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[SOLVED] Transfering windows from 2.5 SSD to M.2 NVME help

May 19, 2020
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Hello, this is my first timing posting into these forums but i'm just looking for a simple and explained answer.

I just bought a Samsung M.2 and i'm basically just looking to transfer/clone the operating system and other files from my current 2.5 SSD over to the M.2. Is it safe and easy to clone? is it worth doing? or am i just better off reinstalling windows onto the M.2 and formatting the 2.5? Ive already been recommended the software macrium reflect.

Any help is highly appreciated!!
 

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Yeah its a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250 GB, my current SSD only has windows and a couple other files that makes up around 60GB which i dont see being much of an issue. The motherboard is an MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON which i also dont see being an issue. I have windows 10.
OK, just checking.

This should be no problem.
Samsung Data Migration tool for this.

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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
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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USAFRet

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A clean isntall on the new drive always works. More effort, but more stable.

Cloning requires a few conditions:
How much space is consumed on the current drive?
What size/make/model is the new SSD?
What OS?
What specific motherboard?
 
Hello, this is my first timing posting into these forums but i'm just looking for a simple and explained answer.

I just bought a Samsung M.2 and i'm basically just looking to transfer/clone the operating system and other files from my current 2.5 SSD over to the M.2. Is it safe and easy to clone? is it worth doing? or am i just better off reinstalling windows onto the M.2 and formatting the 2.5? Ive already been recommended the software macrium reflect.

Any help is highly appreciated!!
I would clone before I would reinstall.
....and I would only reinstall if the cloning didn't work.
I think it's generally easier to clone.
 
May 19, 2020
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A clean isntall on the new drive always works. More effort, but more stable.

Cloning requires a few conditions:
How much space is consumed on the current drive?
What size/make/model is the new SSD?
What OS?
What specific motherboard?
Yeah its a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250 GB, my current SSD only has windows and a couple other files that makes up around 60GB which i dont see being much of an issue. The motherboard is an MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON which i also dont see being an issue. I have windows 10.
 
May 19, 2020
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I would clone before I would reinstall.
....and I would only reinstall if the cloning didn't work.
I think it's generally easier to clone.
appreciate the recommendation, i really cant be bothered to reinstall windows in general and then all the applications on top of that. cheers
 

USAFRet

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Mar 16, 2013
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Yeah its a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250 GB, my current SSD only has windows and a couple other files that makes up around 60GB which i dont see being much of an issue. The motherboard is an MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON which i also dont see being an issue. I have windows 10.
OK, just checking.

This should be no problem.
Samsung Data Migration tool for this.

-----------------------------
Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
-----------------------------
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
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.
-----------------------------
 
May 19, 2020
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OK, just checking.

This should be no problem.
Samsung Data Migration tool for this.

-----------------------------
Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
-----------------------------
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
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.
-----------------------------
Appreciate the help, if all goes smoothly then it should be straight forward i hope.
cheers
 
May 19, 2020
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All is sorted, had no issues transferring the data across to the 970 evo plus M.2 (which is extremely fast). Macrium reflect did the job!
 

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