HDD wont boot windows after cloning

CHRlS

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As of now I have tried cloning 2-3 times, each time getting the same outcome. I power down, unplug my source drive, and when it boots it says "reboot and select a proper boot device". I rebooted and went to bios and changed my boot options to my destination disk and just get the message again.

My source disk is 200GB (185GB) and the destination disk is 500GB. After cloning to my destination disk, it created 4 extra partitions 1 is 100MB system reserved, 2 are 450MB, and one being 279GB unallocated. http://prntscr.com/g7jglh (disk 0 is source, disk 1 is my SSD nothing but games on it, and disk 2 is my destination)
 
1. System reserved partition on cloned disk is not active. It must be made active, before you can boot from it.

2. Also you have to fix bootloader on the cloned drive using command bcdboot (from elevated command prompt).
  • bcdboot f:\windows /s e:
Fix those 2 things first, then disconnect all the other drives, leaving only cloned one and try to boot your system.
 

Phillip Corcoran

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The 100MB "System Reserved" partition on Disk 2 is not marked as "Active", that's why it won't boot.

You need to make it "Active" same as the corresponding source partition (you can do that in Disk Management) , then unplug the source drive, set the destination drive as the first boot device in the BIOS, it should then boot successfully.
 
1. System reserved partition on cloned disk is not active. It must be made active, before you can boot from it.

2. Also you have to fix bootloader on the cloned drive using command bcdboot (from elevated command prompt).
  • bcdboot f:\windows /s e:
Fix those 2 things first, then disconnect all the other drives, leaving only cloned one and try to boot your system.
 
Hi


tell us what version of Windows and what clonning program used

for some reason the first patition on the new drive not cloned correctly

It maybe that booting off a windows dvd or usb and only the new hard disk present the problem with first partition not being active can be fixed by an automated repair (or manual repair for older windows)

regards
Mike Barnes
 

CHRlS

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This did the trick, but upon booting I received a windows 10 error saying that winload.exe was missing. I'm guessing this had to do with the cloning process in Macrium Reflect.
 

CHRlS

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Thanks a lot for the help! Also is there a way to merge the two partitions http://prntscr.com/g7kln3 so I just have one drive that is 400gb? I used this hard drive in the past as a secondary drive before and it was 1 whole partition so im not sure why its like this now.
 

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