Clone Windows Disk from HDD to SSD
Just a note I recently upgraded to an SSD on my existing Windows PC and purchased a Kingston SSD upgrade kit which came with hard drive cloning software from Acronis True Image HD. Used the software to clone my existing HDD to the newly SSD drive which was fine and no event.
When replacing the drive with the new SSD I found that that it would fail to load windows. It would come up with the error
“Windows failed to start. A Recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click next
3. Click “repair your computer.”
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
I did that…It will not let me do system restore or repair. It will let me try to load a driver for my HD’s and when i do that it lets me browse my computer and I can see everything, that part is odd to me.
So I proceeded with loading a Windows Vista Disc I had available to me and choosing the repair option. It then offers to repair the partition but I found this was no use. Instead bypass this message and click on the “command prompt” option.
Once in the command prompt;
You will see a number of options;
Repair BCD is the most essential command, as it locates missing OS’s from BCD and links them, without modifying the other contents of BCD. Repair MBR is a dangerous command, and should only be used after running repairbcd as it will wipe the MBR and recreate it using the information from BCD. If the MBR is corrupted with false information from BCD, windows will be unable to repair this itself and a reinstall will be needed to correct it. Os Scan is a simple tool, used by repairbcd to scan for OS’s not linked to either the MBR or the BCD.
Run bootrec /repairbcd
Answer Y once repairbcd has found the desired installation. You should recieve the message, “All tasks completed successfully”
Run bootrec /osscan
If osscan returns an OS that is not linked, that is a vista OS, you will need to;
Run bootrec /repairmbr
Once these steps have been completed, your “generalised” BCD will no longer be “generalised” and the system should be able to start without problem. If you are presented with the same error, simply turn the system off and back on again, The system should boot fine.
Hope this helps someone out, it certainly helped me!