How to Clone NVMe M.2 Drive from M.2 or SATA SSD in Notebook

What Is an NVMe M.2 Drive?

NVMe M.2 Drive is a type of SSD (solid-state drive), mostly used in Ultrabooks and laptops. Before we get into NVMe M.2 drive, let’s see M.2 SSD first.

Why do You Need to Clone NVMe M.2 Drive?

  1. To get larger storage space. If you find the NVMe M.2 drive capacity not enough as you savemore software and games on it, you may need to upgrade it to a larger one.
  2. To get higher transfer rate. NVMeM.2 SSDs are regarded as the fastest SSDs in the market. You canupgrade your hard drive to an NVMeM.2 SSD to speed up your computerif you are using SATA or other types of drives.
  3. To avoidhard disk failures. A hard drive used for a few years is easy to wear out. You can avoid hard disk failures by replacing your old NVMe M.2 drive with a new one.

How to Clone M.2 SSD with Only One Slot

If your computer has only one M.2 slot, I recommend you touse an NVMe to USB adapter to connect your new NVMe M.2 drive to your laptop and then clone your old drive to the new NVMe M.2 SSD. Then, you can disassemble your computer to remove the old drive and install the new M.2 SSD.

First Move: Clone NVMe M.2 SSD

Step 1: Connect the new NVMe M.2 SSD to your laptop through a USB adapter.

  • Copy partitions without resizing: all the partitions copied into the new M.2 SSD will not be changed in both size and location.
  • Align partitions to 1 MB: it is recommended for improving the performance of your M.2 SSD.
  • Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk: if you check this option, you can clone NVMe M.2 drive with GPT partition style. Click MBR vs GPT to know more.

Second Move: Install the New NVMe M.2 SSD and Boot from It

Now you can remove your old NVMe M.2drive, install the new SSD and then boot from it.

  1. Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds to release any residual power from the notebook.
  2. Remove the case cover and locate the M.2 SSD on the motherboard. Loosen the screw and unplug your old M.2 Drive.

How to Clone M.2 SSD with 2 slots

If there are two NVMe drive slots in your laptop, you can directly install your new NVMe M.2 drive into your computer and then clone the data and OS to your new NVMe M.2 drive.

NVMe M.2 Drive Options

There are some popular NVMe drives which you can take into consideration if you haven’t bought one.

  • Form factor: M.2 2280 (22 for width, 80 for length)
  • Capacity: 250 GB/500 GB
  • Price: about $77.99 for 500 GB drive
  • Warranty: 5 year manufacturer’s limited warranty
  • Form factor: M.2 2280
  • Capacity: vary from 240 GB to 1 TB
  • Price: $119.99 for 1 TB
  • Form factor: M.2 2280
  • Capacity: up to 1 TB
  • Price: $67.55 for 500 GB
  • Form factor: M.2 2280
  • Capacity: 512 GB/1 TB
  • Price: $159.99 for 512 GB, $299.99 for 1 TB
  • Warranty: 5-year limited warranty

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Bottom Line

After reading this post, you must know deeper about NVMe M.2 Drive, a small but fast SSD. Whether you are looking for a new NVMe M.2 Drive or the way to clone an NVMe M.2 drive, you can get what you want in this guide on how to clone M.2 NVMe drive.