Crystal Disk Info indicated that c: was on the way out so I got a m.2 pcie and using macrium reflect and cloned c: to an external ssd in an enclosure. I couldn’t get the pc to boot from the ssd when installed in the m.2 internal slot. I took the computer to my friendly geek squad and asked them to set the BIOS to boot from the ssd. Instead of doing that they reinstalled windows on the ssd and recovered some of my files. Before I took the computer in I made another clone of the original cloned ssd on an identical ssd in the external enclosure.
When I brought the computer home I realized I’d have to reinstall my programs and personalize everything again. Since Clone1 and Clone2 should be identical I thought I could remove the installed Clone1 (which was now a reinstalled windows) and inserted Clone2. It won’t boot from Clone2 even though the disks are the same ssd.
Can you suggest anything I can do to boot from SSD Clone2. Computer is Dell Inspiron 7773. ssd’s are Crucial P2 500 GB.
First, you need to get your hands on a working computer, install Macrium and create the USB rescue media. Tap or click here to see how to create USB rescue media
Then perform the following again:
I got a m.2 pcie and using macrium reflect and cloned c: to an external ssd in an enclosure. I couldn’t get the pc to boot from the SSD when installed in the m.2 internal slot.
Once you have you original clone on the new m.2 Disk, insert the USB rescue media and follow the steps on this link here to fix your boot record.
Please note there are two types of m.2 SSD’s one is m.2 SSD the other is m.2 NVME, one has one notch they other has two notches where you plug it in.
Please confirm you are swapping the original for the same type. If you provide Make and model numbers of both I might be able to better assist.
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