Can't clone HDD to SSD
Hi, I am hoping someone will have some advice for me. I recently purchased a Crucial M4 256GB SSD to replace my 140GB HDD for my HP Pavilion notebook. I have tried 3 different cloning softwares, and none of them seem to work. The closest I got was with the Macrium Reflect; it showed that the new SSD had the same amount of data on it, but a window popped up that said Windows could not read the drive. I installed it just to see, and the computer would not boot. The other softwares failed with error messages. Thinking there was an issue with my HDD, I ran DSKCHK, which froze, went to a blue screen which said something was corrupt, and then restarted and repeated. If I start the computer normally, it works fine, just slow, that is why I wanted the SSD. Is there anything I can do? Would it be worth it to recover the HDD back to factory conditions and the clone to the SSD? I have all my data backed up so I am not that worried about losing anything, but I don't have my original Windows install disk.
First, How was the HDD set up when windows was installed. If IDE then you need to first set to AHCI - If IDE then:
Leave bios set IDE. Use either "fix it for me" or "let me fix it myself". once that is done reboot go to bios and set to AHCI.
You do NOT want to "Clone" as that is a direct sector-by-sector copy You want to Migrate and at the same time correct some differences between HDD and SSD. Such as enabling Trim and PROPERLY aligning the partition. The two programs I use are:
EasyUS, a freebee: http://www.easeus.com/download.htm
and My favority, EZ-GIG ($18 @ newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161004
Once you can boot to windows on the SSD download AS SSD, do NOT need to run the benchmark, just open and look at the upper left:
.. Make model of SSD
.. FW (you want the latest)
.. Driver DO NOT want to see "pcide = BAD" If a Intel chipset then best is iaSTor although msahci is OK you will take a small performance hit
.. Partition alignment Should show "OK"
Will still need to verify that Trim is enabled (just google enable trim.
You may want to DELETE all partitons that have been installed on the SSD first.
You will find that when moving from an HDD -> SSD it is best to do a "Clean" install with ALL other HDDs disconnected. I only recommend the migration method in specific cases. All the issues I stated are AUTOMATICLY done with a Clean Install PLUS you end up with a FRESH CLEAN registry.
As J_E_D_70 said. You can also just barrow a Installtion dvd, just do NOT input the KEY when proped. after Installation is completed use the Key from your laptop to activate it.