Samsung M.2 SSD for hard drive upgrade
Samsung's M.2 Solid State Drive is always the first choice for people who decide to upgrade hard drive to M.2 SSD makes system boot faster with little delay in loading. To experience an instant responding to Windows, it's time to change your clumsy hard disk drive to this most selected M.2 SSD.
Installing M.2 SSD as a boot drive, if you feel reluctant to reinstall Windows operating system or install Windows from scratch, use a powerful Samsung M.2 migration software to migrate OS to M.2 SSD without reinstalling Windows or applications.
Free cloning software for Samsung SSDs
Samsung provides a free tool Samsung Data Migration to users who want to migrate OS to Samsung SSD. If you only need to clone C: drive to your Samsung SSD, you can use Samsung Data Migration software.
If you want to clone hard drive including recovery partition or other data, you need to choose another tool. Besides, under some circumstances, Samsung Data Migration may fail or stuck at some point. In that case, you need to choose a better SSD cloning software.
In order to copy hard drive to M.2 solid state drive, the cloning software you use must be reliable. Since generally, an SSD is smaller than an HDD, it must support cloning large disk to a smaller one. Recent computer hardware is using UEFI boot mode by default, so this software must fully support UEFI. It is even better if it can clone MBR to GPT disk or back.
Luckily, there is a freeware known as AOMEI Backupper Standard that meets all these requirements. Besides, it even gives you an option to optimize for the use of SSD. You do not need to create a bootable media using a USB drive or CD to perform the clone, and you can clone hard drive with Windows. Therefore, you can still use the computer to do whatever you like while the clone is in process.
You need to make sure your system supports M.2 SSD. Motherboards using the recently released Intel z97 and AMD FX 990 chipsets support M.2 SATA and PCIe SSDs. In addition, there are numerous notebooks already supporting the M.2 SSD. You can check your system specifications and user manual to see if it is compatible with M.2 SSD.
The M.2 spec was designed to accommodate both a SATA and PCIe interface for SSDs.M.2 SATA SSDs will use the same controller currently on typical 2.5 in SATA SSDs.M.2 PCIe SSDs will use a controller specifically designed to support the PCIe protocol.
An M.2 SSD can only support one protocol, but some computers have M.2 slots, one for SATA, the other for PCIe. You need to connect your M.2 SSD to the right slot or you cannot even see the M.2 SSD in BIOS.
If your M.2 SSD’s communications interface is NVMe and your operating system is Windows 7, you need to install the NVMe on your computer and download the corresponding driver before cloning, because Windows 7 is an old system that does not include driver for NVMe SSD.
How to clone to M.2 SSD?
After connecting your M.2 SSD to your computer, make sure it is recognized by your computer. If it is shown in Windows Disk Management, then you can follow the steps below to clone hard drive to M.2 SSD.
1. Download and run this freeware AOMEI Backupper.
2. At the Home screen, click on “Clone” and then select “Disk Clone”. If you prefer to clone only OS, you can select “System Clone”. It’s the advanced feature in AOMEI Backupper Pro edition, and you can upgrade to professional edition.
3. Select the original hard drive as source disk by clicking Step 1 and select the M.2 SSD as the destination disk by clicking Step 2.
4. If your destination disk is large than the source disk, you can click Edit partitions on the destination disk. Check the option Align partition to optimize for SSD, and then click “Start Clone” to start the clone.
If you prefer to clone via bootable USB disk, the process is the same after you boot from the bootable disk created by AOMEI Backupper. As you can see, besides the ability to clone HDD to M.2 SSD, it also allows you to backup hard drive or restore it when need be.
Besides regarding as Samsung M.2 migration software, AOMEI Backupper is also free backup and restore software. When your computer has only one M.2 slot and you want to clone M.2 disk to a new M.2 SSD, you can backup your hard drive to an external hard drive and then restore it to your new M.2 SSD. Also, you can transfer Windows 10 to NVMe SSD through the same method.