Question How to make Drive Clone become the windows boot

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So I made a clone of my windows hard drive, but I don't know how to change windows to boot on it, so I can remove everything on the first hard drive. Now I have 2 drives with the same files
Here is a photo: View: https://imgur.com/ABlqWVe

System Specs:
CPU: i7-4770
GPU:RX 560 2GB
RAM:16 GB DDR3
Motherboard: Dell XPS 8700
SSD: Liteonit LMS-32L6M mSata 32GB
HDD: WDC WD5000AAKS-00UU3A0 500GB
HDD: STM3500418AS 500GB (Disk C:
PSU: Stock dell 460W
 

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What tool did you use for this clone?

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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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Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
This part is bold faced above and rightly so. Should be in blazing gold letters. It is the critical step. He says he has a clone, so taking him at his word, the issue is how to boot up on the clone. And as you say, just take everything out including the old SSD during the boot process. Then plug it in and mess with files or whatever.

In theory one can get the same result by changing boot order. But this is one of those situations where computers should be assumed to be even stupider than normal. Remove everything except the drive you want to boot, you have a better chance. And it's pretty much the case when installing an OS, too. Don't give the computer a chance to misunderstand what it must do.

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