[SOLVED] Merge 2 SSD as one

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Hi I currently have 1 m.2 wd green 120gb ssd, and 1tb blue HDD, my windows is installed in the m.2 wd green 120gb, am afraid I will run out of space in the m.2 ssd, my gigabyte x570 UD mobo supports only 1 m.2, so is it possible merge a m.2 ssd and a sata ssd?, I plan to buy a 240gb stata ssd and install, and will I loose my windows while merging?, as currently windows is installed in the m.2 ssd.
 

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Agree with the above.
A new 500GB drive, and migrate what is on the 120GB.

Since your current WD is a SATA drive, a Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO would work perfectly. And be faster than that 120GB WD Green.
Easy migration steps available if you wish to investigate that pathway.
 
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There is really only one way to "merge", and that is NOT really recommended.
Storage Spaces, in Windows.

Personally, I would NOT use that. Ever.

Just have the new drive as another drive letter, and use as desired. Put games on it...music, movies, etc.
My drive list below, 7 physical drives, no 'merging' at all.
 

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You can buy an SSD, and then migrate windows to it, via utilities that often come with drives. I would go with a 500gb class drive though. They can be had for under $50 these days. There are adapters/docking stations that will allow you to migrate windows to a new M.2 drive, via a USB connection, if you wish to use a faster NVME drive. There are also PCI-E card adapters, that you can buy. You just have to make sure any adapter matches the spec of the drive you purchase, as an M.2 can be SATA or Nvme specs.
 
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Agree with the above.
A new 500GB drive, and migrate what is on the 120GB.

Since your current WD is a SATA drive, a Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO would work perfectly. And be faster than that 120GB WD Green.
Easy migration steps available if you wish to investigate that pathway.
 
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coolraveen

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Ok
Agree with the above.
A new 500GB drive, and migrate what is on the 120GB.

Since your current WD is a SATA drive, a Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO would work perfectly. And be faster than that 120GB WD Green.
Easy migration steps available if you wish to investigate that pathway.
Ok guys will buy a crucial or a Kingston sata ssd, and migrate the windows from the existing m.2 wd green to the new sata ssd by using using the utilities, or usb connection. Thanks for you reply.
 

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Ok
Ok guys will buy a crucial or a Kingston sata ssd, and migrate the windows from the existing m.2 wd green to the new sata ssd by using using the utilities, or usb connection. Thanks for you reply.
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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
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
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

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

Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
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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