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I wanted to post this in case anyone else runs into this.
I used Macrium v6 for the first time to clone a 64GB SSD for the purpose of replacing the drive with a larger SSD. The clone was successful (took 2.14 minutes).
When I looked at the clone drive in Windows Disk Manager (i.e. open File Explorer, right-click on "Computer" or "This PC" depending on OS, then select "Manage". Go to "Storage > Disk Manager"), the clone looks identical both the existing C: drive and cloned E: drive showed the primary partition as Active except the "E:" drive and does not show "Boot, Page File, Crash Dump" in the primary partition like the original drive does. I was wondering if something didn't clone properly so I decided to try to boot of the cloned drive.
I booted up using F11 to select the boot drive, and I selected the new drive E: (a Samsung 850 Pro SSD). But it did not boot. All I got was a blinking white dash on a black screen. I restarted but this time went into BIOS (UEFI) and set the new E: drive as first boot device, checked all the settings and restarted. No good. Still won't boot.
So to further test, this time I removed the current C: drive and installed the clone E: drive (plugging in to same SATA port that C: was using. This time when I rebooted and the computer started up. No problems. When I looked at the clone drive in Drive Manager, it was now "C:" drive and had the "Boot, Page File, and Crash Dump" showing on the primary partition. Everything working as it should. I'm sure I could have just left the clone dive plugged into the SATA port where I started - and just unplugged the C: drive and would have been fine.
So for anyone else testing their Clone, you can't boot from a clone when you already have a valid boot drive installed.