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Crucial M500 SSD Swap Issues

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Hey guys, new to the forums but wanted to bounce a question off of some of the more seasoned members. I was really big into computers and building/programming etc. about 10 years ago but since so much time has passed and tech advanced I feel pretty stupid. I have a Toshiba Satellite C655-S5132 that was running a 250GB SATA HDD. I had to replace the keyboard, screen and fan and figured while I was in there I would replace the hard drive with a nice new SSD from Crucial. I purchased the Crucial M500 240GB drive. After fiddling with it for a while to make window 7 recognize it as an actual hard disk instead of a CD Rom I used EaseUS to clone the drive. The first time I cloned it, it took nearly 3 hours and finished with 0 errors. After removing the old drive entirely and trying to boot from my new cloned SSD the system had an error and would not boot. I ensured that ACHI was selected in the system BIOS and that the boot order included the SSD. I am currently in the process of re-cloning the drive to see if that helps. Also the first time that I had cloned the drive it changed the OS drive letter to F. I can imagine that this would cause a major issue, and now this time that I am cloning it has selected the A: drive to clone to. If anyone has any suggestions on how to clone it in a way that would allow the SSD to retain the C: as the OS letter I would bet this could solve my problem. I appreciate any help and if you need more info please feel free to ask. Thanks!

-Max

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I'd recommend a fresh install of Windows rather than a clone, if you have the time for it. Will the machine see the drive when it's fresh rather than in a cloned state?

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1. Make sure only 1 drive is connected while booting.

2. If the BIOS see the SSD, then I would check to see if the number of partitions match. Windows stores boot information on a small partition and if that didn't get cloned it may not boot. Sometimes googling that error message will give you some tools/commands to run that can remidy the problem.

  • See if 'Sector by sector' clone for the EaseUs makes a difference
  • You may have to expand the partition later to use the full disk.

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Cloning Windows drives can be a pretty pointless exercise. The FAT filesystem used C/H/S block addressing so if your new drive's geometry didn't match the old, none of your files would be found.

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Cloning Windows drives can be a pretty pointless exercise. The FAT filesystem used C/H/S block addressing so if your new drive's geometry didn't match the old, none of your files would be found.

This is terrible advice, and totally inaccurate.

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