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Upgrading or Cloning PC or Laptop M.2 NVMe SSD Hard Drive From Small To Large

Almost everyone run into storage space issue at one point. I try to avoid moving data and files to an external hard drive, because it is much slower than internal hard drives. Upgrading from a small hard drive to a larger one can be trickier in Windows than Mac. I tried many methods and many softwares. I have always wanted a software that identically clones my hard drive to a larger one, so my computer will have everything to be the same, but with larger storage. I don’t want a single thing to change and I don’t want to reinstall any software. I found one that works perfectly every time, and it was using a software called AOMEI Partition Assistant. it is extremely easy to use and all you need is to download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant on your computer. Then do the following

1- Connect your M.2 NVMe SSD using the enclosure

2- Open AOMEI Partition Assistant

3- Make sure that the M.2 NVMe SSD doesn’t have any data or partitions. If there are partitions and data delete them

4- Choose Migrate OS to SSD and Choose Target Disk if the source is less than 2 partitions. If more than 2 partitions then Clone Disk and use Sector by Sector which will clone it identically.

5- Make sure you check mark optimize SSD if it is available

6- Click Finish then Apply to start the migrating process.

7- Swap the hard drives and turn the Laptop or PC On.

8- If Windows isn’t loading correctly, then do Windows Startup Repair

9- Once everything works correctly then open Aomei and click on the Unallocated space if there is any merge it with the hard drive main storage. Then click Apply and your should have larger storage by now. If again Windows doesn’t load correctly then do another Windows Startup repair and that should be it.

Note: If the target disk is less space than the source data (Example moving from 1TB of data to 256GB Hard Drive) then just the operating system will transfer. If the target disk is equal or larger than the source Data, the whole data will be moved and it will be an identical of your old hard drive, but much faster.

Everything will remain the same in your laptop or PC, but now it has a larger hard drive.