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I've recently bought a Dell Inspiron 3650, and would like to clone the disk onto a samsung SSD I have bought for it, in order to speed up boot times etc.

Samsung provide a clone tool called "Samsung data migration", which I've had success with in the past for cloning a system from a HDD to SSD.

Having tried it on the dell, the disk is not bootable, Leaving me with an error that no bootable media can be found. I've tried using a recovery usb to fix any boot system errors, but this fails with an error.

Booting into windows on the old HDD, the system recognises the disks have the same ID and disables the SSD, so it looks like the clone was successful.

I've tried disabling secure boot in the bios and then doing the clone, but this doesn't make a difference.

What else should I try? The system has Windows 10 home installed and is brand new, straight out of the box.

  • Cloning can be sketchy, as you have found. I would recommend a clean install. – harley_woop Nov 18 '16 at 10:14
  • @harley_woop Have tried that too, but the usb recovery is unable to perform an install onto a new disk. without a windows installation disk and licence key, I have no other choice. – Neil P Nov 18 '16 at 10:17
  • have you tried Macrium? Does it work? Does it fail? Please give any feedback. – magicandre1981 Dec 9 '16 at 15:58
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I used Macrium Reflect Free a lot of times, to clone a HDD to a SSD.

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Connect the new SSD to the PC, clone the HDD to the SSD and now shutdown the PC, remove the old drive and set boot order to use the SSD. That's it, totally easy.

  • Used it twice to transfer to ssd, so yeah, this "just works" and no nag screens or bloatware either. – Yorik Nov 18 '16 at 16:52
  • Like a charm! Gparted, samsung data migration, everything else fails, but this does the job perfectly. Copes with differencing sizes of source/target drives too (often common when cloning to a smaller SSD). – Neil P Mar 27 '17 at 9:40
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I usually use a USB boot disk that is installed with WinPE + Symantec Ghost. Boot your PC with WinPE from the U disk, then use Ghost to clone the disk.

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