Question BSOD after cloning from HDD to SSD

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Hi

Yesterday I've tried to clone my HDD to SSD using Macrium Reflect 7. The process was successful. Afterwards, I removed my HDD and placed SSD in its place but Windows 7 crashed at startup with BSOD 0x000000e.

I've read that it might be due to incompatible drivers and all it takes is to use an installation disc to repair Win7. The problem is that my Win7 was preinstalled, so I don't have any disc.

What are my options?

Best Regards,
Dan
 

Lutfij

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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

You're advised to reinstall the OS from scratch instead of cloning your drive. If you don't have an installer for Windows 7, you might want to consider migrating to a latter OS, yes it sucks but there aren't reliable sources to get an ISO for Windows 7 now.
 
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Is this really the only possibility? Is there no way to clone it properly? Why doesn't it work?

As far as I know, it's not possible to upgrade Windows 7 to a newer version, so I'm left with buying a new one?
 
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USAFRet

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What is the make/model of the target SSD?

When cloning works, its great. When it fails..:(

As far as I know, the free upgrade from a valid Win 7 to 10 still works. Even though the official free period ended long long ago.
 
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Crucial MX500.

Will cloning again or trying a different software make sense?

Could you tell me more about this free update?

But even if it was possible, how can I install it on a new drive?

What is the make/model of the target SSD?

When cloning works, its great. When it fails..:(

As far as I know, the free upgrade from a valid Win 7 to 10 still works. Even though the official free period ended long long ago.
 

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If you know the license key for your current OS, you can apply that to a new Win 10 install.
Belarc Advisor can probably retrieve that license key for you.
https://www.belarc.com/products_belarc_advisor

Cloning again?
You can try it (specific steps below). If it fails again...time for a clean install.



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Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
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Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive

If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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