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#1 Lloydlec

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:37 AM

Got a new Crucial SSD. Cloned my C drive successfully. Removed the old HDD and put in the new SSD. Turned on laptop and waited - NOTHING looked at BIOS the drive was there. Checked the boot software was there and all seems present.  The drive does not boot and laptop just tries and then goes into standby mode or so it seems. Any ideas, help?



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 12:01 PM

Boot software? And this is different from the bios how?
Change the boot order to the ssd first, save and exit and it should boot.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:27 AM

Hi Captian-Chicken, thanks for the reply. I did of course move the SSD to the top of the boot list prior to posting. Seems as if the cloning may not have worked as well as the software says it did so will try this again and see.



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Posted 22 January 2016 - 08:15 AM

When you exit, do save and exit and hopefully it will boot.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 10:16 PM

Two things:

 

1.  Is the SSD at least as large as the old HDD in total size?  If not, you will typically get an error when attempting to clone a larger drive to a smaller one, but not always.  If the SSD is smaller and you managed to clone it, or at least didn't get an error, that can cause problems.

 

2.  Go into your BIOS and check disk operation mode.  If it is set to ATA, change it to AHCI.  If it is AHCI, change it to ATA.  Try booting from SSD again.

 

On the assumption you get booted up on the SSD in ATA mode, you will want to set your system to run in AHCI.  Google "how to turn on AHCI" and follow the directions.  It requires a minor registry tweak and a couple reboots. 



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Posted 24 January 2016 - 04:22 AM

 

 

1.  Is the SSD at least as large as the old HDD in total size?  If not, you will typically get an error when attempting to clone a larger drive to a smaller one, but not always.  If the SSD is smaller and you managed to clone it, or at least didn't get an error, that can cause problems.

 

I've ran into this myself, that why prior to cloning, will always reduce the size of the 'C' drive as much as possible, after running a defrag pass to help make more space. One can open the Control Panel & type in Create and Format disk partitions, and be able to shrink the drive. 

 

If that doesn't provide enough space, after reboot, download a copy of the Mini Tool Partition Wizard ISO, or if you have this type of media already, use that to further shrink as needed. One good thing about Mint Tool's free offering, one can also align the partitions prior to clone. The ISO to burn to CD is the 5th product down the list on their site. 

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

 

A couple of last things, you should disable hibernation, which is recommended for SSD's anyway, which also gains some space. And move your downloads, photos, video collection & other space hoggers onto a HDD to save more space. If you're going to have lots of data stored on the SSD, a larger size than you purchased may be needed. I just have these items to download to a HDD, creating most of the same folders on the data drive, and be sure once setup, to point any downloads to the HDD, rather than the SSD. 

 

Having the specs of your computer will allow us to better serve you, there's a no cost app in Speccy where you can post a snapshot so that we can see what you have. The information that you'll see, such as your Windows COA, IP address & personal information won't be seen on our end. Just click the 'File' tab on the upper left corner, and you'll see the option to publish a snapshot. This link is the Portable version, which can be stored & ran from a USB stick if desired. 

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/speccy/

 

Good Luck with your SSD upgrade, once successfully installed, you'll never want to use a HDD for a boot drive again. :)

 

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Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:05 AM

SSD up and running- thank you to those who gave information. In closing Macrium Reflect Disk Imaging and Backup software worked best and was easy to use.



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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:11 AM

One of the very cool features offered in Macrium Reflect version 6 is the option under 'Other Tasks' to add a boot menu to the entry. What does this mean to us. Though we still should create media to boot from for emergencies or for cloning, for regular backup/restore purposes, we no longer need to use bootable media. 

 

Just boot into where it says Macrium Reflect WinPE Recovery, and the option to backup/restore will be right there, loads very fast. This used to be only in the paid version, what's left out are file backups, yet many of us can perform this manually, or by having files stored on a dedicated partition (more than one), two or more preferred & not on the 'C' drive. 

 

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Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 





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