Cloned M.2 Boot SSD to Sata SSD, How do I boot to the cloned drive?

  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1

    Cloned M.2 Boot SSD to Sata SSD, How do I boot to the cloned drive?

    My Windows is Windows 10 Pro Version 1909.

    I have a Western Digital SN750 M.2 NVME SSD. It has my Windows 10 Installation and a Data Partition. I recently bought a Samsung 960 Evo which is a Sata SSD. They are both 1 TB. I used the Samsung Data Migration Tool to Clone my Boot Drive to the Samsung Drive. When it finished, my laptop rebooted and then failed to boot. After a couple restarts it automatically booted into recovery, I told it to exit and boot into Windows and It did. When I go into Disk Management, this is what I see. (See attached Image)
    SSD 1(M.2 Boot Drive) contains the (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition), while SSD2(Samsung Evo) is only a primary Partition.

    Do I need to change something in the MBR? Do I need to repeat the process with a different cloning software? When I attempt to manually boot to the Samsung EVO, I cannot. It is not listed in the BIOS, Boot Device List or the UEFI Bootloader.
    Cloned M.2 Boot SSD to Sata SSD, How do I boot to the cloned drive?-capture.png

    I do not want to open my Laptop again to disconnect my Nvme SSD. It is a pain in the butt and destroys the rubber pads each time I do it. Help Greatly Appreciated.

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    I realize that this should probably be moved to the Backup/Restore Thread. So I am marking it as solved and reposting it there.
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  2. Posts : 6,968
    windows 10

    Have you set in the bios to boot from new drive? The problem often is you have to drives the same as the signatures on the disk will be the same and they dont run well together the only solution is to disable or remove the old drive and see if the new one boots. The other problem is on some MB if you have the nvme drive it knocks out some ports
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  3. Posts : 3,678
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2

    In Disk Management, first Rename SSD 2, right click the E: drive and rename it to something different so not to get confused.
    As stated, boot into Setup (Bios) go to the Boot tab Move the M.2 SSD 1 lower in the boot order, and Move SSD 2 to First Boot Device. Save and Exit. This now should boot to SSD 2. If not, then you will have to remove the M.2 SSD.
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  4. Posts : 17,349
    Windows 11 Pro

    It sounds like you want to boot into the Windows partition on SSD2 (Which is currently E: drive?) The first step would be to at least get that to boot, so the command for that (in a Command Prompt with Admin privileges) would be:
    bcdboot E:\Windows
    Let's get you booted into SSD2, then we work on straightening out the EFI System Partition the computer is actually booting from.
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