Question New SSD showing SATA ports but not Hard Drive Boot Priority

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Hi guys i need help its driving me mad.
I bought a brand new samsung 860 evo 250gb for my Acer Aspire xc-605 desktop. I have cloned the storage from my original hdd c drive to the new SSD using EASEUS. After cloning i restarted the computer, and gone to the bios but i dont see the new ssd shown under hard drive boot priority, but only under SATA Ports. My onboard sata mode is AHCI and my secure boot has been changed to disabled. I swapped the cables and the new sdd to be in sata port 1 only and tried to boot up and it ended in a black screen. Helps, i am on my wits end and i feel like dumping the whole computer into the bin, the only reason why i changed to a SSD is because my HDD is at a crawl, it is so slow it is unbelievable. Even right click makes the screen freeze a little. While switching the ports i encountered a RAM error beeping sound and i removed the one of the 8gb Ram and it was solved. Now after switching on and off it is on automatic repair, it is going to take 2-3hrs. And the usual start up takes 2 to 3 hrs too. Prior to this huge slowing down it was okay, did the windows update, got the black screen with cursor, restored it to an earlier date i managed to get to windows, but every start up takes 2 to 3 hrs. I spent the whole weekend on this to no avail. I’m on the brim of throwing this whole computer into the bin right now!!!

Original specs:
I7 4790 3.6ghz
16gb ddr3 ram
Geforce gt710
1tb hdd
 
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I have cloned the storage from my original hdd c drive to the new SSD
When the clone process completed, the very first thing you need to do is power off, physically disconnect the old drive, and allow the system to trey to boot up from only the new drive.

Did you do this?


Does the system work if you return it back to original config, without the new SSD?
If so, redo this 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)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
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

If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing

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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Feb 28, 2021
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When the clone process completed, the very first thing you need to do is power off, physically disconnect the old drive, and allow the system to trey to boot up from only the new drive.

Did you do this?


Does the system work if you return it back to original config, without the new SSD?
If so, redo this 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)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
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

If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing

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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Thanks mate, so i’ll have to “reformat” the new ssd, reclone it and allow the system to boot only from the ssd? Ok I’ll give it a shot.
 

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