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I am trying to replace the old Western Digital 1 tb HDD with a Crucial MX500 1Tb SSD. I cloned the drive with the Crucial Acronis software and swapped the drives. The system has secure boot off UEFI set but the system goes straight to automatic repair. I have tried legacy rather than UEFI with no success. With the clone attached via usb and booted from the old HDD the system storage manager shows the device partitions appear the same.

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My guess is that may be your issue. Years ago I did that with Acronis because I didn't have a free port to put the drive in the machine and it failed. I then created an image stored on another drive, swapped in the new and restored to it. That's when i quit cloning, without realizing it was probably due to using usb for the clone. Good luck!

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I have had good success with Crucial drives BUT I have had problems with Crucial 500MX on a couple Dell machines with the Intel Storage Controller driver. Changing to the MS driver works but that has to be done prior to the clone or image creation. Real pain that I’ve never experienced with any other brand SSD. For that reason I no longer use Crucial drives.

Also, I generally prefer to create an image and restore to new drive rather than cloning but that's just me.

I also agree that I like imaging more than cloning. Also I find Macrium Reflect Free more user friendly and has a very GUI to navigate. Also there are a lot of tutorials on their web site and on YouTube.




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Thanks for the replies I’ll look into things. I have recently installed Crucial SSD in 2 Dell laptops with zero issue so this has been unexpected. I’ll report back 

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Just checked and the Storage controller drivers I have are already MS. I am downloading Macrium to retry

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@Mart  Not sure how you went about cloning but saw this on Acronis' forum. May apply if you had new drive in usb enclosure

It is recommended to put the new drive in the laptop first, and connect the old drive via USB. Otherwise you will may not be able to boot from the new cloned drive, as Acronis True Image will apply a bootability fix to the new disk and adjust the boot settings of the target drive to boot from USB. If the new disk is inside the laptop, the boot settings will be automatically adjusted to boot from internal disk. As such, hard disk bays cannot be used for target disks. For example, if you have a target hard disk (i.e. the new disk to which you clone, and from which you intend to boot the machine) in a bay, and not physically inside the laptop, the target hard disk will be unbootable after the cloning.

https://forum.acronis.com/forum/acronis-true-image-2020-forum/cloned-ssd-wont-boot-windows-automatic...

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I cloned the SSD with it connected via a USB converter cable then swapped out the original HDD for the SSD. Will take a look at the thread thanks again 

My guess is that may be your issue. Years ago I did that with Acronis because I didn't have a free port to put the drive in the machine and it failed. I then created an image stored on another drive, swapped in the new and restored to it. That's when i quit cloning, without realizing it was probably due to using usb for the clone. Good luck!

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Thanks for all contributions. I redid the clone using Macrium Reflect (free trial); as before with Acronis using a USB to SATA cable to connect the SSD and the system booted up first time. I have never had problems before with the Acronis software and Crucial SSD (actually cloned a Dell laptop HDD to another MX 500 1Tb Crucial SSD about 2 months ago). So odd but sorted

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