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Hard Drive doesn't boot after Clone? - Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

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February 28, 2014 5:47:45 PM

Hello,

I followed the guide that is listed at this site to clone my 500GB hard drive to a 2TB drive:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2086644/how-to-upgrade-t...

Finished everything and it was an exact copy when looking at the files. However, I swap out the hard drives and I get a message that says, "Reboot and select proper Boot device."

I tried fixmbr and fixboot via the Windows 8 repair disk but no results.

It's all formatted correctly and the BIOS is too.

Any ideas? Any responses at this point help because I really need to get back on the computer ASAP.

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a c 948 G Storage
February 28, 2014 6:03:11 PM

Will it boot up with only the SSD attached (and the SSD being plugged into the same sata port that the HDD was using)
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a c 100 G Storage
February 28, 2014 6:17:41 PM

I would try what popatim, said. Install the SSD into the original boot drive port and see if it boots OK by it's self. If it does, power down and install your original boot HDD in another sata port and then try booting.
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February 28, 2014 6:30:01 PM

I'm not switching to any SSD first of all, second of all, yes, I am using the new 2TB drive in the same location the 500GB was. However, it has a different drive letter. Could this be the issue?

Thanks!
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a c 100 G Storage
March 1, 2014 10:46:23 AM

Re: SSD
Sorry, I misread your post.

Try booting with the new boot drive by it's self and see if it will boot like that. It should have the letter "C" drive. Then after your system is running OK, install the 500GB drive in another port and boot up again.

Your comp might ask you to reboot when you first boot with the 2TB drive, by it's self.
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March 1, 2014 12:56:11 PM

I tried booting with the new drive only in the same spot the original drive was and it gave me the same error message. Any idea?

Thanks.
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a c 365 G Storage
March 2, 2014 11:04:24 AM

When you made the original clone copy, do you remember whether there was an option to make the copy a BOOTABLE drive? The cloners I've used in the past would set the clone copy to be bootable by default, especially if the original Source Drive was bootable, BUT there was always an option NOT to do this. Making the copy bootable means writing key files to particular locations on the copy, but ALSO means writing certain info the the copy's Partition Table so that the BIOS can find the boot device. If that info is not there, your BIOS won't try to boot from it.
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March 2, 2014 11:19:56 AM

I'll take a look back in the program - as far as I know there wasn't. I used EaseUs Todo Manager. I'll let you know any info. Thanks.
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March 2, 2014 1:40:08 PM

Paperdoc said:
When you made the original clone copy, do you remember whether there was an option to make the copy a BOOTABLE drive? The cloners I've used in the past would set the clone copy to be bootable by default, especially if the original Source Drive was bootable, BUT there was always an option NOT to do this. Making the copy bootable means writing key files to particular locations on the copy, but ALSO means writing certain info the the copy's Partition Table so that the BIOS can find the boot device. If that info is not there, your BIOS won't try to boot from it.


Nope, there was no option for a bootable drive, however there is an option I missed for a "Sector by Sector Clone." Would redoing the clone but enabling this option allow it to boot?

Thanks!
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a c 365 G Storage
March 2, 2014 5:52:28 PM

That may be the right way - I am not positive because I have not used that software. I will note one thing, however. Doing a sector-by-sector clone MAY not allow you to set the Destination unit to have its only Partition the full size of the HDD (1.86 TB); it MIGHT only make a clone that is 465 GB, the same as your Source drive. If it does that, I'm not sure whether EaseUS also has a tool to allow you then to Expand the only Primary Partition (that you just made) to add in all the Unallocated Space on the new larger HDD. I know that Windows will not let you make that sort of change on a drive containing the OS. But some third-part disk tool utilities CAN do that, so maybe EaseUS can do it for you.
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March 2, 2014 6:52:27 PM

Paperdoc said:
That may be the right way - I am not positive because I have not used that software. I will note one thing, however. Doing a sector-by-sector clone MAY not allow you to set the Destination unit to have its only Partition the full size of the HDD (1.86 TB); it MIGHT only make a clone that is 465 GB, the same as your Source drive. If it does that, I'm not sure whether EaseUS also has a tool to allow you then to Expand the only Primary Partition (that you just made) to add in all the Unallocated Space on the new larger HDD. I know that Windows will not let you make that sort of change on a drive containing the OS. But some third-part disk tool utilities CAN do that, so maybe EaseUS can do it for you.


Thanks for the info! I'll definitely give it a shot! I'll select your best answer for now and if I get anything else I'll just make a new topic.

Cheers!
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