Question Upgrading ssd to larger model

griffinmt

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop which came with a 128gb ssd and a 1tb hdd. I want to buy a compatible 500 gb ssd to replace the smaller one (its in an m2 slot).
There are no other open slots.
How do i fully clone from the 128 to the 500 if the cant be mounted at the same time?
 

popatim

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You could use a program like Macrium Reflect Free to create a recovery USB, and image the SSD to the internal HDD.
Then power off and swap SSD's, boot the recovery USB, and restore the image to the new SSD.
 

USAFRet

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Specifically, with Macrium Reflect:

Assuming you have another drive with sufficient free space to hold the entirety of your current m.2 drive:

  1. Download and install Macrium Reflect
  2. Run that, and create a Rescue CD or USB (you'll use this later). "Other Tasks"
  3. In the Macrium client, create an Image to some other drive. External USB HDD, maybe. Select all partitions. This results in a file of xxxx.mrimage
  4. When done, power OFF.
  5. Swap the 2 drives
  6. Boot up from the Rescue USB you created earlier.
  7. Recover, and tell it where the Image is that you created in step 3, and which drive to apply it to...the new m.2
  8. Go, and wait until it finishes.
  9. That's all...this should work.
 

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