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Migrate OS to M.2 SSD with M.2 SSD Clone Software

Jean updated on Dec 10, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

quick steps to migrate OS to M.2 SSD

Quick steps to migrate OS to M.2 SSD

  1. 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "System Clone". The current system (Windows 7) partition and boot partition will be automatically selected.
  2. 2. Choose the target drive - It could be a hard drive or an M.2 SSD.
  3. 3. Click "Proceed" to start cloning OS...Read More>>

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"I'm thinking to migrate Windows 10 OS from SSD to M.2 SSD which I newly bought. But I've never done this, need some suggestion about how to safely and quickly migrate OS to M.2 SSD. Any idea I'd love to hear."

Samsung's M.2 Solid State Drive is always the first choice for people who decide to upgrade hard drive to M.2 SSD makes the system boot faster with little delay in loading. To experience an instant response to Windows, it's time to change your clumsy hard disk drive to this most selected M.2 SSD.

Installing M.2 SSD as a boot drive, if you feel reluctant to reinstall the Windows operating system or install Windows from scratch, use a powerful disk clone software to install SSD in your laptop without reinstalling Windows. EaseUS Todo Backup, as the file backup software and HDD/SSD to SSD clone software, can help clone SSD to M.2 SSD without a hitch.

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How to Migrate OS to M.2 SSD with M.2 SSD Cloner

Also used as Samsung data migration software, EaseUS backup and recovery software migrates OS to M.2 SSD by its clone feature. To make full use of this M.2 SSD cloner and ensure a safe & successful system transfer between the hard disk to M.2 SSD, there are some tips you need to notice.

  • If the source disk contains the system partition, please shut down the computer after the clone.
  • To remove either the source disk or destination disk from the computer to make the computer boot normally if the source disk contains a boot partition.
  • If you want to boot from the destination disk, we recommend you to replace the source disk with the destination disk.
  • If the computer fails to boot from the destination disk after the clone, we suggest you clone the source disk to another disk with the same HDD interface.
  • If you choose to clone a hidden partition, the cloned one will be unhidden.
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Video Tutorial for OS to M.2 SS Migration

Steps to Migrate OS to M.2 SSD

User Attention:

  • If you are trying to clone Windows 7 to a new SSD or HDD disk, remember to empty the disk in advance. 
  • The storage device - the target drive must have enough space (larger than the system disk). 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "System Clone". The current system (Windows 7) partition and boot partition will be automatically selected.

click system clone so that you can clone Windows 10

Step 2. Choose the target drive - It could be a hard drive or an SSD.

choose a target drive to save your Windows 10

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows 7.

click proceed to start Windows 10 cloning

After the process is completed, please reboot your computer to your target drive.

If you want to keep your applications as the same, you can clone the whole disk or transfer applications to another drive with EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

Additional Help - How to Replace the Old Disk with M.2 SSD

After you have cloned your Windows 10/8/7 to M.2 SSD, you can replace your old disk with the cloned M.2 SSD. Here are the steps to replace the old HDD. Here is an example of replacing the OS disk with M.2 SSD.

Step 1. Turn your laptop off and then disconnect both the power cable and any other connected cables. Then unscrew the back panel and remove it to get access to your OS disk.

Step 2. Use your tools to secure your drive to the laptop. You'll need to unscrew those before you can remove the drive.

Step 3. Lift the old drive up about 30 or 45 degrees and pull it out. In its place, install the SSD and put the back panel on.

Step 4. Boot up from the M.2 SSD. Turn your laptop on. If your laptop boots as normal and you see all of your programs and settings just the way they were before (except much faster), all went well.

replace the old disk with cloned M.2 SSD

If you want to continue using the old disk for saving data and protecting the Windows system, you can format the old hard drive for free

Conclusion

You can clone OS to M.2 SSD easily with the help of EaseUS backup and recovery software. In order to clone your Windows OS successfully to an M.2 SSD, you need to check that the new drive is compatible with your PC's motherboard and carefully install the drive correctly.

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How to Clone SSD to M.2 FAQs

You may have extra questions after cloning Windows operating system to SSD. Read these questions and answers below to get additional help.

1. Do M.2 SSDs need drivers?

No, both SATA and PCIe M.2 SSDs will use the standard AHCI drivers built into the OS. However, you may need to enable the M.2 SSD in the system BIOS before being able to use it.

2. What is M.2 SSD?

M.2 was developed by the PCI-SIG and SATA-IO standards organizations and is defined in the PCI-SIG M.2 and the SATA Rev. 3.2 specifications. It was originally called the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), and then formally renamed to M.2 in 2013. Many people still refer to M.2 as NGFF.

3. What screw do I need for M.2 SSD?

The correct screw size is 2.0 x 3mm (CM2x3-3.3). If you are in the USA, then you can usually find the screws at Ace Hardware stores. Make sure you check the length. Some of the screws at hardware stores are too long

4. How do I transfer data from SSD to NVMe?

  • Connect your NVMe SSD to your PCI-SIG
  • Download EaseUS disk cloning software and select Clone.
  • Select the source disk and choose NVMe disk as your destination disk.
  • Click Proceed to start cloning SSD to NVMe.

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