Cloned SSD Won't Boot? Make Cloned SSD Bootable [5 Ways]

Don't worry if the cloned SSD won't boot on Windows10/8/7. On this page, you'll learn the symptoms of cloned SSD won't boot, reasons of why is SSD not booting, and how to make SSD bootable in 5 powerful ways.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Don't worry if you tried all means to upgrade and clone old HDD to SSD but it turned out the cloned SSD won't boot on your computer. Here we've collected 5 effective ways that will make SSD bootable again in Windows 10/8/7:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Correctly install SSD Use a SATA cable instead of a USB cable...Full steps
2. Change the boot order Restart the PC, and press F2/F12/DEL to...Full steps
3. Set System Partition active Create a bootable disk and boot the PC...Full steps
4. Re-clone HDD to SSD [HOT]🔥 Reclone the boot partition with cloning...Full steps
5. Customize 1-1 service Contact EaseUS's technical support team...Full steps

If you're also struggling with the same problem and don't know how to fix the SSD is not booting error, you've come to the right place. This post explains why cloned SSD won't boot and offers 5 effective solutions here to solve SSD unbootable errors after clone. Read in-depth.

🎨Warm Tip
If you are unsure whether the cloning procedure was completed properly, you must repeat the process to ensure that it was completed successfully. A dependable disk copying tool is essential for successful HDD/SSD cloning.
EaseUS Disk Copy is a great hard disk cloning software that is really easy to use. Even if you are unfamiliar with computer terminology, it will allow you to perform a flawless disk clone from one drive to another. After cloning, you can successfully boot from the cloned hard disk. We will discuss it in detail in Solution 4.

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Causes - Why Is Cloned SSD Not Booting

Here is a list of all possible reasons that can explain why the SSD won't boot after cloning. If you have any one of them, stay here and follow the fixes below to get rid of this error immediately :

  • The SSD is connected to the PC as an external disk. 
  • The cloned SSD is not set as the boot disk.
  • BIOS boot mode is incompatible with the SSD.
  • The disk cloning process was corrupted or interrupted.
  • Incomplete clones, missing boot partitions, or boot components.
  • The source disk is unbootable.
  • The SSD needs specific drivers, etc.

🔥Further Reading: How to Clone Hard Drive with Bootable USB Samsung SSD Clone Not Booting

Solutions - How to Fix Cloned SSD Won't Boot Issue, Make SSD Bootable

The following methods are bound to resolve SSD not working after cloning for particular reasons. Follow the step-by-step guides to make the cloned SSD boot normally.

Method 1️⃣. Correctly Install the Cloned SSD with a SATA Cable

The disk clone software does not guarantee that the external disk can boot smoothly when using a USB cable. It is best to connect devices to a computer via SATA.

Step 1. Use a SATA cable instead of a USB connection cable.

Step 2. Install the SSD to the computer correctly via the SATA cable.

connect the ssd with SATA

Step 3. Close the computer case and restart the computer.

If the SSD boots up, congratulations. Your problem gets resolved. If not, continue with Method 2. 

📌Extend reading: Clone SATA TO NVMe Won't Boot

Method 2️⃣. Change Boot Order in BIOS, Make SSD Bootable as the Boot Disk

If the cloned SSD is not set to be the first boot option in BIOS, your computer won't boot from it. Therefore, you need to access BIOS and change the boot order to set SSD as the boot disk. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Restart the PC. When the startup screen appears, constantly press F2/F12/DEL to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Next, use the arrow key to choose the Boot tap and select the cloned SSD as the first boot option. 

Step 3. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS. And restart your computer. 

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Wait patiently, and if your computer boots up, congratulations. The problem gets resolved. 

Note that, if your original boot disk is MBR, you'll need to set the partition active to make the SSD bootable after clone. And you can fix this issue in the next Method.

Method 3️⃣. Set the System Partition as an Active Partition

The system partition should be set as the active partition. If the system partition is not set as an active partition, Windows 10 can't boot from cloned SSD. You can set the system partition as an active partition with an easy-to-use partition manager in the WinPE environment. Here is how to do it:

#1. Create a bootable disk and boot PC from it

Reboot PC > Press F2/F8/Del to enter BIOS > Set PC to boot from EaseUS bootable Disk > Reboot PC.

#2. Set SSD system drive as active

Step 1. Run EaseUS partition manager software. On the disk map, right-click the target partition and choose "Advanced".

Step 2. Then, select "Set Active" from the drop-down menu. Click "Yes".  And choose "Execute 1 Task(s)" and click "Apply".

#3. Set PC to boot from cloned SSD

Reboot PC > Press F2/F8/Del to enter BIOS > Set PC to boot from the cloned SSD > Reboot PC

After this, your computer should be able to boot up from the cloned SSD and you can make use of all cloned files on the new disk again.

If you've followed through the above three methods, the SSD is still not booting, your SSD may have a problematic clone of your old hard drive. 
The best way out is to re-do the clone. And we'll show you the process in the next Method. 

Method 4️⃣. Re-Clone HDD to SSD

Incomplete clone or clone failure will cause the cloned SSD won't boot problem. Besides, if you haven't cloned the boot partition, the cloned hard drive will not be able to boot either.

Reliable disk cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy can re-execute the disk cloning process, guaranteeing you the cloned hard disk bootable after the HDD to SSD clone.

Key Features of EaseUS Disk Copy

  • Support smart and automatic disk layout.
  • Support clone USB, external hard drive, HDD, and SSD.
  • Compatible with almost all types and brands of HDDs and SSDs.
  • Create a Portable USB to take your Windows anywhere.
  • Automatically resize partitions while cloning.
  • Cloning hard drive with bad sectors.
  • Supports sector-by-sector cloning.

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Prior Notice:

  • The "Sector by sector copy" asks the size of your destination disk to be at least equal to or larger than that of the source disk. Leave this feature unchecked if you wish to clone a larger hard disk to a smaller hard disk.
  • All data on the destination disk will be completely erased, so take care.

Step 1. To start copying/cloning an entire disk to another, choose this disk as the source disk under "Disk Mode" and click "Next".

select the source disk and click next

Step 2. Choose the other disk as the destination disk.

select the destination disk

Step 3. Check the disk layout of the two disks. You can manage the disk layout of the destination disk by selecting "Autofit the disk", "Copy as the source" or "Edit disk layout". 

click ok when a warning message appears
  • "Autofit the disk" makes some changes by default on the destination disk layout so that it can work at its best status.
  • "Copy as the source"does not change anything on destination disk and the layout is the same as source disk.
  • "Edit disk layout" allows you to manually resize/move partition layout on this destination disk.

Tick the "Check the option if the target is SSD" option to put your SSD in its best performance.

A message now appears, warning you that data will be lost. Please confirm this message by clicking "OK" and then click "Next".

check the diak layout

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to officially execute the task.

click proceed to officially start

After this, you may:

  • Repeat Method 1 and Method 2 to install the cloned SSD correctly into your computer and set it as the boot drive.
  • Then, reboot the PC and the SSD will boot up successfully.

Method 5️⃣. Customize 1-to-1 Service to Make Cloned SSD Bootable

If you've tried all the above four methods, but the SSD is still not booting or the cloned SSD won't boot with a black screen, you are now with really a tricky problem.

You can contact EaseUS's technical support team and let them help you via 1-to-1 remote assistance as soon as possible.

EaseUS also provides 1-on-1 remote assistance to fix the  boot issues as listed here:
1. Fix BCD Error: Your PC needs to be repaired. An unexpected error has occurred. Error code: Oxc000000e.
2. Add Necessary Drivers to the Cloned SSD.
3. NVME won't boot after clone.
If the solution above does not work for you, please contact our professionals via Email or LiveChat on this page. To ensure our professional assistance works, you can connect the unbootable system drive to a healthy computer when getting connected with us.

Stay Calm If Cloned SSD Won't Boot, Follow Fixes to Make SSD Bootable

On this page, we collected 5 reliable methods that work to help you fix the cloned SSD won't boot error. To make the cloned SSD bootable again, which method is the best?

📖Here is Editor's Pick:

  1. Follow Method 1 and Method 2 to correctly install SSD and set it as a boot drive.
  2. If the OS disk was MBR, follow Method 3 to set the SSD OS drive as active.
  3. After this, your computer should be able to boot up from the new SSD now.
  4. If it's still not working, re-do the clone with EaseUS Disk Copy.

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FAQ on Cloned SSD Won't Boot

1. Will a cloned disk be bootable?

If you have made an image backup of your entire hard drive, you can clone the drive to another one, and it will be bootable. Remember that you need to ensure the destination disk is the same size or larger than the source disk. If you only clone a drive partition containing your operating system, it probably won't be bootable unless you use special software or perform additional steps.

2. How do I make my SSD bootable after cloning?

You need to do a few things to make your SSD bootable after cloning. Restart your PC, and press the key that opens the boot-device selection menu for your computer. Select the drive you want to boot from, which in this case is probably your SSD. If your BIOS does not have such a menu, check its documentation to see which key to press. Once you've selected the drive, it should boot from your SSD.

EaseUS Disk Copy

EaseUS Disk Copy is a well designed and very easy-to-use HDD/SSD cloning and migration tool, a tool which should be ideal for anyone wanting to quickly and easily migrate an existing system disk to a new disk (or newly installed SSD drive) with the minimal of configuration required.

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