Finicky SSDs and Windows 10

For the second time this week (because for some reason I’m pretty busy with these kinds of jobs right now) but as has happened before, in addition to the occasional keyboard problem, I’ve been having issues with freshly installed Windows 10 going wonky on a new SSD.

Here’s my routine:

  1. I swap the old drive with a new SSD
  2. I install Windows 10, and perhaps get as far as installing all of the latest Windows Updates
  3. I will then connect the old drive to transfer in the documents/photos etc
  4. I then disconnect the old drive and startup back into Windows 10


Typically I’ll get something like this BSDO (Blue Screen Of Death):

This will be followed by the various Repair options and if I do manage to get back into Windows 10 after this, things wont be well; the files I transferred in are likely missing, and generally things will be glitchy to the point of being unusable.

The Solution?

  • I start again, with fingers crossed.

I don’t understand why this keeps happening; it’s not every time and I’m pretty sure it has only happened with desktop computers, rather than laptops.

I take various precautions including properly powering down the computer before connecting and disconnecting drives.

Today it was my intention, at Step 3, to boot into Windows 10 with the old drive installed but it booted to the old drive and Windows 7, so I transferred the files across from there, no bother. But when I continued to Step 4, it all went wrong.

One time I’d taken the innards of someone’s computer away to install Windows 10 (since I had visited them by bicycle, and couldn’t take the whole system), and I think already transferred in their files before returning things to them. Then once everything was reassembled I switched it on only to find the files I had previously transferred were missing, and the system glitchy beyond that. I had to take everything away again and begin the process from the start – extremely frustrating when taking into account my journeying back and forth and all the time spent downloading and installing the multitude of Windows Updates that are required following a fresh install.

I had wondered if I had transferred the files using a USB adapter cable and if that was the cause, but on the occasion today all was done using a SATA cable. Sometimes I might be transferring from an SSD to another SSD, or as was a previous experience from a hard drive to an SSD.


    • Oh, I haven’t had quite so many upgrades to do lately, but when I have I have been taking extra care and have been more cautious about removing an SSD from a system after installing Windows 10 on it. Therefore, no more issues as yet.

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