I've seen strange issues when cloning, in that Windows can get confused if the old drive is still present - it thinks it can see the same drive twice and then one won't initialise. That's understandable I suppose, as it would be cloning the drive identifier information in Windows too. But who knows, maybe it was the cloning that did the damage. A complete mystery to me lol. Mind you, there is rather a lot that I don't understand to be honest 🙂
and as I get older, that probably won't improve.
Last time I tried to clone I used Clonezilla and couldn't get it to work properly. It seemed to have worked, but wouldn't boot from the drive. I tried to fix that, but gave up. I used to use it for regularly for OS backups and it was very good generally. Then I tried Macrium Reflect and that worked like a dream. It's free and still my preferred software for such tasks, just in case anybody wants to try it.
Z690 Hero, BIOS 2305, ME Firmware 22.214.171.1246, 7000X Case, RM1000x PSU, i9 12900K, ASUS TUF OC 3090TI, 2 x 16GB Corsair RAM @ 5200MHz, Windows 11 Pro 22H2, Corsair H150i Elite AIO, 4x Corsair RGB fans, 3x M.2 NVME drives, 2x SATA SSDs, 2x SATA HDs.