Question Cannot transfer Windows from old SSD to new SSD

mikael_schiffer

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I am currently using a ADATA 128GB SATA SSD for my C Drive (Windows Installation)
Due to space constraints i bought XPG SX6000 Lite 512GB NvMe SSD.
I used Easus Partition Master which has a Migrate OS to SSD/HDD feature

After doing the entire process as directed, i still boot into my older 128GB SATA SSD. From my Motherboard UEFI BIOS i tried to force boot from my NvME SSD, it still boots on the SATA SSD.
I tried a trick of disconnecting other storage components, trying to force only my NvmE to boot but i get a message Insert Bootable device and Windows cant boot

This is how my Disk Management looks now

I also tried using Macarium Reflect and its Clone feature. The result is the same. I basically get a new partition on my NvME SSD, which is just copy- paste of C drive, instead of being the NEW Windows C Drive (System Drive).

Please help me migrate to my new NvME SSD
 

kaehligj

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Yeah I had much grief myself trying cloning SSD's.
I am no expert, but this process seems to be very delicate and wants to throw itself downhill anytime you think you've got it.

My personal experiences:

1) Clean up the source drive very thoroughly, all unnecessary files, even apps you can quite easy re-install.
Use disk cleaner utilty and chrome cleaning.
When clearing cookies, keep your saved passwords though.

2) once the process tells you to restart, shut down your PC, remove the source drive.

3) on startup immediately invoke bios (uefi) to ensure your new drive appears and is selected as the boot drive.

4) save bios settings and restart.

I had a hard time on 4) where I forgot the save settings before I restarted a couple of times.
Hope this helps you.
 

USAFRet

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Try again, thusly:

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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
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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However, going from a SATA drive to NVMe can be problematic.
 

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