Asus Rampage 4 extreme BOOT problem

Asus Rampage 4 extreme problem  
i imaged an SSD 240 GB to a 512 GB in order to increase the disk space, but it refuses to to boot from the cloned drive; it DOES boot from the Original Windows 7 drive (64-bit)
The clone however Does boot ok from 2 different Asus boards
the disks are all in GPT format

are there any suggestions -EXCEPT bios update (there are about 20 updates - but i am not allowed to risk it by the customer
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nobusAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Nobus, do a test: install Windows 7 64bit directly onto this 512GB drive and see if it boots. And if yes then check in what type the drive was formatted by installation process. This way you can check if such big drives are supported at all by this motherboard and by checking the type of drive partitioning you will see what settings are used by BIOS in real.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
i value your continued support Noxcho
well - right now this drive (image) boots correct from 2 other systems
so it seems to be a problem with the board - not with the image, or disk imo
i even tried to get the image booting from an intel 240 GB drive (Original was Kingston SSDnow 240 GB - no dice!
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I understand it but still can you please try to install Windows 7 directly onto this drive connected to Rampage motherboard? This would give us important information.
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arnoldCommented:
Cone consideration, check if bios has secured boot that locks the new drive out,...
What happens when booting, do you get an error on the boot attempt?
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nobusAuthor Commented:
secure boot iis off
black screen with reboot system and select proper boot device ( the disk is identified ok in bios)
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arnoldCommented:
Try during bootup to invoke the boot manager and then select this SSD as the boot spurce.
Was the same Sata port used to connect the new drive?
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nobusAuthor Commented:
already done several times arnold - and tested from the same connection - as well as others
Noxcho - i just installed windows 7 on a SSD - no problems with install or bootup
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Very good. Now can you restore the backup of C drive from your old system over existing C of new installation?
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nobusAuthor Commented:
too late Noxcho - the guy fetched his pc today
too bad we could not finish it
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Oh, sorry to hear that. If you have a test PC you can play with “frankenstein”approach. I use it when other approaches do not help.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
probably he'll bring it in when he has a week(end) free
so i can do the bios update  -and install another system if the board fails
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