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I have eventually cloned my HDD to SSD with Macrium - but encountered several issues . I would be grateful for the Board's advice as to what I did wrong plus I have a couple of questions .
Running Win 10 64 pro on an old Gigabyte motherboard GA-PS55-UD3.
First attempt to bare 1TB Western Digital SSD , clone properties set to SSD alignment - Blue screen SSD failed to boot 0xc000000e error winload.exe file missing . Wouldn't boot to recovery DVD or Macrium Rescue USB from the blue screen (key F8 from memory ) - I didn't try the Rescue USB from the BIOS. Note I always switch drive cables on first reboot after cloning , leaving the old drive disconnected , so no need to alter boot sequence in BIOS.
Rebooting back to HDD leaving SSD connected on second cable showed the SSD and all of its files - Macrium reported nothing untoward.
Second attempt - deleting SSD partitions within Macrium prior to cloning - properties set to SSD alignment . same result BSOD , same reported error
Third attempt - not setting SSD partitions to delete , letting Delta clone do its thing , not checking Advanced for SSD alignment ( as I assumed as an overwrite it would know ) - success . WD have an SSD drive tool which showed all OK . However on a subsequent reboot - this tool failed to report drive health . This led me to suspect the SSD alignment . Google suggested running msinfo32 and checking Partition Starting Offset is divisible by 4096 to a whole number - it wasn't . Is this check the only method ?
Question - Is this why the clone worked as SSD alignment not selected or is this a coincidence ?
Question - I couldn't find anything in Macrium to check existing SSD alignment nor any tool to convert alignment , Is this correct ? Seems odd that's it missed . I had to rely on free interweb stuff to do the deed - which is risky in my view .
Google led me to Minitool partition free software - so I ran its drive alignment . Partition offset now divisible by 4096 ( to 256 ) . A couple of reboots required to autofix some reported drive errors . WD tool now reports SSD health correctly.
Data transfer reported as 3GB/s against a drive capability of 6 GB/s . SATA 3.0 . Question - Is it worth switching to AHCI or is the main issue the age of the motherboard ?. AHCI not enabled in the BIOS . Google says switching it is not straightforward as registry changes have to be made first .
Thanks for listening !