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Windows 7: Unable to boot from cloned HDD

22 Jun 2016   #1
davide445

Win7ProSP1x64
 
 
Unable to boot from cloned HDD

Using EaseUS Todo Backup Free I cloned the whole C drive into the new SSD drive in mine old Lenovo X220.

Now even selecting the SSD as boot drive in BIOS the laptop boot always from the old HDD.

In the this link my current drive config, any hint is welcomed

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxb...ew?usp=sharing


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22 Jun 2016   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

After you clone the drive you should always remove the old drive before booting the first time. You can add it to the system later.

Try removing the old drive and, if necessary, accomplish a startup repair.
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22 Jun 2016   #3
davide445

Win7ProSP1x64
 
 

Thanks for answering.
I didn't have the Win 7 installation disk since was an OEM install and also my laptop come without DVD reader, can I create a recovery disk on an USB stick?
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22 Jun 2016   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes you can use a USB stick. You could also reclone the drive, if nothing else works, and remove the original before you boot to the clone.
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22 Jun 2016   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You could also try imaging rather than cloning.
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22 Jun 2016   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davide445 View Post
I didn't have the Win 7 installation disk since was an OEM install
Legit ISO's from MS are available again (now) using the downloader available here:
https://heidoc.net/joomla/technology...-download-tool

The only caveat i've had is i have to start the downloader with "Run as administrator".
I log into Windows with a standard account, ymmv.
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23 Jun 2016   #7
davide445

Win7ProSP1x64
 
 

Tried to remove the original HDD and start with just the SSD.
It's working....just a bit.
The first time after login the system told me is preparing the desktop, and after that asked me to reboot.
Done, again preparing the desktop and finally I reach the desktop....that's completely empty with blue background and a writing in the bottom right corner telling me the Win installation it's not original.
There is no command bar no start menu nothing, just a light blue background with this writing.
Tested another couple of reboot same behavior, preparing the desktop and next this fake desktop.
Back to HDD all is working normally.
Cloning for some reason broke Win license?
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26 Jun 2016   #8
davide445

Win7ProSP1x64
 
 

I didn't know how to proceed, maybe someone can give me a suggestion if image the HDD to SSD will be better or better will be to follow another path.
Only I didn't want to reinstall Win from scratch, way too many programs and configurations to recreate.
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26 Jun 2016   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Imaging can't hurt.

You should be able to install Macrium, make an image, and attempt a restore within an hour or so once you have a half-baked idea of how Macrium works.

I have no idea why cloning won't work. Imaging may fail as well. But it's easy enough to find out.

I'm not sure what other path you have other than imaging, clean install, or figuring out why cloning failed.
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29 Jun 2016   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As long as you have a place to store an image, use Macrium to create an image, remove the hard drive, then reimage to the ssd.

But anyway.......

Why are there no system files on Disk 1 if that is the new SSD ? That is why it won`t boot on its own.

By the way, you don`t have a C drive, C is just a partition on your drive, the entire thing is called a drive

This is what needs to be done.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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