Unable to clone new SSD for System Disk

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  1. Posts : 46
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    Unable to clone new SSD for System Disk


    Hi,

    I have purchased a Crucial MX500 to increase storage over the existing 250GB SSD

    I have tried to use Crucial's clone software (Acronis), and also Media Creation but the clone fails every time, (well it doesn't fail but the new SSD is not bootable).

    I have run chkdsk for the old SSD in it's numerous forms and it all passes, but after the clone Windows does not recognise the new SSD as a system disk.

    Crucial have run out of ideas and told me to do a fresh install on the new SSD, but with 80 programs on it that I will have to load up I'd rather not have to do that.

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  2. Posts : 1,523
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    Did you remove the old SSD before you try booting with the new cloned one? When you clone a drive it has the same disk signature as the old one and this confuses the BIOS during the boot process.
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  3. Posts : 46
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    SoFine409 said:
    Did you remove the old SSD before you try booting with the new cloned one? When you clone a drive it has the same disk signature as the old one and this confuses the BIOS during the boot process.
    Yes I did, on boot it just comes up with system disk not found.
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  4. Posts : 1,523
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    There are lots of posts involving issues with cloning. For that reason I’ve always used image backup and restore from Macrium Reflect. You’ll need to create a Macrium USB Rescue disk to be able to boot the PC with the new SSD installed. After that then simply restore the backed image and if should boot just fine. I think Macrium will allow you to expand the OS partition to use the extra space on the new SSD during the restore operation. If not then you’ll need something like MiniTool to do that.
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    You shouldnt have to keep redoing it , or messing around with making images and restoring, and making all those unnecessary writes to the disk. It is likely easily fixable.

    Post a disk management screenshot showing the source and cloned disks.
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  6. Posts : 8,218
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    You are cloning ALL the drive not just c?
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  7. Posts : 46
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    SIW2 said:
    You shouldnt have to keep redoing it , or messing around with making images and restoring, and making all those unnecessary writes to the disk. It is likely easily fixable.

    Post a disk management screenshot showing the source and cloned disks.
    C: is my current system disk, no data
    D: is my data disk
    F: is my data copy disk
    E: is the new SSD that I want to make into my new system disk, complete with all the programs on it.

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    Samuria said:
    You are cloning ALL the drive not just c?
    It just asks what disk to clone from and to, not "C:"

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    SoFine409 said:
    There are lots of posts involving issues with cloning. For that reason I’ve always used image backup and restore from Macrium Reflect. You’ll need to create a Macrium USB Rescue disk to be able to boot the PC with the new SSD installed. After that then simply restore the backed image and if should boot just fine. I think Macrium will allow you to expand the OS partition to use the extra space on the new SSD during the restore operation. If not then you’ll need something like MiniTool to do that.
    When I install the new SSD I assume I just swap it out with the old one, boot into Macrium reflect and restore to the new SSD?
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    SteveKent said:
    When I install the new SSD I assume I just swap it out with the old one, boot into Macrium reflect and restore to the new SSD?
    Correct
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  9. Posts : 4,702
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    copy bootsect.exe into your windows\system32 folder
    bootsect10x86.zip
    bootsect10x64.zip

    then at admin cmd prompt type:
    bootsect /nt60 all /mbr
    (then press enter)

    Then shutdown and
    EITHER detach all the other disks ( make sure you detach disk0 as well ).
    OR swap the sata connectors for disk0 and disk3.
    OR ( simplest) use the one time boot menu and select your new mx500.
    On my machine tapping F12 at post brings up the one time boot menu. Yours might be a different key

    Check if it boots up.

    disk3 is online in your screenshot,so depending on what acronis has done, you might then need to fix the os letter as well, which is a 3 second job.
    Last edited by SIW2; 04 Jul 2021 at 08:05.
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  10. Posts : 46
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    Thread Starter
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    SoFine409 said:
    There are lots of posts involving issues with cloning. For that reason I’ve always used image backup and restore from Macrium Reflect. You’ll need to create a Macrium USB Rescue disk to be able to boot the PC with the new SSD installed. After that then simply restore the backed image and if should boot just fine. I think Macrium will allow you to expand the OS partition to use the extra space on the new SSD during the restore operation. If not then you’ll need something like MiniTool to do that.
    Hi,

    Thanks for this, it's worked but as you intimated the SSD is divided, how do I get the 232GB back?

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    Edit

    It's OK I used AOMEI to combine them.

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    Thank you for all your help, it's all done and dusted now.

    Using the image backup and booting into the rescue disk to restore the image, then using AOMEI to merge the partitions worked.
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