How to Boot Computer from Destination Disk?

June 16, 2020

Here is the guide for how to boot computer from destination disk after migrate Windows operating system to SSD/HDD, clone system disk to new hard disk.

After you migrate OS to SSD/HDD, you need to get into BIOS to set the new drive as the prior boot device to boot. Well, how to get into BIOS and change the boot order?

If you’re using Laptop:

1. First, power off your laptop.

2. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the hard drive positions and remove the hard disk back cover panel.

3. Take off the original disk carefully. Then, install the cloned SSD/HDD to your laptop.

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4. Cover the hard disk back cover panel.

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5. After that, you can reboot your computer from the destination disk directly.

If you’re using a desktop:

Usually, desktop allows you to install multiple hard drives on the host, which is different from laptop. To boot the computer from the cloned SSD/HDD, you need to get into BIOS to set the new drive as the prior boot device to boot. Do as the following steps:

1. Reboot your computer and press a specific key (usually the DEL, ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F11,F12 key) constantly to get into BIOS.

2. When you get into the BIOS, you can use the arrow keys to select the cloned SSD/HDD as the prior boot drive, press Enter key to boot from it. Such as the following pictures:

Change Boot Priority

Change Boot Order

Legacy/CSM boot mode:

However, many users could not boot computer from the destination disk successfully. The big possibility is because the computer is not using the correct boot mode--

If the cloned drive is an MBR disk, then you need to make sure the boot mode has been set as Legacy/CSM boot mode. Otherwise, the computer cannot boot from the drive.
If the cloned drive is a GPT disk, you need to make sure that the computer’s motherboard supports EFI/UEFI boot mode, and it has been set as EFI/UEFI boot mode. Otherwise, you cannot boot from the drive successfully.

How to change boot mode in BIOS?

Fortunately, many computers with UEFI firmware will allow you to enable a legacy/CSM BIOS compatibility mode.

Tip: You may need to disable the Secure Boot control under Boot tab (or Security tab, or the Authentication tab) before changing boot mode.

1. When you get into BIOS, look for a setting called “UEFI Boot”, “Launch CSM”, change the boot mode from UEFI to Legacy/CSM: disable the UEFI Boot option and enable CSM Boot support.

* If you need to boot from UEFI, just keep the Launch CSM “Disabled”.

Launch CSM

2. Or, find the Boot tab, and change the boot mode to Legacy or UEFI according to your need with the arrow keys. Press Enter to boot from it.

Change Boot Mode

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