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Laptop is not booting from SSD installed in place of DVD drive using Caddy

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HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I upgraded my HP- F2C09PA#ACJ (15-n 012tx) with Samsung  860 Evo 250 GB internal hard drive. 

I have used SSD+ Caddy and placed it in place of the optical drive.  After this, I cloned C-drive from HDD to SSD using the Samsung Migration Tool.   (Note: while setting up drive, I chose GPT option)

After this, 

1. I was able to boot from HDD by default.  

2. I was able to boot from SSD if I used "esc+ F9" option to change and select Boot Device. 

2.1)  In my boot devices option- I was able to see 3 options   

              (1)Boot from UEFI File, (2)Notebook Hard drive, (3)Notebook Hard drive. (notebook hard drive option was coming twice, is it weird? )

2.2) here I deduced,  the last Notebook hard drive was my SSD. 

3) boot was successful with  manual selection from SSD.

---- Now I wanted to boot by default from SSD -----

for this, I tried-

4) Changing boot order in bios option (F10)

5) in bios option, I was not able to see the SSD listed in the list of options in  'Legacy' and 'UEFI' boot priority.

5.1)  however, I saw  option of internal CD/DVD drive. Since my SSD was using same SATA point as DVD drive was using- I gave it 1st priority and 2nd to 'OS Boot manager' in both 'Legacy & UEFI' [Here,  Legacy support was enabled]

 --> still it did not work😞

5.2)Again in the bios option,  I disabled Legacy Support and tried  --> Still it did not work, 😞 instead, it was showing - ' no boot device found'  What could be the problem in this case?

5.3) Another question- In some videos, i saw that 'OS boot Manager' option was having a little triangle '>'infront of it - upon clicking the OS Boot manager- they could see HDD, SSD.  In my case it was not happening.  Is this also a problem or does it depend on the laptop's manufacturer?


------------- One last option tried---------

6. Since, I am able to boot from SSD using esc+F9 - i.e. by selecting manually the boot drive- 

I thought - if boot from SSD then deleting the HDD's OS installation partition could make the bios see- only one bootable drive and it would boot from the SSD.  Same I read somewhere in other forums. 


7. So, I did exactly, I booted from SSD then I formated the partition of HDD where windows were installed.   (btw, while formating it told that the partition is in use 😁

8. after formatting, I tried rebooting -->   it did not work!!!  😐  . 

9. rather, I saw a blue screen- saying  'Recovery' -  'your PC needs to be repaired'

10. After this, I tried again using esc+ F9

10.1)  Here, again, I saw Notebook Hard Drive twice (same as mentioned in (2.1) ). Again I selected, "Notebook hard drive" to boot from SSD.  -> thankfully, at least i was able to boot into the OS  from SSD (Although manually again!) 🙄


11. I am trying not to replace the SSD with HDD physically - just because its difficult and doing it by self is risky and I am not sure that would work. 

------------- Now hopes on this forum -----------------------

Can anyone suggest a solution?     

(Is there any issue because of  using GPT instead of MBR? )


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I reviewed your post and I understand that the computer is not booting from the SSD automatically.


Don’t worry, I assure you I will try my best to get this sorted.


I recommend you remove the HDD from the computer and boot only with the SSD this will make the SSD the master drive. Once the computer boots normally then turn off the computer and install the HDD and test.


In case if you are still facing issues, then you need to install the SSD in the HDD place and move the HDD to the caddy.


Let me know how it goes and you have a great day!


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