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May 22, 2013 2:05:53 PM

This may be a new kind of problem for most...

Long story, but I needed to clone an existing (perfectly functioning) SSD to a larger HDD. (yeah, I know, it usually goes the other way) I used Clonezilla and everything appeared to go very smoothly. I put the HDD back into my laptop in the same physical location where the SSD had been. I changed nothing else on the laptop.

First thing I noticed was that the POST took a very long time (30+ seconds compared to 5 seconds before the swap). I looked at the BIOS config and everything looked fine. After starting the boot, everything took quite a bit longer, but otherwise worked as it did with the SSD in the system. This particular drive has Windows 7 installed which I can select from a dual-boot Win8/Win7 setup. When I selected the Windows 7 drive everything appeared normal during the boot process except that it took 10-12 minutes to get to the desktop. With the SSD it took about 20 seconds. Once finished booting into Win7 everything is very s-l-o-w.

Could this possibly be due to the fact that the SSD's block structure was duplicated onto a conventional spinning drive? If so, is there a way to remedy the problem, maybe by cloning again with some kind of different settings? (I used all of the default Clonezilla options) Since I had the two drives in the system configured for dual booting, I told Clonezilla to also clone the boot sector so as not to wack the dual boot setup using the HDD. Could that be a problem?

Thanks for any suggestions.
May 22, 2013 2:15:49 PM

You are now using an HDD which compared to your SSD is going to be slow. Although 10 minutes to boot to desktop is ridiculous. Most likely a bad transfer from HDD to SSD.
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May 22, 2013 2:15:52 PM

I would skip the band aids and go straight to reinstalling Windows. My 2c!
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May 22, 2013 2:25:52 PM

I would scan the HDD for errors.
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May 22, 2013 2:50:54 PM

I would 1st suggest a defrag but a 10min boot is crazy. Format and reinstall, if it still runs slow perhaps there is a problem with the hard drive. Can you put the SSD back in detect it in the bios and have it run as before?
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May 22, 2013 10:51:25 PM

Try to disable all optimizations you made for the SSD. This might be the core of the problem.
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May 23, 2013 6:43:52 AM

Branson dumisani said:
Try to disable all optimizations you made for the SSD. This might be the core of the problem.


Well, actually, I simply accepted all of the default options offered by clonezilla. If there were any optimizations done, I wouldn't even know what they were...much less know how to turn them off.
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May 23, 2013 6:49:03 AM

rocknrollz said:
You are now using an HDD which compared to your SSD is going to be slow. Although 10 minutes to boot to desktop is ridiculous. Most likely a bad transfer from HDD to SSD.


I'm going to run a defrag this morning. The odd thing is, once the laptop is finally up and running from the HDD, everything works perfectly normal, other than just being extraordinarily slow. I realize the speed differences between SSD and HDD but I have another identical HDD in the laptop from which I boot Win8, and it is super fast compared to this other drive. I'll post again if the defrag makes any difference...

...so here's the update. Defragging didn't help at all. However, I did notice when I first booted from the Win7 HDD this morning that the total time to get to the desktop was several minutes less than yesterday afternoon. This was before the defrag so I have no idea whatsoever about that. This drive, like the other Win8 drive in the laptop, is a Seagate 750GB Hybrid drive. I'm beginning to wonder if the cloning process is, in some way, not fully compatible with the controller programming of this type of HDD due to its "hybrid" nature. I've previously cloned from this drive to a SSD but never gone in the other direction like I did this time.
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