cjgoddard
1 Copper

How to configure a new Samsung SSD as a boot drive

I would greatly appreciate any help or comments anyone can give me on the following difficulty.

My original PC is a DellXPS 8100, which cam equipped with dual 1 TB drives, configured as a single RAID disk of 1800 MB, plus a second small volume. I have added a Samsung SSD and wish to use this as a boot disc and repository for my operating system (Windows 7), all other data and files will reside on the original RAID disc.

I initially used the Data Migration and configuration software that comes with the Samsung SSD to clone my original c: drive - however, although a Recovery partition has been copied to the SSD, the NTFS primary still resides on he original c: drive - so I have the following active partitions (as shown my Macrium Reflect) :

Disc 1 (Original RAID disc) - NTFS primary with Win 7 OS (C: 254 GB), plus other logical partitions containing data

Disc 2 (Original RAID disc) - NTFS primary with some installed programs

Disc 3 (New Samsung SSD - 500 GB) - with Active Recovery partition (N: 9.6 GB) plus a NTFS primary partition with a copy of the OS

Although I have specified in the BIOS to boot from the Samsung SSD, the machine is still booting from the original hard drive.

I think my questions are :

How do I get the operating system to boot from the SSD ? - I can probably do this by re installing Windows, which at present I do not want to do as I have upgraded to Windows Ultimate (from the original Home version) and no longer have the upgrade disc.

Do I have to put the SSD as disc 1 in order to boot from it ?

I have saved ISO images of the OS and Recovery partitions - will these still work if re installed onto a different disc ? - i.e. could I wipe the original RAID drive (and create two 1 TB drive) and then copy the active OS and recovery partitions to the SSD and expect the system to boot ?

If I try to rerun the Samsung Data Migration software - it now selects the partitions C: and N: (as mentioned above) but say they are on the Samsung SSD and the target disc is blank, with a commpent saying please select Samsung SSD !

I will try and follow this up with Samsung, but cannot fnd a way to get support from them yet !

Many thinks in advance.

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Dell-Kuldeep M
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RE: How to configure a new Samsung SSD as a boot drive

Hi cjgoddard,

Cloning the drive may cause some issues and you may or may not be able to boot using the cloned drive.

It could be possible that the cloned SSD drive is not bootable and so the system boots using the conventional hard drive with the operating system.

Also, the cloned drive may not function in case the recovery partition is also cloned to the same drive.

I will suggest you to backup all your data and do a clean installation of the operating system on the SSD.

Please feel free to reply for any further assistance.

Thanks & Regards
Kuldeep M
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c102690
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RE: How to configure a new Samsung SSD as a boot drive

k. I just completed SAMSUNG EVO 500GB on a dell XPS 8700, win 8.1. Here's how I did it.

First....perform backup  or create restore disks.

shutdown the PC, connect the 500GB SSD in any open sata connector with a sata III cable. Don't touch original HDD that came with computer.

Boot your PC back up on the original HDD. Install Samsung data migration software. Run Samsung data migration software.

Ensure you select the C: partition on your original HDD as source, then SAMSUNG EVO as your target. Make sure the cloning is successful to 100%.

Shutdown your PC.

You need to disconnect original HDD from SATA 0. Connect the 500GB SSD on SATA 0. SATA 0 should be the cable where you disconnected the original HDD from. So, only the SSD should be connected now.

Power up your PC and keep hitting F2 (or DEL) to take you to BIOS setup. From BIOS, go to Advanced option, built-in controller settings and then SATA settings. The wordings might be different for your own DEll desktop. Change the SATA mode from "RAID" to "AHCI". F10 to save and reboot. You should now be able to boot successfully from your Samsung SSD.  Once you're back up in windows, install and run the Samsung other software that allows you to optimize your windows installation to run on SSD. Reconnect your original drive and configure as secondary drive. This is the point where I am with my newly purchased Dell XPS.

My final advice: Do not format the original HDD yet. Wait for a few weeks and make sure your SSD install is stable  and then you can format just the C: partition on the HDD. No need to mess with smaller partitions for drivers, etc that Dell created.

Hope this helps!

C102690

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