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How to Clone M.2 SSD to Larger M.2 SSD from Laptop/Desktop

Updated on Apr 02, 2019 by Jean to Backup Utility

Do you want to upgrade an M.2 SSD to a larger M.2 SSD? A capable M.2 SSD to SSD cloning software could help! On this page, you will learn a complete guide for how to clone everything including the operating system, data, installed programs and settings from one drive to another.

"I am running a 128GB SSD on my laptop. Now the disk is getting full with more and more data. So, I buy a 250GB M.2 SSD and want to use it to replace the existing 128 SSD. I don't want to reinstall the operating system as well as the installed programs, or manually migrate the files. Someone told me that I can do it by cloning the 128GB M.2 SSD to 250GB M.2 SSD, but I don't have a clue. Is there anyone can help?"

Clone an M.2 SSD to a larger M.2 SSD with EaseUS disk cloning software

The system files, installed applications, and personal data can easily eat up your M.2 SSD space and slow down your PC, especially when you are using an M.2 SSD with small storage capacity. When the low disk space appears, you need to clone an M.2 SSD to a larger M.2 SSD to upgrade the disk for better performance. But how can you do this job without encountering an issue that cloned SSD won't boot? What will you need to clone one drive to another?

Actually, it is quite easy! No technical skills or professional knowledge is required. Just a powerful and easy-to-use SSD to SSD cloning software can do it for you. EaseUS Todo Backup is the program you need. Its advanced and flexible clone feature and wizard-like interface can do you a great favor.

Try to conduct the overall process like this:

1. Install the M.2 SSD

Before you install the SSD drive though, first make sure that the SSD drive you bought is compatible with your laptop motherboard.

On a laptop

install m.2 ssd in a laptop

  • Open M.2 slot
  • Slide the M.2 SSD drive inside slot
  • Screw the SSD drive in
  • Finalize and cover 

On a desktop computer

install m.2 ssd in a desktop

  • On the motherboard, look for an M.2 connector, usually labeled with "PCIe".
  • Carefully insert the M.2 SSD into its slot and then secure the M.2 SSD using the mounting screw.

2. Clone via EaseUS Todo Backup

Make sure that both the SSDs are recognized by your computer. Download and install the essential disk cloning software, or you may treat it as an M.2 SSD to M.2 SSD duplicator.

To clone one M.2 SSD to another larger M.2 SSD, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS SSD cloning software and choose "Clone" to start cloning one SSD to the other larger SSD.​

choose clone to clone ssd to larger ssd

Step 2. Choose the smaller SSD as the source disk and click "Next".

choose smaller ssd as source disk

Step 3. Choose the larger SSD as the destination disk. Here, we highly suggest you tick the option "Optimize for SSD" within "Advanced options" in the bottom left corner. Click "OK" and then click "Next".

choose the larger ssd as destination disk

Step 4. If nothing's wrong on the disk layout, click "Proceed". It won't take long to clone a smaller SSD to a larger SSD.​

preview disk layout and click proceed

3. Boot from the cloned M.2 SSD

At last, if you cloned the operating system to the new SSD and wish to boot Windows from it, try to disconnect the old SSD from your computer. This way ensures you to boot from the SSD after cloning without failure.