I am trying to move my Windows 7 partition (~80GB) to a 120 GB SSD. Currently I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a 500GB HDD, which came with Win7 pre-installed. I gather from what I've read elsewhere that when I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows, it overwrote the Windows master boot record and used GRUB to boot instead. This means that Windows can no longer boot without GRUB.
Basically, I want to know how to restore the windows MBR and successfully boot from the new SSD.
Here is what I've tried:
Clone Win7 partition to SSD using AOMEI backupper
Results: Complete failure to boot
Use Windows repair disk/Windows Bootable USB to repair MBR. I have tried automatic repair and BootRec.
Results: Neither was successful. Interestingly, BootRec/ScanOs did not detect Windows, though Recovery Environment itself did detect it.
Restore from Windows system image made by native imaging software.
Results: Recovery fails. I have attempted this multiple times. Sometimes I get"Active drive is too small for recovery." This should not matter, as the image restoration is supposed to format the disk anyway. I have also been told that "the parameter is incorrect." I have no idea what this means.