SATA HDD to SATA SSD issues

Racerxsrh

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Ok so my issue starts when i try to replace my non-boot drive SATA 1TB HDD with a SATA 2TB SSD in my laptop. With the original HDD in place laptop boots just fine, With original HDD removed laptop boots just fine, but when i install the SSD it sits on the ASUS ROG boot screen and never moves. What can i do to make this drive work or is it even possible? BTW Boot drive is a 256GB nVME SSD

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, Build 19041, Installed 20200912115120.000000-420
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3, CPU Count: 8
Total Physical RAM: 32 GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Hard Drives: C: 237 GB (113 GB Free); D: 931 GB (931 GB Free);
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. GL702VM, ver 1.0, s/n BSN12345678901234567
System: American Megatrends Inc., ver _ASUS_ - 1072009, s/n G8N0WU047525337
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
 
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First make sure you have the MS MCT ISO bootable USB with your version of windows on it. Power down and remove all your HDD's. Then install the NVME drive. Attach USB drive to laptop, power on and boot from USB to install windows.
 

Racerxsrh

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The NVME is not the issue as far as I can tell. I have a fresh windows install on it and it works when the 1TB sata hdd is in and it also works when I remove it but when I put a 2TB sata ssd in place of the 1TB hdd it all of a sudden wont boot past ROG loading screen
 

crjdriver

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Yes, it is the issue. When you install on a M.2 type drive, windows setup will install the boot files to the first drive on a sata port NOT the M.2 drive. With only the M.2 drive installed, setup has no choice and must install ALL files to the M.2.
Once done with the install, shutdown and reconnect the other drive. Note you may have to change the boot order after you install the other drive. Depends on whether you installed in uefi mode or legacy mode.
 

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