Question Problem with Cloning SSD to HDD

Feb 19, 2019
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I ordered the Samsung 970 EVO PLUS SSD to put in my PC. I put it in my PC and it booted fine and i installed samsung magician. I have a load of info my current HDD that i wanted to clone to the SSD and the space wasnt a problem. So i used Samsungs Data Migration software and no problems appeared when it finished. I then shutdown my computer and restarted it and tried changing the boot options to the new SSD since i had cloned it. When i clicked it I recieved a message along the lines of put in a valid boot drive option, so I had to boot from my HDD. I checked to see if the migration had worked and the storage in my ssd filled to the amount I cloned from my HDD. My problem is why the SSD is not appearing and why cant i boot with it and how should i go about this. Please be specific as i am not the most experienced with computers!

HELP !!!

Here are my parts:
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gmvVzY
 

USAFRet

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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 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

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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For going to a NEW NVMe drive, read this:
 
Feb 19, 2019
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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 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

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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For going to a NEW NVMe drive, read this:
I clicked your thread because the other info u gave me was if i had a standard SSD i think and in the thread it says if it is GPT layout to boot with UEFI mode. How do i boot with this mode. the reason i know its a GPT layout is becauase i remember when I initilised it i clicked this option. Can you highlight the method with the M2 SSD because the other person had many problems Would you be able to assist me?
 

USAFRet

Titan
Moderator
As stated above, at the end of the clone process you needed to power OFF, remove the old drive, and allow the system to try to boot up from the new drive by itself.
If that fails, then we go into deeper investigation.
 
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As stated above, at the end of the clone process you needed to power OFF, remove the old drive, and allow the system to try to boot up from the new drive by itself.
If that fails, then we go into deeper investigation.
ok i will clone my drive now using samsung data migration and try again
 
Feb 19, 2019
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ok i will clone my drive now using samsung data migration and try again
so i tried opening samsung data migration and it says i still have the migrated info on my disk even though i used the samsung magician to remove all the info after my first clone attempt. When i go into file explorer it says theres nothing in the ssd and i have full storage but in the data migrator it says i do ??? I tried reinstalling data migration but i am still getting the same result, any tips?
 

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