Cloned SSD won't boot


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #1

    Cloned SSD won't boot


    Hi,

    I cloned my HDD to an SSD I added to an M2 slot, but it won't boot. I have followed various guides to troubleshooting this without success. I've changed the boot order in the BIOS and checked it's in the right mode. I tried booting from a USB and using the Windows auto repair, also tried the various bootrec.exe commands - fixboot/scanos doesn't detect any Windows installations when I only have the SSD connected. I'm struggling to work out what to try next - would appreciate any help!

    Here's a screenshot of my disk management and also of Macrium. The disk I want to boot from is E, the bottom disk in both of these.

    Cloned SSD won't boot-disk-management.png

    Cloned SSD won't boot-macrium.png

    Running Windows 10 19041.508 if that makes a difference.

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 18,432
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Try running (in a command prompt with admin privileges):
    Code:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select part 2
    assign letter=w
    exit
    bcdboot E:\Windows /s W: /f UEFI
    Then reboot. What error do you get if it doesn't boot?
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  3. Posts : 2,141
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #3

    Try imaging instead
    - create Macrium recovery boot USB
    - image "old" drive (save image file to external USB)
    - swap out drives
    - boot from Macrium recovery USB, connect image USB
    - restore image to new drive

    A few more steps involved but often (frequently!) found image > re-image much more successful than cloning
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    NavyLCDR said:
    Try running (in a command prompt with admin privileges):
    Code:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select part 2
    assign letter=w
    exit
    bcdboot E:\Windows /s W: /f UEFI
    Then reboot. What error do you get if it doesn't boot?
    Gave this a crack but I still get the same error: BLinitializelibrary failed 0xc00000e - something to do with boot configuration data?

    Will try imaging instead.
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  5. Posts : 7,904
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    idgat said:
    Try imaging instead
    - create Macrium recovery boot USB
    - image "old" drive (save image file to external USB)
    - swap out drives
    - boot from Macrium recovery USB, connect image USB
    - restore image to new drive

    A few more steps involved but often (frequently!) found image > re-image much more successful than cloning
    I agree. There are frequent posts here about cloned disks not booting but no problems with the imaging approach.
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  6. Posts : 41,472
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #6

    It's ideal to have the recovery partition immediately to the right of the primary partition.
    Otherwise there can be multiple recovery partitions after an upgrade.
    If possible use an image.
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  7. Posts : 402
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
       #7

    well, back then when I got a 1 TB SSD to replace my 500 GB SSD as my OS drive, I had already imaged it via macrium reflect, and when I went and swapped the drives out and booted into the recovery media, I restored the image onto the new 1 TB drive, then went to the fix boot problems section of the recovery media

    It had me select what drive the OS was on, some other stuff, but after it ran, I booted the new drive up and it ran perfectly. Maybe something like that would help?
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  8. Posts : 2,799
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #8

    Please double check with MSI user manual to make sure that your MB support booting from a M2 slot. My MSI MB does have a M2 slot but can only be used as a data disk.

    Assuming that your MB does support booting from M2 slot:
    Your disk 0 layout is quite unusual: recovery partition has 3.69GB and 867MB for EFI system partition, this suggests that
    your Windows has been ugraded/updated from previous installation.
    Normally, both would have: 500MB Recovery and 100MB EFI system partition in size.

    There's nothing wrong with Disk Cloning except you have to realize that the EFI System partition which has the boot info for the disk 0, is also cloned and now contaning the same boot info for disk 1 which is wrong. That's why you have to rebuild the BCD as suggested by NavyLCDR and this will work most of the time. However, if your BCD in disk 0 is partially corrupted then it won't work.

    My suggestion is to delete then re-create the EFI partition then use bcdboot to create a brand new BCD, From Admin command prompt:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select par 2
    delete partition override
    create partition EFI
    format quick fs=FAT32
    assign letter=A
    exit
    bcdboot E:\Windows /s A: /f UEFI
    mountvol A: \D
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