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Why Cloned SSD Won't Boot | How to Make SSD Bootable?

Posted on Nov 09, 2017 by Jean to Backup Utility

Here explains why cloned SSD wont boot and how do you fix the issue to make SSD bootable again.

Windows 10 Won't Boot After Cloned to SSD

"I had a failing SSD and cloned it to a larger SSD via a USB with the new SSD being external at the time. I installed the new SSD on the Windows 10 desktop and it will not boot without a boot disk in the CD/ROM. Give a Boot Device not found and lists external several times along with unknown errors. Why cloned SSD won't boot and how to make SSD bootable again?"

Why Cloned SSD Won't Boot?

Causes of cloned SSD boot failure vary from different cloning tools. In general, people clone everything including disk, partitions, and files when choosing "clone" feature. If the source disk you choose clone from had bad sectors and unsolved errors, the chances are that you replicate the errors, too, making the destination disk have difficulty in normal boot. Any other SSD won't boot cases?

1. Cheated by poorly performed SSD cloning software;

2. Cloning process causes system corruption;

3. Miss cloning "system reserved" partition;

4. Set the wrong drive to boot OS from;

5. Others.

How to Make SSD Boot Without Any Hassle?

It's highly suggested to keep the source hard drive intact, in case that the cloning failed, you can give another shot with our recommendation. As SSD won't boot problem happens in a commonplace, it's significant to overcome it with the help of a powerful Windows disk cloning software and an ultimate user guide. EaseUS Todo Backup, as you've heard of for long, would make SSD boot again without any hassle. Do as follows cautiously, do not miss the crucial steps, and see if the SSD boot problem is still there.

Important: General information you should know about cloning SSD with EaseUS disk clone and free backup software.

1. If the original hard disk contains the system partition, please tick "Shut down the computer when the operation completed" option. The software will shut down automatically the computer when the clone completed.

2. To remove either the source disk or destination disk from the computer to make the computer boot normally if the source disk contains boot partition.

3. If you want to boot from the destination disk, we recommend you to replace the source disk with the destination disk.

4. If the computer fails to boot from the destination disk after the clone, we suggest you clone the source disk to another disk with the same HDD interface.

5. If you choose to clone a hidden partition, the cloned one will be unhidden.

6. Large hard drive can be cloned to small hard drive so long as the capacity of destination hard drive is equal or larger than the used space of the original hard drive.

Step by step SSD cloning guide

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click Clone.

Step 2. Select source disk you want to clone.

select source disk to clone

Step 3. Select the destination disk (SSD). Please ensure to tick the options "Optimize for SSD" and "Sector by sector clone" under Advanced options.

select SSD as the destination disk

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and then click Proceed to execute the disk cloning.

preview disk layout and finish SSD clone