Question Cloned hdd to ssd with Macrium - windows didnt load , now i reinstalled only old hdd w/o ssd and windows is working with all files.

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Now as my windows started with my old hdd reinstalled back with everything as it were , i assume i made a mistake while cloning or something is not done right what am i supposed to do if i want to move everything to ssd and remove old hdd and make it work this time. When i had only ssd installed after cloning yday it recognized my ssd in bios but gets stuck when windows was loading and black screens after that
heres a pic of disk managment currently on my old hdd View: https://imgur.com/a/7GAY3qE
 

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What size/make/model is the new SSD?

Since the system runs as original, redo the clone operation:

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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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nddz

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What size/make/model is the new SSD?

Since the system runs as original, redo the clone operation:

-----------------------------
Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
-----------------------------
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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SSD is Kingston 240gb A400 and my current HD is MBR is that an issue or do i have to change it to GPT in order for ssd to work
 
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Advisable, but not required.
This isn't true, the source and destination disks need to use the same partition table type otherwise the disk won't boot (I imagine you don't have UEFI boot enabled, or it's not supported).

Convert the SSD to MBR and cloning again would be the easiest. You can convert it to GPT after if you need, but make sure your BIOS supports GPT/EUFI, and UEFI boot is enabled.
 

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This isn't true, the source and destination disks need to use the same partition table type otherwise the disk won't boot (I imagine you don't have UEFI boot enabled, or it's not supported).

Convert the SSD to MBR and cloning again would be the easiest. You can convert it to GPT after if you need, but make sure your BIOS supports GPT, and UEFI boot is enabled.
Right. I read that as he needed to change the HDD to GPT first, then clone.
 

nddz

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What size/make/model is the new SSD?

Since the system runs as original, redo the clone operation:

-----------------------------
Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
-----------------------------
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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My God i actually did it , i restarted twice to make sure it works and it does , now for the old drive you said to wipe all partitions later on , but is it required for sure because i don't wanna ruin anything bascially i never done this before and i got no clue how to do it unless you instruct me how that works. Thank you Sir!
 

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Assuming you've verified 100% that the new drive works all by itself, wipe the old one.

Commandline function diskpart and the clean command is the fastest way to ensure it is ALL gone.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-clean-and-format-storage-drive-using-diskpart-windows-10

Be absolutely sure of which drive you are accessing when you do this.
 

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