I have a known-good Clonezilla backup of the C: partition (Windows 7) that I wish to restore to a new, clean SSD drive. (Known-good means that I restored this image a few times before, and the restore was always successful -- and Windows 7 and all apps operated just fine).
I partition my drives, putting all data on the D: partition which allows me to re-image the C: partition as desired. Restores of the C: partition always work and solves Windows bloat and any stability issues. What is different this time is that I am not over-writing the existing C: partition, I am restoring to a newly-purchased, clean SSD that I prepared using GPartEd.
How I prepared the new SSD:
On the new, clean, SSD I created a C: partition (Primary) that is slightly larger than the C: partition on the old drive, and the rest as D:. Both partitions were created as Primary partitions but nothing else was done, no formatting etc.
After restoring the C: partition via Clonezilla, the new SSD will not boot. It gives the error "Invalid partition table!" I tried rebooting with GPartEd and marking the new SSD's C: partition as "boot" but that didn't fix it (it still won't boot - there is no error message now, just a blinking cursor at top left). My old drive still works just fine and I can use it to effect a solution (if I knew what to do...)
What should I do to make the new SSD drive bootable?