD. I'd suggest you to check the SATA mode of the SSD in BIOS and make sure it's in AHCI. Another thing you should try is swapping the connections of the drives to the motherboard and make sure the SSD in the first available SATA port and the HDD is right next to it.
    I'd also check Disk Management and see if the SSD contains the right partitions from the cloned drive.

    Keep me posted! :)
    SuperSoph_WD
  2. SuperSoph_WD said:
    Welcome to the community, HylianWarrior!

    I'm sorry to hear about your issues with the cloned SSD. I'd suggest you to check the SATA mode of the SSD in BIOS and make sure it's in AHCI. Another thing you should try is swapping the connections of the drives to the motherboard and make sure the SSD in the first available SATA port and the HDD is right next to it.
    I'd also check Disk Management and see if the SSD contains the right partitions from the cloned drive.

    Keep me posted! :)
    SuperSoph_WD


    Ok, I can verify that the SATA mode is set to AHCI. I had swapped the SSD in to the P0 [SATA0] slot on the mobo, but all that happened was it found the old HDD in the other slot in the BIOS settings. It still did not detect the new drive. Again, I am able to boot into the SSD using the temporary boot options [F11] during startup, and it seems to work fine. You just have to do that every time because the mobo will not detect it in the boot order options.
  3. Hi again, HylianWarrior!

    This would be rather annoying to do each time. I'd suggest to try resolving the issue by resetting BIOS using one of the methods listed here: http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-Your-BIOS
    Though, keep in mind that this would get your BIOS settings back to factory defaults, so you'd need to re-configure them afterwards.

    I'd also check your motherboard manufacturer's website for any updates on the SATA drivers or the mobo firmware. However, for the latter you should be extremely careful because it would require updating/flashing the BIOS. An that is a rather sensitive procedure.

    Keep me posted though!
    SuperSoph_WD
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