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Cloning to new SSD is giving me a hard time in Windows 10

Hey guys, I'm having some trouble getting my new Crucial 525gb SSD to work properly. It does work, my computer recognizes it, i can use it as storage (aside from boot drive), and it will boot up and work properly if i put a fresh install of windows 10 on it via boot-able USB.

Here's my problem: I've cloned my 240GB Crucial SSD to my new 525GB Crucial SSD using Acronis True Image 2015 and also Macrium Reflect and everything seems to work perfectly. I boot up on the new SSD and make it all the way to my desktop with all my stuff looking just like it did on my original SSD! BUT... my windows crashes repeatedly doing anything. The task-bar, explorer, CTRL+ALT+Delete, start button, clicking on applications, pretty much doing anything makes it freeze up and eventually crash to a plain black screen.

Here's what I've tried: Uninstalled and reinstalled both cloning software apps to no avail. Ran dskchk and dskchk :c/f on my original 240gb SSD and found nothing wrong with my windows. Downloaded windows 10 via USB to the new drive and it worked, but I'm pretty stern on wanting to clone my current drive.

Note: After all this, my original SSD boots up and everything works flawlessly! I don't see any reason the new one doesn't work. I know I'm doing the cloning process correctly (I did watch the Linus video after all). I also use a 1TB WD HDD for storage that isn't in the PC while doing the cloning process (i only have 2 SATA cables handy)

My Hardware: Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 motherboard, 16GB corsair vengeance, i5-6600k, MSI GTX 1070, EVGA 650W PS


If anyone has any ideas please let me know, or if there's anyway i can put windows 10 on there fresh and then maybe transfer all my data in the storage partition over or something? I'm pretty set on cloning. I don't want to have a fresh system, I built this one only a few months ago.
Thanks in advance!!!
-Pauly JP
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  1. I don't know what steps Linus is telling you (and don't really care to look), but do this:

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    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)
    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
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new 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 as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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  2. USAFRet said:
    I don't know what steps Linus is telling you (and don't really care to look), but do this:

    -----------------------------
    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)
    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
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new 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 as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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    First, i apologize for down voting your response. I accidentally hit it when i was scrolling through it on my phone.
    Second, I followed the steps exactly as you provided them. Literally to a T. Im not new to this kind of stuff either so was basically what i did the first few attempts.

    So i clone the drive just as you suggest. Power down, take out the original ssd and put the new one in its place. Boot up fine, im looking at my windows desktop background, apps, etc. But just as before, the second i click ANYTHING... the pc freezes (still can see cursor moving). After a few miniutes i get a notification something along the lines "Windows has stopped functioning properly" With 2 buttons being "wait for the program to respond, or cancel". either option lands me in a black screen

    Since then ive put the original drive back in, ran a series of commands in cmd (chkdsk c: /f , sfc/ scannow , DSIM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth) and everything has comeback fine. I see no reason why the new ssd wont boot with an exact copy of everything!

    Note: With windows running on my original / functional ssd and the new / non-functional ssd plugged in, the :D drive doesnt show anything, and under disk management it shows that the primary storage part is not formatted. I format it and it seems to be working. After i restart the pc it goes back to not showing up and not being formatted.

    Should i try doing a fresh install of windows on the new ssd and then running Macrium Reflect and cloning only the primary storage partition and leaving the first 3 smaller partitions alone from the fresh install? just an idea to see if it works.

    Thanks for the response!!! Very much appreciated!!
  3. Best answer
    A fresh install on the SSD, and then cloning onto the SSD again doesn't really do anything.

    I'd almost suspect a bad SSD here.
    Try just a clean install on the SSD, and run whatever diagnostics Crucial has for it.
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