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SSD misread on Windows (attempting to clone drive)

  1. #11


    Is any part of this process faulty, and if so, what should I do to fix it?
    The process, no. I have cloned/migrated using a combination of internal and external drives numerous times. So, your approach is correct.

    Problem I ran into, which seems to be affecting you too, is external drive adapters are inherently unreliable. I went through three different ones until I found one that worked reliably -- and that one is not one of the simple adapters but instead, a "dock" in which you insert the drive vertically into a slot. It requires external power and connects using a USB cable. They come in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 flavors -- and I have one of each, the 2.0 for connecting to laptops, the 3.0 for connecting to desktops. Recommend you check these out -- the USB 2.0 are cheaper just slower.

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  2. #12


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    That's upsetting to hear. I picked up a simple cable on amazon but I wont be able to test it until Monday when it ships. Here's hoping it works. At this rate I'm thinking it would be easier to reinstall windows and throw the cloning bit out of the window.
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  3. #13


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Or use a process that does not require you to be in the windows environment..
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    Care to elaborate on that?
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by authorandrew View Post
    That's upsetting to hear. I picked up a simple cable on amazon but I wont be able to test it until Monday when it ships. Here's hoping it works. At this rate I'm thinking it would be easier to reinstall windows and throw the cloning bit out of the window.
    In my case, the particular cable in use (in this case, USB cables) did not make any real difference. With the simpler adapters (the kind that plug into a drive and get their power using a "brick" plugged into the wall), they would simply not work more than half of the time. And, in other cases, they would work OK, but during a file transfer, the "drive" would suddenly vanish from the PC and I would have to start all over from scratch.

    When I switched to using a more expensive "dock" (an external case in which the drive is inserted vertically into a slot), these problems vanished.
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  6. #16


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    Sounds like I really need to either purchase a dock, install from scratch on the SSD, or use one of the non-Windows methods KHYI hinted at.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Look in my sig below for windows 8.1 se -
    AOmei does not support GPT in the free edition, But Macruim does and is on that boot disk..

    If you only have the two drives to work with - boot from the SE media CD/DVD/USB- and backup your HDD to a file on your SSD..

    Then copy that backup file back to your HHD as a file (as you can not save to the drive being backed up)
    Swap your HDD to usb and SSD into your laptop..

    You can then use Aomei Partition Assistant (also included in SE) to partition your SSD and restore the previous backup image on your now usb connected HDD to the SSD using macruim..

    Or find the Sansung migration wizard setup program on your HDD and run setup in X, then you can try that program to migrate usb connected HDD to internal SSD..

    Windows SE boots a windows environment into ram (Drive X)
    very similar to PE Builder - Create Bootable USB or CD/DVD based on Windows PE with AOMEI PE Builder but very different as well, with less restrictions..
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Should I partition the SSD with the same System Reserved partition (450mb) and the main C: partition? Will restoring the image file automatically put everything in the right place if I've set up these two partitions?

    Once I've done that, is there anything else I need to do to make things bootable on the SSD? Something like re-register Windows, or run a repair on the disk through the PE USB drive or something? Thanks for all your help.
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    I've made the Macrium file backup, and it's sitting on my original Seagate HDD, which is now connected by my SATA-->USB cable. That works fine, but the SSD is not recognized when it's directly in the laptop SATA post.
    Everything works fine via USB, but not via the SATA port, which makes me think there's still an issue with how I initially set up the drive.

    It's not the slot, since the HDD is recognized without fail (I've booted from that and am running that now). It's not the drive, because it works connected via USB (I used it to back up the HDD to a file). The only thing I can think is that my initial problems with the external drive bay have continued to affect the drive and how it's recognized by the system.

    I have the backup on my HDD, and I'm ready to move forward, but I need to clear away these problems with the SSD and make sure it's recognized consistently without fail before I move forward. Is there a way to kind of reset the SSD to factory state? (The Magician software still won't even recognize it)

    Really frustrated, and waiting for advice so I can finally get the system running on the SSD. Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by authorandrew; 17 Feb 2015 at 01:01. Reason: edited for clarity
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  10. #20


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    With the SSD drive internal on the PC - is it recognized in or by the bios firmware?

    If so try and run windows setup from your windows 8.1 setup media on the internal SSD - did that work?

    If that worked - restore just the windows partition from the backup image stored on the external HDD to the internal SSD's windows partition
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