Windows 10: BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive

Discus and support BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I just purchased a 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD to replace my 1TB WD HDD. I cloned my Win10 OS drive using Macrium Reflect, as I have successfully done... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by dirtbag, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. dirtbag Win User

    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive


    I just purchased a 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD to replace my 1TB WD HDD. I cloned my Win10 OS drive using Macrium Reflect, as I have successfully done countless times in the past from HDD to HDD, HDD to SSD, and so on..

    When attempting to boot from either the SSD or HDD -with one or the other, or both connected to the mob- the BIOS reads "Boot error". Hitting any key will reboot the PC. I've tried startup repair with a Win10 repair disc and System Restore gives an error reading, "To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore. Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore., no matter which drive I try booting from.

    I am at a loss and cannot decide what my next step is, I really hope I am missing something..

    :)
     
    dirtbag, Feb 19, 2016
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  2. arte358 Win User

    When upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, update fails and I get 80070002-20009 error

    Perhaps the Windows 10 upgrade package sees the OS on cloned drives as unauthorized duplications? How many in this thread are booting from cloned drives (including me)?
     
    arte358, Feb 19, 2016
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  3. Added d drive but can't search for files on it

    He's not trying to dual boot. It should be obvious to anyone who can read that he transferred the OS to the SSD, formatted the HDD and added the latter as a secondary drive to the system.

    Seriously, do you know what cloning means? It's a 100% copy of all the data on the drive, including even the partition table.
     
    RobertJWin, Feb 19, 2016
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  4. bobfrost Win User

    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive

    Have you tried clearing the CMOS? Changing drives often causes conflicts with stored info in CMOS.

    Bob Frost
     
    bobfrost, Feb 19, 2016
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  5. dirtbag Win User
    I have reset the CMOS by removing the mobo battery. Haven't tried via BIOS settings.
     
    dirtbag, Feb 19, 2016
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  6. topgundcp Win User
    You can try with only SSD connected. Boot up the PC with the Macrium Rescue disk then click on the option"Fix Windows boot problems"

    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive [​IMG]
     
    topgundcp, Feb 19, 2016
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  7. NavyLCDR New Member
    Is the SSD the correct partition scheme type, GPT or MBR? GPT is for UEFI bios and MBR is for legacy bios.
     
    NavyLCDR, Feb 19, 2016
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  8. dirtbag Win User

    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive

    I didn't create a rescue disc and my only other currently working machine is a 2015 MacBook Pro; no optical drive. I'm not sure of the partition type but I have tried booting in both legacy and UEFI. I did get Windows to boot once off the HDD before it eventually blue screened and saw that the SSD had less data on it than the HDD. I'm guessing Macrium didn't clone the drive properly. But I'm still stumped as to why the original OS drive won't boot.
     
    dirtbag, Feb 19, 2016
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  9. lmaneke Win User
    You may need to insert your installation DVD and do a startup repair. I cloned a drive before, and for some reason the cloned drive wasn't set as an active drive. Once I did the startup repair, it worked, however, that was on Windows 7 when I did that
     
    lmaneke, Feb 19, 2016
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  10. dirtbag Win User
    I've tried startup repair with a repair disc and it gave me an error, see op. But I think you're right, it may need to be an install disc. That's what I've used in the past when cloning drives. I have a Win10 .iso on my HDD, I'll have to try creating a live USB drive to burn the .iso to a disc when I get home.
     
    dirtbag, Feb 19, 2016
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  11. topgundcp Win User
    When cloning a disk to another disk, sometimes the disk ID is also cloned causing conflict that 2 disks are having the same disk ID. That's why it's always better to create a backup image then restore to second disk, cluster size will be properly aligned and Macrium also performs trimming on the SSD.
    You can download the rescue disk ISO from my G Drive and put on a USB to boot up.
    Rescue6.1.1081X64.iso
     
    topgundcp, Feb 19, 2016
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  12. XweAponX Win User
    You might have failed to copy the boot partition when you copied the drive... I always copy the whole drive vs just the system partition. Windows 10 creates some "reserved" partitions. In some cases, if you had multiple drives, the boot partition might not even be on the same drive, it's that way on my Windows 8 machine. :/
     
    XweAponX, Feb 20, 2016
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  13. dirtbag Win User

    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive

    I ended up giving in and performed a clean install on the SSD. I'm still trying to get the HDD to boot, but it's not a priority as I can access the files with no issue.
     
    dirtbag, Mar 2, 2016
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  14. dsychan Win User
    I have the same issue, Just wondering if I can still not install from scratch. I had windows 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10 now there are multiple partitions on my system. I used the samsung data migration tool and it did clone my drive, but did not copy the boot portion.
    When I placed my ssd in the laptop. It states no boot partition found. Just wondering if there is any way to make this the boot partition with out reinstalling from scratch


    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive [​IMG]
     
    dsychan, Mar 29, 2016
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  15. dsychan Win User
    I have the same issue, Just wondering if I can still not install from scratch. I had windows 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10 now there are multiple partitions on my system. I used the samsung data migration tool and it did clone my drive, but did not copy the boot portion.
    When I placed my ssd in the laptop. It states no boot partition found. Just wondering if there is any way to make this the boot partition with out reinstalling from scratch


    BIOS reads "Boot error" after cloning OS drive [​IMG]
     
    dsychan, Mar 29, 2016
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