Problems With Cloning SSD Drives

By Joshua Bailey

The solid state drive (SSD) is a breakthrough hard drive technology that removes the moving parts from a standard hard drive and replaces them with flash memory. Flash memory is the same memory found in memory cards, such as the SDHC and Memory Stick Pro Duo. Flash memory is quicker than that of a mechanical hard drive, as it can write and read almost instantly. When cloning a hard drive to an SSD, you can run into problems that will prevent the SSD from becoming your lone hard drive on your computer.


Alignment issues often occur when cloning a hard drive to a solid state drive. This means that partitions are not copied in the correct order, preventing Windows from booting up properly. This will not be a problem with older operating systems that use just one partition, but newer ones such as Windows Vista and 7 use two or more to boot your desktop computer.

Too Many Connections

Many tutorials on the Internet neglect to discuss disconnecting any extra hard drives the first time the computer is booted up with the cloned solid state hard drive. If more than one hard drive is connected, the computer will begin to take information off of both drives in order to boot. This will either leave you stranded at the "Sign In" screen or in a bootloop. Make sure you disconnect any other hard drive than the SSD.

Boot Manager Missing

Another common problem that will prevent your computer from booting up after cloning your hard drive to an SSD is that the boot manager is never copied over to the SSD. Without the boot manager, the Windows machine will not know with what to load your computer.