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Trying to move an SSD with windows 10 to an older (but better) computer - won't boot

I have a Kingston SSD with Windows 10 already installed on it that I've been using in a crappy media PC just fine. My HD on my gaming rig is slow and I don't really need two computers any more so I thought I'd move my SSD from my media PC to my gaming PC.

Problem is, when I try setting my SSD as the boot drive on that computer, windows never starts, I just get that dang blinking cursor mocking me.

That machine as an ASUS sabertooth X58 motherboard. I just recently updated to the latest version of BIOS to rule that out as an issue. I've tried just about every combination I can think of between the different SATA ports and configurations and nothing works. I tried the 6Gb/s port (IDE is the only option supported on that one), tried AHCI, IDE and RAID options on the 3Gb/s ports, tried different SATA ports (there is no 0, only 1). I tried unplugging all other drives so the SSD is the only thing connected, and nothing changes.

I'm at a loss, I don't know what else to try. I've set the BIOS to default settings as well. I poked around on the forums and have seen some other advice given here that has helped other people, but I don't have a CSM option to disable, or secure boot to disable or anything like that. So I'm reaching out, any ideas?

By the way I've confirmed my existing hitachi HD still boots windows 7 just fine in that computer, and I put the SSD back in my media PC and confirmed it is also still working just fine in that environment. So I'm thinking some kind of setting I just need to change or idk yell at ASUS for another BIOS update?
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    Moving a drive with an OS already on it, into different hardware, often does not work.
    Period.

    There is no magic sauce to force it to work.

    If you wish to use that SSD in the other system....reinstall the OS and everything else.
    Of course, also taking into account any licensing/activation issues that may arise.
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  2. Have you tried hooking up that SSD onto the Asus motherboard into some slave SATA port along with some other working HDD and see if it boots up? If you have, try plugging the SSD to a SATA II port and see if it works.

    Also, If I'm not mistaken, USAFRet is right, you should probably format that SSD before trying to start the gaming pc with it.
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  3. USAFRet said:
    Moving a drive with an OS already on it, into different hardware, often does not work.
    Period.

    There is no magic sauce to force it to work.

    If you wish to use that SSD in the other system....reinstall the OS and everything else.
    Of course, also taking into account any licensing/activation issues that may arise.


    Blahhhhhhhhhh well that sucks. I honestly wouldn't have ever thought that would be an issue. But it makes sense now that you mention it. I have a clean SSD that I'll install on that computer instead. lol I just thought I would be lazy and save myself the hassle of having to clone or install windows on that one. And here I probably wasted more time trying to get this to work anyway. smh at myself.

    Thanks
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  4. Rafael Mestdag said:
    Have you tried hooking up that SSD onto the Asus motherboard into some slave SATA port along with some other working HDD and see if it boots up? If you have, try plugging the SSD to a SATA II port and see if it works.

    Also, If I'm not mistaken, USAFRet is right, you should probably format that SSD before trying to start the gaming pc with it.


    Yeah I did try that, the drive was totally recognized and I could browse the file structure just fine, which is why I was so confused. So I'll be installing a clean SSD instead :-P
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