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Old 09-04-2016, 12:20 PM   #1
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I am trying to install a new SSD in my (recently upgraded) Windows 10 Desktop. I used EaseUS to clone my C drive to the new SSD. I then removed the existing hard drive, plugged in the SSD to the SATA connection and tried to boot the computer. The computer then fails to boot properly. I created a usb recovery drive to reinstall windows, but when I turn the computer on with this installed, if I select 'Reset this PC' it says 'The drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again.'
If I select 'Recover from a drive' I get the message 'Unable to recover your PC. The system drive is too small.' The usb drive is 16gb. When I created it Windows said it needed to be at least 8gb. I created the recovery drive again on the same usb stick, and had the same problem. Would be grateful of any help. Many thanks.
I cloned the C drive portion of my existing hard drive to my new ssd (as shown below)
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Old 09-04-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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Locked drives are normally caused by windows 10 having hybrid sleep and fast boot options turned on after power management.
If computer is UEFI, all the boot info is stored in a partition other than the one the OS is on, If you just cloned the C drive, instead of the entire drive, odds are the partition with the boot info isn't on the disk.
May be another way to repair, but one way is to turn off the sleep options, then clone entire drive to the SSD.
Another option is IF you have the same version of W10 on a DVD, install it to the drive, then clone the C drive. it only works if the versions are the same. Using different versions for install and clone will refuse to boot, and attempting to upgrade with the newer version will prompt you to boot into the installed version and upgrading or overwriting everything.
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Old 09-04-2016, 11:01 PM   #3
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I think that starting again is best here. Put the original drive back into your computer if you can, then format the SSD (any file format is fine here). Once you have everything up and running again be sure to clone the entire drive. Many SSDs come with their own cloning / migration software which is often as effective as a 3rd party program. However if one is going to use a 3rd party program I highly recommend Paragon OS to SSD.
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:22 PM   #4
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When you cloned the old HDD, you did not clone the Whole disk, you just cloned the Windows partition. You need to also include the Hidden System Reserved Partition which includes the boot file. Restart the clone operation again, there is no need to Format first as the Clone operation will wipe the SSD before cloning. Be sure to include the System Reserved partition. If you have enough space on the SSD, include the 15GB Recovery partition as well, so if you need to restore the computer to factory settings, you can access that. Your SSD will not have enough free space to include the D: partition.
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