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Migrating to SSD
Posted: Posted December 23rd, 2016 by mariomguy

I purchased a 1 TB SSD to migrate my computer to. My original PC was an OEM. I successfully cloned my drive, and when I boot up the BIOS the SSD shows as drive C, but the computer still says it can't find the OS, even though my previous drive was cloned perfectly.

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If it's specifically saying it can't find an OS it's either not got an OS, got a damaged one or got something else set as a higher priority boot (I often see this with USB sticks) so it's worth making sure it's top of the boot order...

Something else to try is press F8 on boot and, assuming your bios doesn't have anything set to F8, it might give you a lost of options. One of which will be to repair windows, which will check for simple things like MBR/GPT and repair them if able... Suspect this won't work though if it can't find an OS in the first place. If you have a bootable repair disc you can alsp try this.

Assuming nothing went wrong with the cloning then my first guesses would be one of those.

Edited December 23rd, 2016 by Moonray
Moonray
 

Yeah, it was top boot order. Gets bypassed every time. Unplugged everything else, still gets no OS. I'll try F8 and see what that does.

Sandisk said it might be the cloning process didn't go perfectly well. Now I'm cleaning the disk through freaking command prompt and, of course, there's no GUI to show me how much of it has been cleaned now that it's been two hours. Can't I just shut down my computer and wipe the drive in disk management?

Posted December 23rd, 2016 by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

Alright, I have a letter and partition assigned in disk management, the clean was a success! After I copy my backups to my portable drive, I'll clone again and see if that does the trick.

But boot order doesn't matter if I don't have anything else plugged in the computer. I physically unplugged my old drive just to be sure it boots from the new one. Hopefully doing this again will work...

Posted December 23rd, 2016 by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

Right, but Hard Drives & SSDs aren't the only devices to boot from. There's also things like USB sticks, LAN, dvd drive, etc. Only reason I mentioned it is because I can't count the number of times I've looked st someone's computer and that was the issue (especially after swapping hard drive/ssd). But if you know you don't have anything else it's trying to boot to then we can rule that out :)

Also seems you worked out that yea you can wipe the disk from within windows.

Anyway good luck, hopefully it was just a bad clone.

Posted December 23rd, 2016 by Moonray
Moonray
 

I think it may depend on some cloning software as to whether you could clone a HDD to an SSD successfully. I know my older versions of Acronis True image Server would tell me to screw myself when I tried that. I know there is some pay for software that will let you do it

Example: https://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

You may also look at the disk and try cloning it over then using the Windows Recovery Environment to do a repair on the OS install have it try to detect existing windows and repair the BootManager and MBR. I have had times when I had a Windows 7 clone and the computer had no clue where Windows 7 existed because it never saw it in the MBR or saw a boot manager.

The problem with this is that you need recovery media for Windows 7 or use the Windows Media Creation tool if you're using Windows 10 to see it can repair your Windows install.

Posted December 23rd, 2016 by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi

Yes, disk management is my new favorite Windows utility! I'm using EaseUS ToDo Backup, specifically the 9.2 Home Trial. I hope I don't need any original media because I have a ton of CDs, and I'd hate to have to look through all of them for something that I'm pretty sure does not exist. If there is an option to create a bootable flash drive or dvd, I have blank DVDs and a 32 GB flash drive to spare. I may have to look into recovery options if this clone doesn't go well...

This is probably a really bad idea for solid state, but I had partitioned this drive, repartitioned, repartitioned, repartitioned, repartitioned, cloned to it, wiped it, cloned again, realized I messed up a setting, wiped it again, and now I'm cloning again...

...like 400 GB of stuff. Oh, and at one point I my drive with a backup that was imaged onto the same drive, totaling well over 700 GB, because I had no idea what the hell I was doing! But if I'm lucky and get all my programs working on the new drive, I can wipe the old one and have 3 TB of storage space! Because why the hell not? Maybe I want to backup my computer 7 times on two internal drives!

Posted December 24th, 2016 by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

IT WORKED YOU GUYS! IT WAS JUST A BAD CLONE!!! HOLY CRAP MY PC BOOTED IN 10 SECONDS!!!

This is an amazing upgrade! I strongly recommend people upgrade to SSD! DO IT NOW!!!

Posted December 24th, 2016 by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

Congrats :)

Yea, it's amazing how much quicker a good SSD is from a HDD. One of those things you kinda have to witness to believe.

Posted December 24th, 2016 by Moonray
Moonray
 

Photoshop booted in only a couple seconds. That scared me!

Posted December 24th, 2016 by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up

Congrats on the successful migration. I might not be telling you something you don't already know, but if you still have the original drive installed, you could use it for storing data that changes a lot which would dramatically improve the longevity of your SSD, which has a limited number of reads/writes before it degrades.

Posted December 25th, 2016 by Jo Nathan Joestar
Jo Nathan Joestar
 

>This is an amazing upgrade! I strongly recommend people upgrade to SSD! DO IT NOW!!!

I've been running on a SSD for a year or two now. It was definitely worth it.

Posted December 25th, 2016 by nullfather
nullfather

Yes, I need to clean my original drive and put my UE4 project files on it. Those files change hourly :|

Posted December 25th, 2016 by mariomguy
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