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#1 n2coffee

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 08:45 AM

Christmas morning came and went, leaving me with a SSD to install on my computer. Yay!

 

I used the recommended software (Acronis True Image) to clone my HD (to SSD via USB) and after a few tries, everything worked.

 

Still leery because of the sketchy cloning process, I wanted to try booting the SSD to see how the system performed, so I changed my BIOS settings and waited anxiously but the system would not boot from the SSD.

 

Can someone help me with making the SSD bootable so I can try it out and eventually replace my 7 year old HD. The last time I this stuff I had to add an Autoexec.bat file somewhere, evidently they are long gone.

 

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:04 AM

You stated that everything worked in your second sentence.  Did this mean that the system booted to Windows from the SSD?  Or was it just that the Acronis software appeared to finish successfully?

 

Have you disconnected the old HDD?

Have you connected the SSD?

Have you reset the boot defaults in the BIOS/UEFI to use the SSD?

 

Newer versions of Windows don't use autoexec.bat any more.


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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:47 AM

I'm not sure about Acronis, what I did was use Norton Ghost because I am familiar with it. I booted to the USB Drive (with Ghost installed on the USB Drive), then selected the source drive, the destination drive and selected Clone Disk to Disk.

 

To make it faster, the SSD was in the computer, hooked to one of the SATA ports. 

 

Switched drives and everything worked. 



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:01 AM

You stated that everything worked in your second sentence.  Did this mean that the system booted to Windows from the SSD?  Or was it just that the Acronis software appeared to finish successfully?

 

Have you disconnected the old HDD?

Have you connected the SSD?

Have you reset the boot defaults in the BIOS/UEFI to use the SSD?

 

Newer versions of Windows don't use autoexec.bat any more.

  • Have not disconnected the old HDD
  • SSD is connected via USB all files appear to have populated
  • Have reset the BIOS to boot from USB

Figured Autoexec.bat was no longer used. When I try to boot from USB I get the error: "OOPs unbootable device" so I thought I may need to partition a boot sector on the SSD but don't know how. Would partitioning a boot sector on the SSD cause it not to work when I mount it internally?

 

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:07 AM

Didn't the SSD come with its own cloning program?


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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:13 AM

I'm not sure about Acronis, what I did was use Norton Ghost because I am familiar with it. I booted to the USB Drive (with Ghost installed on the USB Drive), then selected the source drive, the destination drive and selected Clone Disk to Disk.

 

To make it faster, the SSD was in the computer, hooked to one of the SATA ports. 

 

Switched drives and everything worked. 

Did the SSD make your system faster? I am reluctant to install the SSD so I wanted to see if it would boot before removing HDD...also was thinking about doing a fresh install of W10. Proof that I am a glutton for punishment. :deadhorse: 



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 11:15 AM

Didn't the SSD come with its own cloning program?

 

Yes. Acronis True Image but the features are limited



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Posted 27 December 2015 - 01:27 PM

I believe the Samsung disk I have is also a version of the same, worked perfectly twice when new and when I got hit with a bug.  I would install it good chance it is fine just not happy on the cable.

 

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 02:24 PM

Hi N2coffee,

 

You need to remove the HDD and install the SSD for the clone to work, it will not boot properly from the USB.


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Posted 27 December 2015 - 05:34 PM

The drives will conflict - and they won't boot off of USB.

Remove the old drive from the system.

Insert the new drive in it's place

Ensure that the system BIOS/UEFI is set to boot from the SSD (it should be, but check to be sure anyway).


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Posted 28 December 2015 - 06:58 AM

Thanks to all for your assistance. I 'm afraid that my post was not clear. I wanted to boot from the SSD before installing it so I could measure performance before I installed it internally

 

I fixed the problem by going into the disk management console and assigning the SSD drive a letter and changing the BIOS accordingly

 

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 08:32 AM

Through put will be quite different when hooked to the board, I don't think even USB3 can pass data as quick.  I will run its fastest installed by a fair margin.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 02:56 PM

I'm glad you were able to get it to work.

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