Question Will unformatted primary partition cause a problem when cloning?

Cjparra

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Hello everyone, I was just about to transfer all my data from my hdd to an ssd using Macrium Reflect when I noticed there was a 16mb unformatted partition on my ssd even though I don’t have anything downloaded on it. My question is will that partition cause any problems during the cloning process and if so how can I fix it? This is my first time ever cloning a drive so I guess I’m just a little worried. Thank you!
 

dwd999

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Hello everyone, I was just about to transfer all my data from my hdd to an ssd using Macrium Reflect when I noticed there was a 16mb unformatted partition on my ssd even though I don’t have anything downloaded on it. My question is will that partition cause any problems during the cloning process and if so how can I fix it? This is my first time ever cloning a drive so I guess I’m just a little worried. Thank you!
DO NOT MESS with Windows hidden partitions. Just let Macrium clone them as is. Macrium knows what its doing.
 

Lafong

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Tough for me to see the details in that picture.

Is that 16 mb partition on the SOURCE drive?

Or on the DESTINATION drive?

If it is on the latter, it will be overwritten and disappear during the cloning process?

If it is on the former, it should be carried over onto the destination drive.
 

Cjparra

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Tough for me to see the details in that picture.

Is that 16 mb partition on the SOURCE drive?

Or on the DESTINATION drive?

If it is on the latter, it will be overwritten and disappear during the cloning process?

If it is on the former, it should be carried over onto the destination drive.
It is on the destination drive, so it'll just go away once everything is transferred over?
 

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
Both drives must be the same partitioning scheme, either MBR or GPT
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung 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
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 specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
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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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Hello everyone, I was just about to transfer all my data from my hdd to an ssd using Macrium Reflect when I noticed there was a 16mb unformatted partition on my ssd even though I don’t have anything downloaded on it. My question is will that partition cause any problems during the cloning process and if so how can I fix it? This is my first time ever cloning a drive so I guess I’m just a little worried. Thank you!
It's not an unformatted partition, it's junk space to align sectors (partition alignment) to make the disk perform as it should.
 
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