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

Jean updated on Sep 12, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

"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 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.


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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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