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    Cloned drive won’t boot


    I copied my upgraded OS from a suspected failing 13yr-old Seagate 160GB (keeps crashing) onto a WDC 500GB using MiniTool Partition Wizard – How to migrate OS to SSD/HD, but the cloned drive won’t boot, it just shows a DOS screen with the letter j followed by a blinking curser. I disabled the Seagate drive in the BIOS to eliminate interference.

    Cloned drive is Disk 0.

    How do I fix this. Thanks.

    MOBO: ASUS P5G41T-M LX, Pentium Dual Core, 4GB Ram, Nvidia GeForce 610.

    Windows 10 Version 1909 Build 18363.657
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    Its a very bad move to clone a failing hard drive to a new drive it it had bad block it will have written them ontoo the new drive and cant be reversed and also you dont know what files are corrupted. if you remove the old drive disconect power will it boot then.

    If you get a gos prompt type explorer does it load then?
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  3. Posts : 358
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    MiniTool Partition Wizard, I would not use it to clone anything.
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  4. Posts : 38,372
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    1) Post an image of the drives using Mini Tool.

    2) Open administrative command and type or copy and paste: (all at one time)

    Code:
    bcdedit /enum all
    bcdedit | find "osdevice"
    reagentc /info
    diskpart
    lis dis
    lis vol
    sel dis 0
    det dis
    sel par 1
    det par
    sel par 2
    det par 
    sel par 3
    det par
    sel par 4
    det par
    sel par 5
    det par
    sel dis 1
    det dis
    sel par 1
    det par
    sel par 2
    det par 
    sel par 3
    det par
    sel par 4
    det par
    sel par 5
    det par

    3) When these have completed > right click on the top bar or title bar of the administrative command prompt box > left click on edit then select all > right click on the top bar again > left click on edit then copy > paste into the thread
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  5. lx07's Avatar
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    Looks like you copied the contents OK from disk 1 to disk 0 (the space used is the same anyway).

    Now try bcdboot to set the boot files.

    You want bcdboot C:\Windows /s D: as D: is the active partition on disk 0 that you want to boot from.

    Then shut down, remove the old drive, and restart.
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
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    I would use Macrium Reflect Free to image the installation to an external drive or spare internal drive - also make a Reflect USB recovery drive. Then install the SSD, boot to the Reflect recovery drive and recover the image file to the new SSD.
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    Thanks for the help, guys. I attempted the advice in the order of level of difficulty -

    @Samuria, when I typed explorer after the letter j nothing happened. Had to press the power button to exit the DOS screen.

    @lx07, I used the bcdboot command and it completed successfully, however, the target partition E, still did not show the presence of boot files.

    @zbook, I have attached a thumbnail of the drives using MiniTool, and also attached the results from the bcedit command.

    @Steve C, I am still trying to confirm if this P5G41T mobo can power an SSD as it has no AHCI support, even though the manufacturer has indicated it can. In the meantime I'm trying to clone to a spare WDC 500GB, and will attempt your suggestion to use Macrium Reflect.

    Thanks again.

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  8. Samuria's Avatar
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    Part of the problem is having the old drive in as the signature will be the same on both drive so windows will be confused
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
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    The system files are not on the new drive, Disk 0. Not sure if they should show up on Disk 0 if you are booted into Disk 1, it`s been so long. But I`d say that`s the problem.

    And the system reserved partition on Disk 0 should not have a letter.
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  10. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Your new cloned Windows OS is E: drive on disk 0. @lx07 has the correct command. However, the command should be: E:\Windows instead of C:\Windows.
    Try:
    bcdboot E:\Windows /s D: ====> Build a new BCD in D: (System Reserved) to boot Windows from E: drive.
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