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Drive Letter Changed from C: to E: During Boot Disk Clone. How Restore It?

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I have an Acer Aspire X1301. Since the original 500Gb hard disk is failing, I'm trying to replace it with a Sandisk 120Gb SSD.

So I put the SSD into a USB drive enclosure, and from the original 500Gb hard disk C: I used the Disk Clone function of Acronis True Image. The computer was shut down immediately after the clone process. Then I removed the original drive and put the SSD in its place.

However, the computer wouldn't boot. When I booted from the Windows 7 recovery disk and went to the DOS prompt, I saw that all the files were there, but the DRIVE LETTER WAS CHANGED TO E:.

How can I restore the SSD back to C:, in order to boot to Windows from it? I don't want to have to reinstall the original drive, as it is unreliable. Can I change the boot order in the BIOS? What's the easiest way to fix this? Thanks for your help.

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The information in the link below should get you straightened out.

http://kb.acronis.com/content/2931

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Another possibility might be that your original disk has some non-lettered partitions and in the new disk, these originally non-lettered partitions got lettered. You may have partitions which need to have the letters removed.

Your posting implies that your first boot following the clone was with only the SD attached. Hopefully, that is correct as if both old and new attadhed, you could have boot issues with your old disk.

The boot disk location for SSD should be the same connectors as used with the spiin disk.

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Can I piggy back on this question, please? I figured out the laptop issue.

But, this happens on my desktop to... and all I'm wanting to do is to clone the drive IN CASE I need to switch over one day. I'm not looking to replace the drive.

And, yet, Acronis whacks the system variables and changes from C to F or whatever I cloned the drive through. That thoroughly destroys my system.

Does it have to do with the order they're plugged into the SATA slot and/or whether I'm cloning from an SSD to an ATA drive? (which I was).

I'm stuck rebuilding my system on Sunday night hoping I can be up and running Monday morning now. 

This isn't the first time it's happened to me. I just couldn't believe Acronis would do that to me.

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Paul, welcome to these public User Forums.

The conversation in this topic has gone untouched for 7 years!

I suspect that the core issue here is that you are cloning between 2 internal drives and therefore Acronis does expect that the cloned drive will take over from the source drive!

It would be better to clone from your internal drive to an external drive, then disconnect / remove the cloned drive when the action is complete.

Personally, I rarely use cloning as I find it a lot more efficient to using Backups where I can store multiple such backups on my backup drive rather than just having a single copy, plus can schedule such backups as needed.