Computer won't boot from cloned hard drive.

celery52

Honorable
Sep 6, 2013
3
0
10,520
1
I bought a ssd with the intent of cloning my hdd. I used Macrium Reflect and after some trial and error, got the process completed. Through the usb to sata cable, the computer is recognizing the new drive and all the data as F:.

When I swapped the drives, the bios says it can't boot because there's no hard drive. I put the old drive back in and checked disk management. The old drive says the main partition contains "boot, page file, crash dump, primary partition" while the primary section of the new drive just says "primary partition." The drive I was cloning was a little bigger in capacity, but I didn't fill up the drive anyway, so I reallocated the space in Macrium.

I assume that for some reason Windows 10 didn't get ported over to the new drive. In reading some similar threads that popped up, other people had luck using another cloning software. I'll give that a shot, but if anyone has suggestions in the mean time, comment away.
 

celery52

Honorable
Sep 6, 2013
3
0
10,520
1
I reformatted/repartitioned the ssd again to reclone the hdd with Macrium again. This time it got the OS as well and it seems to be working now. I can't say I have an explanation for it....I was going to boot off of the external hd I made into a recovery disk and windows came right up after I restarted with the ssd plugged into the internal sata.

I'm backing up pics, movies, and music again right now, but it seems things are solved.
 

celery52

Honorable
Sep 6, 2013
3
0
10,520
1
I tried AMOES or whatever it's called. I suppose I should have tried to swap the drives, but I didn't see the "boot" description in disk manager again. I'm making a Windows boot drive from an external hard drive I have to try to install Windows on the ssd first and then I'll reclone and try it that way.
 

TerryLaze

Commendable
May 9, 2016
116
0
1,710
40
Ever since windows 7 windows uses a separate partition for the boot files and all the info on how to start up the system are located there,you will have to either clone that partition as well or even better turn your cloned ssd drive into a boot partition.
If you want to try it out search for the community edition of easybcd.

Proper way of going about cloning a drive is to create the boot (recovery) partition first and then clone the windows partition to the remaining empty space.
 

celery52

Honorable
Sep 6, 2013
3
0
10,520
1
I reformatted/repartitioned the ssd again to reclone the hdd with Macrium again. This time it got the OS as well and it seems to be working now. I can't say I have an explanation for it....I was going to boot off of the external hd I made into a recovery disk and windows came right up after I restarted with the ssd plugged into the internal sata.

I'm backing up pics, movies, and music again right now, but it seems things are solved.
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
G Laptop Tech Support 1
D Laptop Tech Support 1
A Laptop Tech Support 0
Serea Laptop Tech Support 0
A Laptop Tech Support 2
K Laptop Tech Support 5
Exi Laptop Tech Support 1
T Laptop Tech Support 1
AmogusFan400 Laptop Tech Support 3
W Laptop Tech Support 4
luloona Laptop Tech Support 1
I Laptop Tech Support 2
JonasDL Laptop Tech Support 1
charizardt Laptop Tech Support 1
C Laptop Tech Support 1
Jake275 Laptop Tech Support 2
I Laptop Tech Support 2
H Laptop Tech Support 2
I Laptop Tech Support 1
M Laptop Tech Support 1
Similar threads
Question (Black screening constantly) DESKTOP NOT LAPTOP
Question Gaming computer and monitor integration with WFH laptop
Question I installed a new SSD so why is my entire computer going slower than before?
Question Overheating CPU/computer
Question Computer keeps freezing when i plug in USB devices
Question Computer Freezes
Question Why is my Computer making a clicking sound every1-2 seconds? What can I do to fix this issue, and pinpoint the cause?
Question Dual Monitors displaying different computers at once?
Question Laptop randomly freeze with 100% disk usage
Question Black screen but computer is on🤷‍♀️
Question i have the “ Alarco Gaming PC Desktop Computer Intel i5 3.10GHz” and i’m stuck on the aptio setup utility, help please?
Solved! How to put an OS on a vintage Sharp Actius MM10 sub-laptop computer that does not support USB Booting.
Solved! Computer screen problems, black screen and grey flicker.
Question Need help with 0xc000000e error during startup.
Question Computer crashes/freezes when playing games
Question New Aurora R12 Alienware computer running really bad (not a laptop) I dont know where to find help for PCs.
How To Clone a 512 Sector Hard Drive to 4096 Sector Hard Drive
don't know what screen you're on, but there's no 'clone' or 'multiple display choices!!!!!!!
Windows 7 laptop motherboard starting to fail, can I clone the hard drive and run it as a virtual machine on another computer?
Can i clone my hard drive and run the installed programs into other computer

ASK THE COMMUNITY