I cloned my ssd but It Won't Boot!

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I recently cloned my ssd (Samsung 850 Evo 250gb) And when I go to check it, it says it has all the folders in it from my hard drive including the windows folder. But whenever I set it to #1 Boot Priority and try to boot with it. It'll give me a message saying change boot option even though it has windows cloned onto it. Should I delete all my old folders on my HDD or What Im just really confused. (PS: I used the EaseUS Backup Free Tool to clone)
 

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You've done something wrong with the clone operation.
At the end of that, you NEED to power off, disconnect the old drive, and allow it to try to boot fromt he new drive.
Possibly you left off the boot partition?

Assuming the system still works with the old drive, redo the operation completely

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 as necessary.
Delete the 450MB Recovery Partition, here:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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You've done something wrong with the clone operation.
At the end of that, you NEED to power off, disconnect the old drive, and allow it to try to boot fromt he new drive.
Possibly you left off the boot partition?

Assuming the system still works with the old drive, redo the operation completely

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 as necessary.
Delete the 450MB Recovery Partition, here:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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Whatever you do, DO NOT delete anything, especially not on the original source drive. That will make it so that you will be guaranteed to be unable to boot from the original and the new SSD.
 
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kk doing this right now
 
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I followed all these steps yet i still get the same message as i said before.
 
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I get Online,Properties,Help and Yes i swapped the sata ports
 

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Select Online.
Power off
Disconnect the old HDD
Power up
See what happens
 
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It Worked! Anything else I should do other than plug back in the old harddrive?
 
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How should I wipe it?
 

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See the last section in my steps above.
 
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Ok im pretty sure i found it through that link Thanks for the help!
 
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I’m having this exact same issue cloning from a ssd to m.2 however I cannot boot from the source drive or the m.2 please help
 
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