Cloned an SSD but it won't boot no more!!  

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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #11

    topgundcp said:
    By comparasion the partition sizes of the output between Gparted and diskpart, They match ie. sda1->sda6 are the same as partition 1->partition 6.
    As mentioned above, there should be only one EFI System partition used to store the Boot code (BCD) to boot into Windows.

    Partition 3 is the 260MB EFI System partition.
    Partition 5 is your 202GB Windows OS. When boot into WinPE the drive letter changes from C to D and it does not matter.

    Here's what we need to do:
    1. Boot up WinPESE and run diskpart:
      diskpart
      select disk 0
      select par 1 ===> This is the first EFI System partition labeled as SONYSYS
      set id=EBD0A0A2-B9E5-4433-87C0-68B6B72699C7 ===> This will set partition 1 as a normal NTFS partition. This will not erase the content of the partition
      select par 3 ===> this is the 260MB EFI System partition
      format fs=NTFS quick ===> Format this partition
      assign letter=Z ===> assign letter Z to this partition to be used to rebuild the BCD on next step.
      exit
    2. Again, from admin command prompt, we will rebuild the BCD code for the EFI System partition. Note that under WinPE, D: drive is your Windows OS. Type:
      bcdboot D:\Windows /s Z: /f UEFI ====> This will rebuild the BCD
      mountvol Z: /D ===> Remove letter Z: from EFI System partition. We no longer need
    3. Reboot the PC. You should be able to boot into Windows. If not, that means there's something else is wrong with Windows OS itself.


    NOTE: Each step above must run successfully. Watch for the spaces in between each command.
    Did all that but with no luck.
    On the set id command, that should make the partition 1 as NTFS, after that if I make list volume, the volume 0, that represents partition 1, it still says that is FAT32. Shouldn't be the opposite ?!
    Also, why partiton 3 is formated as NTFS?! I've search internet and also on other computers that I have, all of them EFI is a FAT32. I even repeated all the steps, but instead of format partiton 3 as NTFS, I formated as FAT32 but even then it didn't made any difference.
    I guess I'm going to install a fresh windows 10 and after the instalation going to try to restore only the main partiton of the current drive to the new instalation to see if it works.
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  2. Posts : 2,798
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #12

    I am sorry I goofed, It is my mistake. Partition 3 should be formatted as FAT32 and still is EFI System partition. Just re-do the step:
    select par 3 ===> this is the 260MB EFI System partition
    format fs=FAT32 quick ===> Format this partition

    then all the steps after.

    NOTE: Parttion 1 is fine as regular FAT32 file system. We changed the ID so it is no longer an EFI system partition type.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 04 Feb 2020 at 22:57.
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  3. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #13

    topgundcp said:
    I am sorry I goofed, It is my mistake. Partition 3 should be formatted as FAT32 and still is EFI System partition. Just re-do the step:
    select par 3 ===> this is the 260MB EFI System partition
    format fs=FAT32 quick ===> Format this partition

    then all the steps after.

    NOTE: Parttion 1 is fine as regular FAT32 file system. We changed the ID so it is no longer an EFI system partition type.
    As I previous said, that I also did, by formating in FAT32 and still didn't boot. Tried right now again the same corrected steps (no ntfs format nor setid on partition1), but the same. Going to the hard way
    Last edited by onesolo; 05 Feb 2020 at 11:46.
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  4. Posts : 2,798
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #14

    Did you get any error message ?
    If you wish to rebuild everything as if it is fresh install with partition layout as shown: 529MB Recovery, 100MB EFI System, 16MB MSR and C drive.

    Boot up WinPE


    1. Use Macrium to backup C drive and verify to make sure the backup is good.
    2. Run diskpart as follows:
      diskpart
      Select disk 0 ====> Make sure the disk# selected is the one you work on. else change #
      clean
      convert GPT
      create partition primary size=529 ===> create Recovery partition
      format quick fs=ntfs
      set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC override ===> set ID to be Recovery type
      gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
      create par EFI size=100
      assign letter=P ====> temporary assign lettter P
      format quick fs=FAT32
      create par MSR size=16
      create partition primary
      format quick fs=ntfs Label="WIN10_GPT"
      assign letter=Q ===> Temporary assign letter Q
      exit

      The above will create the first 3 partitions on the GPT disk and an empty Q partition
    3. Use Macrium to restore the backup from step 1 to Q partition
    4. From Macrium, click on "Fix Windows boot problems" then reboot.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 05 Feb 2020 at 12:59.
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  5. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #15

    topgundcp said:
    Did you get any error message ?
    none whatsoever during the all process. It formats ok the partiton, I go there and all, it's blank. Also the bdcboot copies everything fine into the partition, but it just doesn't work after the reboot.
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  6. Posts : 2,798
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #16

    @onesolo
    I just update post #14
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  7. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #17

    topgundcp said:
    @onesolo
    I just update post #14
    Ok, just formatted and installed windows 10 using the media creation tool. After that it boot it alright. Then I just used a Win10PE from the forum and restore the windows partition from a backup that I had used with Acronis TrueImage. All went fine after the restore of the partition.

    Thkx again for trying to help me.
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  8. Posts : 2,798
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #18

    Great. Thanks for reporting back.
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  9. Posts : 98
    Windows10
       #19

    Shouldn't when cloning a drive, Windows boot into the cloned drive ?
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