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Cloned ssd won't boot

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I have lenovo y700, base model and i installed an m2 SATA III Transcend ssd in it. I used EaseUs ToDo software to clone the C drive on my hdd, onto my ssd. After successful cloning, when i restarted my laptop and went to BIOS, in the boot menu, the ssd is not being recognised as one of the booting drives. There are only two options- the windows boot manager (showing the original hard disk) and the EFI PXE network. I tried going to diskpart to make the ssd an active drive, but the command prompt shows the error that this particular disk is not a fixed mbr disk (its a gpt disk). Now, as i am new to all these things, so i really dont know what else to do (the tech guys, and the customer support in my country cant make head nor tail of what i am doing). So can someone please tell me what should i do, to make the cloned ssd as the main booting drive. (Would deactivating the current C drive from diskpart help?)
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  1. Hey there, Nimori_7.

    Would you be so kind as to post a screenshot of what you see in Disk Management with the M.2 drive connected? Here's how to do it: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-2176231/guide-posting-screenshot-forum.html.
    You could try updating your BIOS/UEFI, to see if that fixes things up. Other than that you could get in touch with the laptop manufacturer's customer support to see if there might be anything you're missing in the BIOS/UEFI settings, preventing you from seeing the drive, such as disabling secure boot, enabling legacy mode, etc.
    For you to be able to boot to Windows via a drive with a GPT partition table, you should have UEFI and the OS should be 64-bit, which is probably the case since this is a clone of your original drive, but I have to be sure.

    Please let me know how everything goes.
    Boogieman_WD
  2. Hi Boogieman_WD.
    Thanks for the quick reply. Actually I hadnt cloned the EFI system partion, and after doing that, the SSD was recognised as the booting drive too. However, now the problem occuring is that even after moving my ssd to the top of priority order in boot menu in BIOS, when i save changes and exit, the system still boots with the hdd itself, as when i went to BIOS and checked again, the hdd automatically had moved to the top of priority order. Now after trying this again and again, only once did the system boot with ssd, and in that too it took as much time as it used too when booting from hdd. Can you please tell me what should I do now so as to make the system boot from ssd itself and for the system to boot as quickly as guaranteed with an ssd. The ssd which i have installed is of Transcend and its complete name is TS128GMTS800.
    Thank you.
  3. Best answer
    Have cloned the EFI system alone the second time or you've started the cloning process from scratch? You could really clone everything from scratch, just make sure that all the appropriate partitions have been selected this time and give it a go to see what happens.
    Once the cloning process is completed, disconnect the HDD, to see if you'd be able to boot to Windows without any issues with the SSD along (do a couple of restarts just to make sure). If everything is working properly, connect the HDD, check the boot order, boot via the SSD and reformat the HDD, or at least the partitions you won't need. (Note that a data backup is required).
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