No active partition after restore

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Bubblehead
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No active partition after restore

Post by Bubblehead » Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:33 am

1) Imaged c: (system) on 500gb M.2 SSD
2) Restored image to c: (system) on 1tb M.2 SSD

NO ACTIVE PARTITION on reboot

If I enter BIOS and manually select new drive, system will boot
If I enter BIOS and simply 'save settings', system will boot

I have a signature collision and device not migrated. How do I fix this. I've been trying for several days with no luck.

System works perfectly once booted

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Alt » Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:03 pm

1. Change the startup disk from the old SSD to the new SSD in computer's BIOS/UEFI and start the computer. The computer will load into the new Windows setup.

2. Run the Computer Management program and go to the Disk Management section.
You'll see that Windows has switched the old SSD offline because it has the same signature as the new SSD device.

3. Right-click the old SSD icon and switch the SSD online.

Windows will write a new signature to the old SSD.

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Bubblehead » Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:53 pm

Alt wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:03 pm
1. Change the startup disk from the old SSD to the new SSD in computer's BIOS/UEFI and start the computer. The computer will load into the new Windows setup.

2. Run the Computer Management program and go to the Disk Management section.
You'll see that Windows has switched the old SSD offline because it has the same signature as the new SSD device.

3. Right-click the old SSD icon and switch the SSD online.

Windows will write a new signature to the old SSD.
#1 Unfortunately, this did not work for me. I cannot boot to the new M.2 with the old M.2 in the system. If I manually ask BIOS to boot from the new M.2, I will get 'No active partition' and startup stops.
#2 This does not happen. Because I can only boot using the old M.2, the new M.2 is shown as offline. If I select it as online, it will crash the drive the next time I try to boot with it.

So... can't boot to new M.2 unless the old M.2 is out of the system. In that case, I still have to enter BIOS, save settings (even though none have changed) in order to boot from the new M.2. The system will work perfectly.
However, if I try to boot from the new M.2 after having booted from the old M.2, the new M.2 is corrupted and I have to restore from the original image again.

Thinking I had a BIOS problem, I changed the CMOS battery, re-flashed the BIOS twice using two different methods. Thinking I then had a bad BIOS (unlikely though that may be), I swapped out motherboards. Same problem. New power supply... same problem.

Somewhere along the line, the save image and restore image process dropped the ball. How can I manually set the new M.2 as the active partition; currently, I seem unable to do so using Disk Management.

I know this sounds confusing. Help!

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Alt » Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:15 pm

Did you copy ALL partitions, including one or several hidden system partition(s), from the old SSD to the new SSD?

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Bubblehead » Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:00 pm

Yes, everything was restored... partition by partition, as shown here:
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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Alt » Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:14 am

Then, what were ALL parameters on the Restore/Copy Parameters panel?

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Bubblehead » Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:37 pm

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Bubblehead » Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:41 pm

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Alt » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:25 am

Now I need ALL parameter during image restoration to the new SSD.

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Re: No active partition after restore

Post by Bubblehead » Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:40 pm

I can't go any farther without actually restoring, and I'd rather not do that again...
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