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Boot Loop Solved...Now What?

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So, I bought a new internal SSD, popped it in, ran disk clone.

I ended up in a boot loop with Acronis, but I switched the priority to my original boot drive.

Up and running with the old drive, but the computer will not boot from the new disk.

Is there a way I can fix this?  If so, how?  If there is any additional info needed to ascertain the right path, I'll be glad to upload.

Thanks!

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Taylor, welcome to these public User Forums.

Sorry but one golden rule when cloning is to not attempt to boot into Windows when you have 2 drives present with the same disk signature as a result of cloning.  This can cause corruption among other issues.

The purpose of cloning is to make a duplicate copy of the source drive on the target, after which the source should be removed, and the new target drive moved to replace that original drive, after which the system should be booted with only the new drive installed.

If all is Ok, then ideally, you should connect the original (source) drive externally by USB using an adapter or dock, then reformat the drive if intending to install it as a second drive in the same PC.

You have not mentioned any details of the version of Windows OS used, or of the type of drives involved, and the BIOS boot mode used by the OS plus the type of PC involved, all of which is important information that can affect how cloning is performed?

Please see KB 56634: Acronis True Image: how to clone a disk - and review the step by step guide given there.

Note: the first section of the above KB document directs laptop users to KB 2931: How to clone a laptop hard drive - and has the following paragraph:

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.

KB 59877: Acronis True Image: how to distinguish between UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes of Acronis Bootable Media