I have no idea why you are having problems, I have cloned a fair few disks over the last few years, spinny to spinny, spinny to SSD, SSD to spinny and SSD to SSD and never had the problem you are having, I have used Acornis in the past, it works, but not the best software I have used.
Is the crucial drive working, can you use it as a second drive? If so then the drive is not at fault.
Is this the first time you have cloned a drive? do not give up so easily, Crucial drives are fine, I normally use corsair myself, but I know people who do have crucial drives.
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