Resolved - Windows Won't Boot from SSD

Written by Lucy John on April 18, 2023

“Hi guys, I recently replaced a hard disk with a new SSD in my computer. It was working fine till yesterday, but today morning my Windows Operating System is not booting from the SSD. Due to this issue, i couldn't access the files stored in the SSD. How to resolve this issue? Please help me..!"

Usually, any OS fails to boot from SSD when there is something wrong with the SSD. May be it's due to file system corruption, deleted or inaccessible system files, severe virus or harmful threat infection, bad sectors on thee SSD, partitioning errors, etc.

If you are running into the same problem, and trying to fix the issue on your own, then don't worry! Follow these solutions to fix SSD Won't boot issue on your Windows computer.

Solution 1: Boot Windows from BIOS

Step 1: Use a SATA cable to connect the SSD to your woring computer

Step 2: Restart your PC. Continuously press a specific key (usually F2, F8, F12, Del) to enter into BIOS Setup

Step 3: Now, use the arrow keys to select the Boot option. Here, you can change the boot order to boot from the cloned SSD

Solution 2: Fix the BCD Error to Make the SSD Boot

MBR and GPT SSD have different steps, find the solutions respectively to solve the BCD error and then boot from your SSD.

1 - The SSD is MBR

Step 1. If the system partition doesn't have a drive letter, assign one for it.

Step 2. Run Command Prompt as administrator.

Here, we suppose the system partition is E: Then, run the command:

bcdedit /store E:\boot\bcd

Check that the System and boot pointers are correct after running. If they are not correct, use the /set command to fix them. For example, if the system partition should be M: it becomes E: You can follow this to fix it:

Bcdedit /store M:\boot\bcd /set {bootmgr} device partition=M:

2 - The SSD is GPT.

Step 1. Set the partition ID as basic ID.

The BCD mode on the GPT system is similar to the MBR, except that the GPT system disk is an EFI partition. You need to modify the partition ID to the Basic data partition ID by using the Diskpart set command on the EFI partition.

set id=ebd0a0a2-b9e5-4433-87c0-68b6b72699c7

Step 2. Assign the drive letter and view BCD information

Then assign the drive letter. If the assigned drive letter is M:, then run the BCD edit command to view the BCD information.

bcdedit /store M:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD

If the partition is pointed to an error, use the /set command under BCD edit to modify it correctly. The modification is the same as that in the MBR.

If there is a startup problem after modifying the BCD correctly, you need to check the Active partition is set for the MBR disk while the GPT system disk needs to add the startup item. If you still have the problem, you can also contact us.

If you are not able to boot the SSD drive, then you should keep your device powered off until you diagnose the reasons for it. Attempting to boot damaged SSD drive can cause more damage to it due to which the complexity of data recovery increases. In order to restore your vital data from unbootable SSD drive, you need to connect the drive to a healthy system as external drive. Then, install and run the recovery application on a healthy PC to recover your precious data when SSD drive won’t boot.

However, if the above two manual solutions doesn't work out, then first safeguard all your files from SSD with powerful data recovery software. Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is one such trusted and powerful data recovery tool that can recover files from unbootable SSD.

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Procedure to recover data when SSD won’t boot on Window PC:


  • Keep an additional copy of your precious data from SSD drive on any other reliable storage device
  • Avoid conducting file transfer process when frequent power fluctuate or surge happens
  • Install good security application on your SSD drive to free it from virus or harmful threat infection

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