2020 Tips | How to Clone HDD to M.2 SSD

Brithny updated on Jul 02, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Part 1. How to Clone HDD to M.2 SSD in Windows 10/8.1/8/7
Part 2. Replace the HDD with the M.2 SSD

M.2 SSD Cloning Problem - SSD Won't Boot 

Most people are looking for effective ways to clone SSD to M.2, and most people have the boot problem after cloning. Here is the real case from Spiceworks:

"Had a Dell laptop come with a  Toshiba 128GB THNSNK128GVN8  M.2 2280 6Gb/ with Win 10. I wanted to fit in a larger SSD and cloned the SSD to another 2.5" laptop M.2 SSD 500 Gb capacity. Now when I boot up the laptop, I get a message Hard drive not detected. I went into the bios setup to see if the HDD is being detected, and still, it isn't." Source: https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2075580-m-2-ssd-cloning-to-larger-hdd

You may encounter an unbootable problem if you are cloning an HDD or SSD in the wrong way. After cloning, you should enter BIOS to change the boot order if you have had a system clone. In this article, you are going to learn how to clone HDD to M.2 SSD easily, and the way to boot into BIOS to change the boot order.

Part 1. How to Clone HDD to M.2 SSD in Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Disk clone can help you avoid all the tedious job of reinstalling Windows and all of your applications. So, sometimes, you might be required to clone M.2 SSD to larger M.2 SSD or clone HDD to M.2 SSD for disk upgrade, system migration, data transfer, file backup, or some other purpose. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can efficiently perform a successful M.2 SSD or HDD clone.

All you need is EaseUS Disk Copy. It is recommended for its powerful cloning capacity and advanced & flexible cloning feature. It can help you easily clone HDD to M.2 SSD without cloned HDD won't boot issue, which you might suffer while using other disk cloning tools. Download this software to enjoy these highlights:

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Steps to clone HDD to M.2 SSD:

Activate this software, and follow these steps to clone a hard drive to M.2 SSD.


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Step 1: In "Disk Mode", select the HDD that you want to clone.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 2: Select the SSD as your destination.

select the SSD

A warning message tells you that the data on the SSD will be erased. Click "OK" to continue if you do not have important data on the destination disk.

confirm the message

Step 3: Edit the disk layout and then click “Proceed” to continue.

As the destination is an SSD, you are suggested to tick "Check the option if the target is SSD".

check the diak layout

Step 4: Wait for the process to complete.

click proceed to start the cloning process

Part 2. Replace the HDD with the M.2 SSD

After cloning, you might look for a way to install the M.2 SSD and boot from it. If the M.2 SSD doesn't include the operating system, simply connect it to your laptop or PC, and you can use it. If the SSD has the OS, follow the guide below and boot from it.

Here is an example of replacing the HDD with an SSD on a laptop:

Step 1. Turn off the laptop and remove the black panel.

Turn off the laptop and then disconnect both the power cable and any other connected cables - including the SSD. Unscrew the back panel and remove it to get access to your hard drive.

Step 2. Lift the old drive about 30 or 45 degrees and pull it out.

In its place, install the SSD and put the back panel on.

replace hdd with m.2 ssd

Step 3. Boot from M.2 SSD

Turn your laptop on and press F2, Esc, or F8 to enter BIOS. Then, set to boot from the SSD. You may need to disable secure boot control to see the SSD as a bootable drive. 

If the source HDD or SSD is in MBR boot mode but the cloned/migrated SSD is in GPT, it is necessary to make SSD first in the device boot order in BIOS and change it the boot mode to EFI to ensure proper startup.

If your laptop boots as usual and you see all of your programs and settings just the way they were before (except much faster), all went well.

Additional Information About M.2 SSD

An M.2 SSD is used in internally mounted storage expansion cards of a small form factor. It is designed to enable high-performance storage in thin, power-constrained devices, such as ultrabook and tablet computers. This SSD supports multiple protocols and applications such as Wi-Fi, USB, PCIe, and SATA.


  • Takes up less space and uses much less power 
  • Can read and write at much faster rates
  • Supports PCIe, SATA, USB 3.0, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi


  • 1 TB SATA SSD can cost about $100 (expensive)
  • Limited capacity (Maximum 2 TB)

If a laptop is compatible with the M.2 spec, the device's operating system should already include the required Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) drivers to install the M.2 storage card. If your laptop doesn't meet the need, give up buying this SSD. If you can fulfill the needs, enjoy the high performance of your new SSD now.


That is how to clone SSD or HDD to M.2. If you still encounter can't set SSD as a boot drive or cloned SSD won't boot problem, contact our technical support team through support@easeus.com to solve the problem. 


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Clone HDD to M.2 SSD FAQs

If you have other problems, you can read the following FAQs to get additional help.

How do I clone my hard drive to M.2 SSD?

To clone hard drive to M.2 SSD:

Step 1. Download, install, and run EaseUS Disk Copy on a healthy Windows computer.

Step 2. Connect your SSD to your laptop or computer. On EaseUS Disk Copy, click "Disk Mode" and select HDD that you want to clone. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 3. Select the M.2 SSD as the destination disk and click "Next" to continue. Click "OK" to confirm if the program asks to erase data on the destination disk.

Step 4. Check and edit the disk layout as Autofit the disk, Copy as the source, or Edit disk layout. Autofit the disk is recommended.

Step 5. Click "Proceed" to start the disk cloning or disk copying process now.

Which type of SSD is the best?

Best SSDs – 2.5-inch SATA:

  • Samsung 860 Evo 1TB
  • WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB
  • Kingston UV500 SSD
  • HP S700 Pro
  • Gigabyte UD Pro 512GB
  • SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB...

Does Windows 10 have cloning software?

EaseUS Disk Copy, the best cloning software for Windows 10, which can help you clone the entire HDD to another HDD/SSD, including operating system, installed applications, and all the other data you will never want to lose.

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