Can I Clone NVMe SSD to SATA SSD? How to Do it?

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Gemma updated on Nov 08, 2021 to Disk/Partition Clone | How-to Articles

Are you looking for how to clone NVMe to SATA SSD? If yes, you're in the right place! We understand that a desire for better performance, higher memory, and transfer speed are some of the reasons why you might require such a process.

However, the common thing users try is how to clone SATA SSD to the NVMe. Is it then possible to do the reverse? This guide will address such questions and provide a solution.

Can I Clone NVMe SSD to a SATA SSD?

Answer: Yes, you can clone between the two SSDs. Either an NVMe SSD to a SATA SSD or the reverse cloning path.

It works almost like cloning an HDD drive to an SSD type. Nevertheless, you might have to adjust the BIOS settings to choose the boot device. There is also a need to verify if the NVMe driver uses an MBR/GPT boot mode. That is because the new SATA SSD will have to use the same start-up settings. The following section better explains how to clone NVMe to SATA SSD.

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How to Clone NVMe SSD to SATA SSD

Learning how to clone NVMe to SATA SSD is not difficult at all. If you have done an HDD to SDD clone, then you probably will understand this process quickly.

Step 1. Backup all essential data on the NVMe SSD drive

The first step is to carry out a full backup of the NVMe SSD drive. That way, you are assured that your data is safe even if any problem occurs during the cloning procedure. Note that backing up data to an external drive is not the same as manually copying the system data. The best way is to use a backup tool like our EaseUS Todo Backup to avoid later problems with booting or malfunctioning programs.

Step 2. Connect both drives to the same computer

The next step is to ensure the connection of both the NVME and new SATA SSDs to the same computer. There are two routes to doing that:

  • When both NVMe and SATA SSD drives are external: get a USB adapter to connect the two drivers to your laptop or PC.
  • When one of the drives is installed internally: get a screwdriver and SATA cable to connect the external drive. However, the recommended method is to ensure the internal drive is the one that would be subsequently used for booting the system. Negligence to do so can cause issues with booting from the newly cloned disk.

Remember to also initialize the SATA SSD to MBR or GPT. That will make the "Windows Boot Manager" act as the boot device.

Step 3. Download disk cloning software

We recommend the EaseUS Disk Copy because of the versatility it possesses. With just a click, the process is easier for those who don't know how to clone NVMe to SATA SSD. Besides, the software also performs other features like:

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Download and install this software, and follow the guide to see how to clone NVMe to SATA SSD.

Note: Please activate EaseUS Disk Copy for a smooth disk copying or cloning process.

Step 1. Download, install and run EaseUS Disk Copy on your PC.
Click Disk Mode and select the source disk that you want to copy or clone. Click Next to continue.

Note: The destination disk should be at least the same big or even larger than the source disk if you want to copy or clone the source disk sector by sector.

Select sorce disk to clone

Step 2. Select the destination disk where you want to clone/copy the old disk and click Next to continue.
Click OK to confirm if the program asks to erase data on the destination disk.

Select the destination disk to clone or copy disk

Step 3. Check and edit the disk layout as Autofit the disk, Copy as the source or Edit disk layout.
Autofit the disk is recommended.

Copy as the source option will copy/clone the same layout of partitions on your source disk to the destination disk.
Edit disk layout allows you to manually resize or move partition layout on the destination disk.

If your destination disk is an SSD drive, do remember to tick Check the option if the target is SSD.

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

Finish copying or cloning disk to new disk.

Conclusion

It's expected you now understand how to clone NVMe to SATA SSD on your computer. When next you are asked if the NVMe SSD to SATA SSD clone is possible, your answer should be Yes. The difference lies in knowing the right tools, such as our recommended EaseUS Disk Copy. Beyond cloning, the EaseUS software offers a range of other features that make it a worthy pick. You can check out the product page to get started.

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