Question Macrium Restore from M.2 SATA to M.2 NVME

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I cloned my WD Blue M.2 SATA ssd with Macrium Reflect. Tried to restore it on a Samsung 970 Evo Plus. But it won't work. The system just kept restarting itself. I have researched that restoring from SATA onto a NVME drive works. Please help
 
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I cloned my WD Blue M.2 SATA ssd with Macrium Reflect. Tried to restore it on a Samsung 970 Evo Plus. But it won't work. The system just kept restarting itself. I have researched that restoring from SATA onto a NVME drive works. Please help
Yes, it should work.

Please give us a full rundown of exactly the steps you took.
And all the parts involved in this PC.
 
I cloned my WD Blue M.2 SATA ssd with Macrium Reflect. Tried to restore it on a Samsung 970 Evo Plus. But it won't work.
What are full specs of your system?
Does your motherboard support booting from NVME?
Some older PCs may not support it.

Note - first boot from cloned drive has to be done with old drive disconnected.
If you failed to do so, then you'll have to redo cloning.
 
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Yes, it should work.

Please give us a full rundown of exactly the steps you took.
And all the parts involved in this PC.
I7 9700K
Asus Z390P
16 GB ram
I used macrium reflect to do a full system clone of the WD sata drive. Then I removed it and put in the EVO Plus nvme drive, and restored onto it. I removed the WD drive when I tried booting in the Evo Plus one.
 
I used macrium reflect to do a full system clone of the WD sata drive. Then I removed it and put in the EVO Plus nvme drive, and restored onto it.
Did you use imaging option? Your motherboard has two M.2 slots. It's possible to connect both drives and use direct cloning.

Can you show screenshot from Disk Management with both drives connected?
(upload to imgur.com and post link)
 

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I used macrium reflect to do a full system clone of the WD sata drive. Then I removed it and put in the EVO Plus nvme drive, and restored onto it. I removed the WD drive when I tried booting in the Evo Plus one.
Given relevant drive slots, and a Samsung target drive, I would have tried just a direct clone from A to B, with Samsung Data Migration.
 

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With Macrium or Samsung Data Migration?

Can you show us a screencap of the system when it actually works?
Upload your pic to imgur.com and post the link here.
With macrium, for some reason, when I create a new imgur account, my number does not work so I can't post any imgur links here. Are there workarounds?
 

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Yes, it failed to boot with ONLY the 970 connected. This blue screen pops up afterwards.
Redo the clone process.

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Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
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Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Both drives must be the same partitioning scheme, either MBR or GPT
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive

[Ignore this section if using the SDM. It does this automatically]
If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
[/end ignore]

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD. This is not optional.
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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May I ask how do I get a 970 Evo Plus NVME driver, and what do I do with the driver? How do I get it into the image/clone ?
Given a recent OS, it should not be needed.

But here:
(scroll down)