Question Windows can't recognize or read devices, upgraded from samsung 970 evo nvme to samsung 980 pro nvme

Feb 14, 2021
I had a samsung 970 plus nvme installed with windows, I upgraded to samsung 980 pro nvme. My goal was to clone 970 files with windows 10 to my new 980 pro. I selected all partitions of 970 and cloned to a blank 980. I then tested the 980.. everything worked fine. Booted into windows 10 off of the 980, and went into disk management and deleted all partitions from the previous 970 installed. As soon as I restarted the computer, windows gives me a blue screen error saying that it cannot recognize or read devices. I have scoured the internet looking for a solution, and everything within that blue windows screen I have tried to do and nothing will work, not even automatic repairs. At this point I have a clean copy of windows 10 installed onto the 970, so that I can use the computer and access Macrium. I have read a few things online telling me to go into restore on macrium and it should say fix windows boot errors, but I do not have the option to do so. If it helps, I am still able to see on my fresh copy of windows, that everything is still cloned to my 980 including my primary partition with all of my data.
when cloning is done u have to remove old drive before booting
boot record needs to be repaired now
unplug all drives, keep just cloned drive (980 pro)
boot into windows installation media
click on those to get to command prompt:
repair your computer -> troubleshoot -> advanced options -> command prompt
then type:
select disk 0
list vol (here note number of efi partition volume, its FAT32)
sel vol <here insert that nuber> (for example: sel vol 2)
assign letter=X:

cd /d X:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\
bootrec /fixboot
del BCD
c:\Windows /l en-us /s C: All

replace c:\windows if u have different windows folder name
replace en-us to another locale if u have localized windows
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Mar 16, 2013
My goal was to clone 970 files with windows 10 to my new 980 pro.
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.