Clone NVMe SSD to a Larger One in Laptop or Desktop

Posted by @Cody

March 27, 2017

If you find your NVMe SSD is too small for your data, you can clone NVMe SSD to another larger SSD drive without reinstalling Windows.

Upgrade NVMe SSD

NVMe SSDs are now the fastest SSDs in the market. You have made a good choice to speed up your PC by using NVMe SSD. But if you find the capacity not enough as you save more software and games on it, you can clone NVMe SSD to a larger one without reinstalling Windows 10/8/7.

What you need for cloning NVMe SSD?

Experiencing the fast performance of NVMe SSD, you probably not want to switch to other kinds of SSDs. Therefore, you need a larger NVMe SSD. If you have an extra slot to connect a second NVMe drive, that is convenient. If not, you need an M.2 to SATA or M.2 to PCIe adapter to connect the second drive.

In order to transfer all data to the new SSD without reinstalling Windows 10/8/7, you need professional SSD drive cloning software. Here, AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free tool, is recommended for it is fast and simple.

How to clone NVMe SSD

The freeware does not require you to initialize the new SSD. You need to just connect it properly and then you can follow the steps below to start the clone.

Install NVMe SSD

1. Download this free cloning program and open it.

Cloning Software

2. At the Home screen, click “Clone” and then select “Disk Clone” for NVMe SSD clone. If the current boot has been partitioned and you do not want all the partitions cloned, you can also select “Partition Clone”.

Disk Clone

3. Click on the original NVMe SSD to select it as source disk and then click on the new SSD drive to select it as the destination disk.

Select Disk

4. At the Operation Summary screen, click “Start Clone” to start clone NVMe SSD.

Start Clone

Normally it does not require a reboot and then the clone will be finished within Windows. If some applications prevent AOMEI Backupper from accessing the source drive, then it will finish the clone under Restart mode. When the cloning process is complete, you can shut down the PC, and replace the SSD with the larger one. Then you can boot your computer from the cloned NVMe SSD.

What if you can only connect one NVMe SSD drive?

If your computer has one slot for NVMe drive as most of the laptops and you do not have a connection adapter, there is a workaround to migrate data to another NVMe SSD. You can create an image backup of the current SSD to an external hard drive or NAS network location and then restore to the new SSD.

Transfer data through backup and restore

AOMEI Backupper is also a backup and restore tool. It allows you to create a bootable recovery disk with a USB drive or CD/DVD, so you can use it to restore the system without loading Windows.

1. Open AOMEI Backupper. Click “New Backup” and choose “Disk Backup” to create a backup of the NVMe SSD.

Disk Backup

2. When the backup is done, click “Utilities” >”Create bootable media” to make a bootable media for booting your computer.

Utilities

3. Replace your boot drive with the new NVMe SSD.

4. Boot your computer from the bootable media you just created. Then it will load AOMEI Backupper.

5. Click “Restore” and then select the image backup to restore the disk backup to the new NVMe disk.

Click Path

6. Before you click “Start Restore” to start the process, make sure you check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD”.

When the process is complete, you can boot your computer from the new NVMe SSD. When you try to boot the new SSD, do remember to eject the bootable media or change boot order in BIOS. You can choose either of these solutions to clone NVMe SSD based on your situation.