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I tried to clone the hdd to an ssd and had a few errors so I looked into bios options possibly being the cause. I disabled legacy boot options and a then I restarted the computer it does not POST right away but takes a few minutes then POST with the go screen then loads into the press esc option for etc. I press boot options but it shows nothing under UEFI and cannot even find a bootable usb. The USB has a light is is lit up initially when the pc powers on but as soon as it posts the light goes off. I’m not sure what to do next and I’m stuck. Pls halp

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@Wookuus 

First off, technically, you can't actually CLONE an HDD to an SDD unless the second is the same capacity as the first -- as CLONE means to make an EXACT copy -- which can't be the case if the SSD is smaller than the HDD -- which is nearly always the case.


Various third-party cloning products claim to be able to do this by automatically shrinking the partitions from the HDD to fit onto the smaller SSD -- but those do not always work.

 

The BEST way to do this is to shrink the OS partition on the HDD prior to attempting this, to ensure all the existing partitions from the HDD will fit onto the SSD without resizing.



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@Wookuus -- if you "clone" a non-UEFI installation of Windows onto another disk-drive (or onto an SSD), you cannot switch to UEFI mode, and expect that the clone will be "bootable".

 

I slightly disagree with @WAWood  -- Several times, I have successfully "cloned" from a disk-drive onto a SSD that has a larger capacity. The cloning-software has two options: make a 100% clone, which results in "unassigned" disk-space at the end of the target device, or to "expand" while copying, to use all the available space on the target device. 

 

 

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@itsmyname 

Sorry if I was not clear -- but I was addressing migrating to a SMALLER drive, not LARGER. Of course you can CLONE to a larger drive -- that's not an issue.



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Wasnt exactly my question I was able to come to the conclusion of shrinking the OS within disk management. Which resulted in the clone being succesful. Now the my real issue is what the post is about. Still when the PC boots it takes a few mintes before it POSTS and loads into the operating system. I have changed multiple settings within bios disabling data verification execution. disabing legacy/network boot and even removed the cmos battery/changed/jumped the cmos and reset the bios. 

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hi

"I tried to clone the hdd to an ssd and had a few errors "

What error exactly did you have in particular messages?
So I also have a computer and also cloned the original HDD, much larger 1TB, to 500gb SSD
But I didn't have a problem, I didn't change anything in the bios, and it starts up much faster.
Maybe look in the event observer

 

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@Wookuus -- After you disconnect the data/power cables from the disk-drive and the CD/DVD drive, and disconnect any Ethernet cable, any printer-cable, any USB devices, any mouse-cable, leaving only the keyboard attached, how long does it take for the POST to complete?

 

Have you tried replacing the CMOS battery?

 

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