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  1.    03 Apr 2016 #31

    Hi there

    Right let's start again

    1) current system - you only want to clone the "C" partition -- OK that shouldn't be a problem - but DON'T use CLONE functionality.

    2) BEFORE starting format your SSD - it will need to be MBR of your current system is MBR and GPT if your current system is GPT.
    I suggest you attach the SSD to a USB port either with a USB2 or USB3--> Sata cable -- very cheap - in UK use Maplin or Amazon if you can't find one in a local store.

    3) Download BOOTABLE copy of FREE macrium and IMAGE (not CLONE) the "C" partition -- AND THE RESERVED system partition (Windows) to a backup device -- the "D" partition on your existing HDD would be good enough. When BOOTING the macrium program chose the BACKUP function first -- the GUI is fairely self explanatory.

    4) Now RESTORE the image you created to the SSD (both the "C" and the reserved partition.

    5) swap SSD and HDD in laptop

    6) Boot -- should be fine

    BTW you can also use that sata--USB connector on standard laptop HDD's too - so don't throw away when done - keep old HDD for things like backups etc.

    I've done this type of operation LOADS of times -- never a single problem. I assume of course that the SSD isn't defective.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    03 Apr 2016 #32
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    Totally agree! Image/restore was suggested early on Jimbo, but OP has no external drive to work with.
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  3.    03 Apr 2016 #33
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    Sorry to hear that this did not work for you........

    Wish you lived across the street so I could get my hands on your laptop.......I am sure there is a very simple fix to the problem.....
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  4.    03 Apr 2016 #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogart99 View Post
    it just loops around and around. After the first page the one asking for language, country and keyboard off it goes saying installing files etc etc etc then after the last process is ticked bingo back at screen asking for language country and keyboard again. I give up with
    When the computer reboots the first time during Windows install, just unplug the USB flash drive; if you miss it, just unplug the USB flash drive and reboot the computer from the SSD. Only the first stage of Windows setup, copying files, uses the installation media - the rest of Windows setup after the first reboot runs off the drive the files were copied to. You just still have the bios set to boot from the USB flash drive first, so with it inserted, it never gets to boot from the SSD to continue with Windows setup.
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  5.    03 Apr 2016 #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogart99 View Post
    First question here on 10 forum but used 7 forum lots. Anyway I am trying to clone the HDD? reduced partion to 450GB so as to be less than theSSD on my laptop. Trying to clone to a Samsung EVO 850 500GB. I have used the Samsung migration software and a version of EaseUS both give same error ie OS cannot be found. Now I think it is because the MBR is not being copied or if it is something is going wrong with it. This version of 10 was a free upgarde from8.1 for which I had a recovery stick but I have nothing to do the same on 10.
    Am I missing something obvious here?

    Thanks
    It didn't work for me ether, I had to do a reinstall
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  6.    03 Apr 2016 #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Right let's start again

    1) current system - you only want to clone the "C" partition -- OK that shouldn't be a problem - but DON'T use CLONE functionality.

    2) BEFORE starting format your SSD - it will need to be MBR of your current system is MBR and GPT if your current system is GPT.
    I suggest you attach the SSD to a USB port either with a USB2 or USB3--> Sata cable -- very cheap - in UK use Maplin or Amazon if you can't find one in a local store.

    3) Download BOOTABLE copy of FREE macrium and IMAGE (not CLONE) the "C" partition -- AND THE RESERVED system partition (Windows) to a backup device -- the "D" partition on your existing HDD would be good enough. When BOOTING the macrium program chose the BACKUP function first -- the GUI is fairely self explanatory.

    4) Now RESTORE the image you created to the SSD (both the "C" and the reserved partition.

    5) swap SSD and HDD in laptop

    6) Boot -- should be fine

    BTW you can also use that sata--USB connector on standard laptop HDD's too - so don't throw away when done - keep old HDD for things like backups etc.

    I've done this type of operation LOADS of times -- never a single problem. I assume of course that the SSD isn't defective.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hi
    Think I have done most of this.
    Tried cloning and imaging.
    System is GPT
    Done the attach with sata to USB
    Done Macrium failed
    I think I am missing very little to get it going but am despairing
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  7.    03 Apr 2016 #37
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  8.    03 Apr 2016 #38
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    Using MiniTool Partition Wizard - if you right click on the EFI System Reserved partition and select explore - do you see anything on it?
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  9.    03 Apr 2016 #39
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    Explore is greyed out.
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  10.    03 Apr 2016 #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogart99 View Post
    Explore is greyed out.
    That is most likely the problem. It should have an EFI folder in it, with Boot and Microsoft folders in the EFI folder.
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