Question Power off went during cloning process

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Please help, power went off while cloning my drive at around 30% progress and I now it seems the boot files moved to the target drive (now marked system reserved D) and goes straight to recovery screen when trying to boot & the source drive doesn't have OS anymore, I'm only able to boot my PC if all drives are connected
 

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What cloning tool are you using?

A clone operation does not MOVE the data from one drive to the other. It duplicates on the target drive.
It leaves the source drive alone, for you to delete later.
 
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What cloning tool are you using?

A clone operation does not MOVE the data from one drive to the other. It duplicates on the target drive.
It leaves the source drive alone, for you to delete later.
Hi thanks for the quick reply I was using macrium
 

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Hi thanks for the quick reply I was using macrium
Then the source drive is still intact.

Verify the boot order. Your original drive should be first.
Then the system should boot up no problem.

Then, 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
Both drives must be the same partitioning scheme, either MBR or GPT
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung target SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, you may need to 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

Verify the system boots with ONLY the current "C drive" connected.
If not, we have to fix that first.

Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive

[Ignore this section if using the SDM. It does this automatically]
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 specify the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
[/end ignore]

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD. This is not optional.
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD

(swapping cables is irrelevant with NVMe drives, but DO disconnect the old drive for this next part)
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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Oct 6, 2022
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But when I'm having only my old drive in it says and turn on the machine it says an operating system wasn't found but with the newer one goes to Recovery
 
Oct 6, 2022
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Then the source drive is still intact.

Verify the boot order. Your original drive should be first.
Then the system should boot up no problem.

Then, 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
Both drives must be the same partitioning scheme, either MBR or GPT
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung target SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, you may need to 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

Verify the system boots with ONLY the current "C drive" connected.
If not, we have to fix that first.

Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive

[Ignore this section if using the SDM. It does this automatically]
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 specify the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
[/end ignore]

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD. This is not optional.
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD

(swapping cables is irrelevant with NVMe drives, but DO disconnect the old drive for this next part)
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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But when I'm having only my old drive in it says and turn on the machine it says an operating system wasn't found but with the newer one goes to Recovery
 
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One then I put the second one I was going to got clone the first one on .. so I had two drives at the time of cloning process
 

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One then I put the second one I was going to got clone the first one on .. so I had two drives at the time of cloning process
Well, if it does not boot from only the original drive, then the power cut may have corrupted the data.

This is when you recover from a full drive backup you made before this happened.
or
Time for a fresh OS install on the new drive.
 
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Well, if it does not boot from only the original drive, then the power cut may have corrupted the data.

This is when you recover from a full drive backup you made before this happened.
or
Time for a fresh OS install on the new drive.
Ugh!😢😪🙆🏽‍♂️ Is there no other option.... What I'm seeing here is that the other drive which is the newest is being used as boot up drive because the system does power up properly when they both connected
 

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Ugh!😢😪🙆🏽‍♂️ Is there no other option.... What I'm seeing here is that the other drive which is the newest is being used as boot up drive because the system does power up properly when they both connected
If the system does not boot up with only the original drive, the data on it is corrupted. Probably from the power cut.
And it can't boot from the new drive, because the clone is not complete.
 
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If the system does not boot up with only the original drive, the data on it is corrupted. Probably from the power cut.
And it can't boot from the new drive, because the clone is not complete.
Yep that is what seem to be the case , can't I put the boot up!?? Partition back to the old drive?
 
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If the system does not boot up with only the original drive, the data on it is corrupted. Probably from the power cut.
And it can't boot from the new drive, because the clone is not complete.
I've tried a workaround this and I'll let you know if it works or fails .but basically what I've done is i clones it again but did not select the already existing partion on the far left (system reserved) and only marked the middle and last one (Active and primary) lmao I'm not sure what they exactly called
 

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