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Cloned Samsung 840 Pro SSD not booting properly

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December 26, 2013 7:56:36 PM

I have a Samsung Ativ Book 8 purchased earlier this month, and immediately installed Windows 8.1 (from Windows 8..0?). I recently received a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD for Christmas to replace the 1TB HDD currently installed. I purchased an Apricorn SATA Wire 3.0 to plug in the SSD and clone it. The reviews were 4/5 on Amazon, which is good enough for me. First off, the Samsung Magician Software reads the drive as "Apricorn SCSI Disk Device 476.94GB", not as an SSD (it says upon starting the program "Magician was unable to find a Samsung SSD connected to your system. Some Magician features may not work correctly"). However, the Apricorn SATA wire came with a cloning utility of its own (which I had to find online because I do not have a disk drive). It of course recognized that the 840 Pro was connected (though it did not have a name, just a capacity, also 476.94 GB), so I proceeded to clone my "Local Disk (C)". Once it was finished, it showed it in Windows Explorer as "Local Disk (D)"; everything seemed to have cloned properly.

I didn't think anything of it.

I opened up the laptop, took out the old Toshiba HDD, put in the new SSD, snapped it up again, and turned it on. Immediately, it said (and I'm paraphrasing) that not everything was connected properly, that devices required for boot did not exist. Some blue screen with three options, along the lines of "retry" and a couple other options. Regardless, "esc" put me into the Aptio BIOS. I turned off secure boot, but honestly beyond there I had no idea what needed to be done, so in the mean time, I've reinstalled my old hard drive and now I'm back where I started.

I would assume I should not have progressed beyond the SSD not being recognized by Magician, and perhaps fixing that first. I went into the BIOS with the old hard drive and manually enabled AHCI mode (thinking that maybe had something to do with it). Magician still does not recognize it.

Please help me. I feel really bad for my parents buying me this SSD and I cannot get it to work. I have watched numerous videos of people installing the 840 Pro w/o issue, so it really angers me that I have an issue. I hope I don't sound snobby or selfish, I was just really hoping this wouldn't be a complicated process. Let me know what you need to know (and how to find it), and I'll be happy to provide.

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a c 98 G Storage
December 26, 2013 8:47:56 PM

Sounds like you just made a copy of the drive. Not a clone.
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December 26, 2013 10:29:12 PM

spooky2th said:
Sounds like you just made a copy of the drive. Not a clone.

Okay. Interesting. Could you explain what the difference is?

I've formatted the SSD using Disk Utility to blank it out and I'm going to clone it using a different tool called "EaseUS ToDo Backup Free". I'll update if anything new occurs. This time, once it's finished, I'm going to change the boot order in the BIOS to the SSD as attached via USB to see if it boots.
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a c 98 G Storage
December 27, 2013 7:22:38 AM

After cloning, install the SSD into the same port that the original drive was. And I bet if cloning was successful, you will see the SSD boot fast and without any problems. And the ssd will behave like the original drive, only faster.
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December 27, 2013 8:44:52 PM

spooky2th said:
After cloning, install the SSD into the same port that the original drive was. And I bet if cloning was successful, you will see the SSD boot fast and without any problems. And the ssd will behave like the original drive, only faster.

So it worked! I have no idea why this time and not last time. Odd. I appreciate the help.

In summary, use: "EaseUS ToDo Backup Free" to clone your drive. It's slow as hell but it works.
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