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    Added SSD, Moved everything, Windows still boots from HDD

    Greetings. Recently I added an SSD to my laptop that was dual booting Fedora 29 and Windows 10.

    I created 3 partitions on the SSD, a 100MB EFI for /boot/efi , one for Windows, and the rest of the SSD for Linux.

    I reinstalled Fedora 29 to the SSD. It populated the /boot/efi itself. Boots and runs well!
    I did a DD from the HDD windows partition to the new SSD windows partition (I had created them to be the exact same size)
    I also manually copied hdd's /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft to the SSD's /boot/efi/EFI since it did not exist at the destination.

    After a grub2 regen, the new Windows SSD partition is added to the grub2 menu.
    However when I boot from there, windows still uses the HDD to boot.

    I suspect something in /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft is telling which UUID to boot from.
    Any ideas how to edit this so it boots from its SSD partition instead?

    I looked at efibootmgr but that program seems to edit the BIOS entries, not the actual data in /boot/efi/EFI/Microsoft

    Many thanks, -t

    PS: Sorry this is more of a windows question, but I keep it around for games.
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    Re: Added SSD, Moved everything, Windows still boots from HDD

    Dear tkalfaoglu,

    May be you have to look into "bcdedit" in order to create a default boot entry for the second disk, but I have to admit that I have no experience at all with this command, so I can't give you details.

    In addition, as long as your SSD is seen as D: in Windows, all path's in the registry are wrong, so unless you're able to swap C: and D: either physically or via a Windows boot medium, I'm afraid dd is not the tool to copy a Windows installation...


    Good luck
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    Re: Added SSD, Moved everything, Windows still boots from HDD

    Thank you so much for your feedback. I will look into the bcdedit..

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    Re: Added SSD, Moved everything, Windows still boots from HDD

    SOLVED: I just reinstalled windows onto the SSD.. Since I only had a few things there, it was not painful at all.

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    Re: Added SSD, Moved everything, Windows still boots from HDD

    moved to hardware and laptops since you weren't really installing Fedora but cloning it. The Windows issue is still valid here as altering the efi boot list via bcdedit or efibootmgr (the linux way) affects both OS.

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