Okay, so this past couple of weeks has just been another small addition to the chapters of the last 3 decades of my life: no luck but bad.
I was in the process of switching boot drives from a 60G SSD to a 240G SSD, but during the process, I accidentally activated the original boot drive instead of the cloned version of the drive (the drive names got switched around when I first rebooted, still using the original boot drive). I cloned it use DriveImageXML, which has worked for others in the past.
I since reinstalled Windows 10 on the 60G drive, but I cannot get the 240G drive up and running as a boot drive. The drive shows as a valid installation, but I cannot add it to the BCD (?) list, as I get an error saying something like "pathway not found" or some such.
When I attempt to do the /fix commands using bootrec, such as /fixmbr, I get "access is denied."
I just cannot get around this. I really, really, do not want to have to reinstall all of my programs, that will literally days as they are all downloads, some of which I will probably have to purchase again if I cannot get this resolved.
So, if someone skilled in these matters has a solution, please post a comment.
I would like to get the larger SSD to boot, and/or be able to recover the installation information, that is currently on the larger SSD, so that I can simply access the programs through the newly installed Windows10 on my smaller SSD.
Windows 10 bloat is what caused this issue in the first place, maxing out my boot drive and then forcing it to crash continually through failed updates.