How to change boot drive from hdd to ssd?

One of the latest microsoft updates crashed my computer. As a result I had to get windows reinstalled in the repair shop. When I got my computer (laptop) back, I found that windows had been reinstalled on my hdd, not my ssd. I am looking to fix this now.

I've already cloned windows on to the ssd. I've been following the steps in other tutorials that tell me I have to change the boot option in the BIOS at startup. However, when I go to boot priorities, the ssd does not appear. When looking under Hard disk drive BBS priorities, it also does not appear; the only option that appears is my hard drive. I feel like I maybe missed a step somewhere; am I supposed to be able to go straight from cloning to be able to select the drive in BIOS?

Any help would be appreciated.

Hi MD. I'm Greg, an installation specialist, 10 year Windows MVP, and Volunteer Guardian Moderator here to help you.

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management, which I read like a doctor reads X-rays. Follow the steps here so I can see everything needed to advise you: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/foru...

You needed to clone the EFI/System partition in addition to C and Recovery partitions, then unplug the HDD to see if it will boot on its own. If so you can plug back in the HDD to delete it's EFI System partition so it cannot interfere.

Once I see the disk picture I can advise you better.
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Hi Greg,

Thanks for taking time to help me. Here is a screenshot of my disk management:

The Hard Drive (C:) is 1 TB and the SSD (D:) is 128 gb.

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You needed to include the EFI System and Recovery partitions too. The EFI System boots Windows and the Recovery partition has the tools in case Windows won't start. You could leave out Recovery but would need to have a Repair disk or media if Windows ever won't start.

The best way to clone is here:
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/29/the-best-way-t...
http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/C...

With Macrium it's so easy you drag the needed partitions to the new drive, then when you drag C it will size it down to fit as long as it fits. If not you should remove some files or apps so it fits the new SSD.

Once it's complete unplug the HDD and see if the SSD will start. If so you can plug back in the hard drive and delete it's EFI System in Disk Mgmt or using this method: https://techjourney.net/delete-and-remove-prote... so it cannot interfere.

Macrium also has a boot corrector in case it wont' start: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/85198-use-m...
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