Cloned Hard Drive Won't Boot, Make Cloned Drive Bootable

Abby Haines updated on Feb 22, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Cloned hard drive won't boot, how to make it bootable?

"I cloned my 250GB disk to a Seagate 520GB hard drive, thinking that upgrade to a disk with larger storage capacity, then my Windows 10 laptop will be more responsive. The clone was successful and I could see all my files on the cloned hard drive when it finished. But when I insert the disk into my laptop, Windows won't boot from it. I cannot figure out why cloned hard drive won't boot and how to make cloned drive bootable. Is there anyone can help?" 

Tips to Avoid Cloned Hard Drive Won't Boot Issue and Make Cloned Drive Bootable

The cloned hard drive won't boot issue is a common problem that has troubled numerous users. In this case, how to make cloned drive bootable becomes a hot topic. To fix the issue, you should first find the possible reasons that might cause the error. Here to save your time, we have collected some useful tips about how to make cloned drive bootable in Windows 10/8/7 after analyzing the causes all this issue. You can read and try it to effectively avoid cloned hard drive won't boot issue before transferring OS to new hard drive

Tips to make cloned drive bootable in Windows 10/8/7:

1. Finding a reliable disk clone software.
2. Make sure you have cloned the system reserved partition besides the system partition (C: drive).
3. Make sure you have set the clone hard drive as the first boot drive.
4. Make sure both of the source disk and the destination disk are the same MBR disk or GPT disk. If not, convert MBR to GPT disk or vise verse.
5. Make sure your computer support UEFI boot mode if the clone hard drive is GPT partitioned.
6. Check if your clone uses an MBR system partition. If this is true, you must enable CSM in your BIOS which allows you to boot from both UEFI and Legacy OPROM devices.
7. Put out to source disk and replace it with the cloned disk.

Clone One Hard Drive to Another with EaseUS Cloning Software

After reading all the useful tips to avoid cloned hard drive won't boot issue and make cloned drive bootable, you can start to clone hard drive to new HDD or SSD. Here, EaseUS Todo Backup is recommended with its advanced and flexible cloning feature and 7* 24 tech support. It can help you make cloned drive bootable if cloned hard drive won't boot issue happens even you take care all of the above tips.

To clone disk without cloned hard drive won't boot issue, follow these steps:

Note: Please empty the larger hard disk drive in advance if you saved important data inside it.

Step 1. Connect larger empty hard disk - HDD/SSD to your PC
Please connect or insert the larger disk - HDD/SSD to your computer.

Step 2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup for upgrade hard disk to a larger one
Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup and select Clone at the left tool pane by clicking the icon at the left top corner.

Run EaseUS Todo Backup to upgrade hard disk drive.

Step 3. Clone upgrade the hard disk to a larger one
1. Select the hard disk that you want to upgrade as the source disk.

Choose hard disk as the source drive.

2. And if you wish to perform a sector by sector clone, enable this feature by clicking Advanced options and check Sector by sector clone box.
Save the changes.

Enable sector by sector clone to allocate larger disk with the same layout as the original disk.

3. Click Proceed to start upgrading your hard disk to a larger HDD/SSD without losing any data now.

Start upgrading hard disk to a lager disk.
Do You Need Specialized Services for System Boot Issues?
EaseUS also provides 1-on-1 remote assistance to fix the boot issue. If the solution above does not work for you, please contact our professionals via Email or LiveChat in this page. To ensure our professional assistance work, you are suggested to connect the unbootable system drive to a healthy computer when getting connected with us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.