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How to Clone Windows to NVMe [2023 Full Guide]

Updated by Cici on Dec 12, 2022

NVMe refers to Non-Volatile Memory express. It is the host controller interface used to connect SSD. It has replaced the SATA interface in many instances due to its high read speeds, low latency, and low consumption. The speed of booting Windows from NVMe SSD will be optimized and enhanced. That's why the NVMe interface is already built into many computers as a standard.

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If you want higher computer read and write speeds, or want to upgrade your Windows 11/10 system, it is a good idea to clone Windows to NVMe. This article will provide a quick way to avoid installing Windows on NVMe and run Windows on an NVMe SSD. Let's see how this works.

How to Clone Windows to NVMe

You can clone Windows to NVMe with professional disk cloning software, but there are some preparations you need to take care of before cloning. Let's look at these additional actions and see a detailed step-by-step approach to help us clone Windows to NVMe successfully.

Preparations for Cloning Windows to NVMe

1. Prepare newer computer hardware. NVMe works better with Skylake chipsets or higher.

2. The motherboard needs to have an adapter for an M.2 slot that supports NVMe, such as an M.2 PCI-E x4 slot.

3. The computer supports UEFI boot mode and needs UEFI firmware.

4. If it is a new NVMe SSD, initialize it to GPT format.

5. Make sure that the space available on the NVMe SSD is larger than the space for the data on the source disk within Windows.

6. Backup all essential data on the target NVMe SSD. Because the cloned new data will overwrite the old data.

7. Download the professional cloning software: EaseUS Partition Master. This software can save time and effort and help you clone Windows to NVMe quickly.

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Next, let's see how this software works and follow the step-by-step guide to cloning Windows to NVMe.

Steps for Cloning Windows to NVMe

You can use EaseUS Partition Master to clone partitions and clone systems. It supports SSD 4K alignment, which can solve SSD cloning problems and maintain good SSD performance. And it has a good user interface and supports all Windows users. 

Before using EaseUS Partition Master, please connect NVMe to the M.2 PCI-E x4 slot and make sure your computer can detect the NVMe SSD. Then, follow the steps below to clone Windows to NVMe.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Disk Clone tab, select "Clone OS Disk" and click "Next". 

Select clone OS disk

Step 2. Select the target new drive where you want to clone the OS to, and click "Next".

Select target drive to clone OS to

Click "Yes" t confirm that you want to continue the OS disk cloning process.

confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Step 3. View the disk layout, and click "Start" to begin the OS cloning process.

Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Once the cloning is complete, you can set the NVMe SSD as the boot disk and boot your computer from the NVMe. If you don't know how to set up the boot disk, please refer to the following simple steps.

Step 1. Click F2/F8/Del to enter BIOS setup.

Step 2. Change the boot disk and set the NVMe SSD as the boot drive.

change boot order

Step 3. Save the settings and exit.

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If the cloned SSD won't boot, you can check if you have cloned the system and set the target disk as a bootable drive.

The above describes how to clone Windows to NVMe with EaseUS Partition Master and how to set the target drive as a bootable drive. In addition to the cloning feature, EaseUS Partition Master has many more features:

If you are interested, click the link above to see the exact cloning method. If you have other problems related to disk partition, you can download EaseUS Partition Master for help.

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Conclusion 

If you want to clone Windows to NVMe for faster read/write speeds, you can use EaseUS Partition Master. This article provides detailed tutorials on preparing for cloning before using the tool and how to use the professional cloning tool. If you have any cloning related or partition related issues like formatting partitions, or resizing partitions. You can use this tool to solve your problems.

FAQs About How to Clone Windows to NVMe

This section lists other frequently asked questions about cloning Windows to NVMe. Please check out the questions and answers below if you have other questions. 

1. Can you put Windows on NVMe?

You can put Windows on NVMe. And here are two ways to put Windows on NVMe. You can download and reinstall Windows on NVMe SSD. Or you can use EaseUS Partition Master to clone the system and partition to NVMe.

2. How do I convert Windows to NVMe?

Download EaseUS Partition Master and easily migrate Windows to NVMe SSD without reinstalling the system. And the software is very easy to use.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and select "Disk Clone" on the left side.

Step 2. Choose "Clone OS disk" and click "Next."

Step 3. Select target drive and click "Next" to continue.

Step 4. Click "Yes" and choose "Start" to begin the cloning process. 

3. Can you make NVMe bootable?

You can make NVMe bootable. You need to clone the OS to the NVMe SSD first. Then go to BIOS setup and change the boot order. And set the target drive to be bootable.

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Updated by Cici

Cici has accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS. Now she has a detailed understanding of common computer issues, as well as computer backups and disk formatting management solutions.

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