By Delia / Last update September 18, 2021

Need to upgrade NVMe SSD

NVMe, short for non-volatile memory express, is the fastest SSDs with low data latencies in the market, which can help you speed up your computer. But after a long period of use, you may find that your computer speed drops and the disk space is insufficient. That's because you install many new apps and games on your computer. Therefore, some users want to clone NVMe SSD to larger NVMe SSD.

Install NVMe SSD

It's a wise choice to clone NVMe SSD drive, because cloning can free users from reinstalling Windows 11/10/8/7 and previous installed apps. Also, cloning can keep users important files intact.

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, a larger NVMe SSD will be the first choice. 

If you have an extra slot to connect a second NVMe drive while cloning NVMe SSD in laptop, that is convenient. If not, you need an M.2 clone adapter (eg: M.2 to SATA adapter or M.2 to PCIe adapter) to connect the second drive.

In order to transfer all data to the NVMe SSD without reinstalling, you need professional NVMe SSD cloning software. Here, AOMEI Backupper Professional is recommended for it fast and simple. And you can use this software to clone NVMe SSD to a larger one in all system and boot successfully, clone Windows 10 to NVMe SSD, for example.

How to clone NVMe drive to larger NVMe in laptop

This software ware does not require you to initialize the new SSD. You need to connect it properly and then follow the steps below to clone NVMe SSD with NVMe cloner.

Step 1. Download NVMe cloner - AOMEI Backupper Professional and open it.

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

Select Disk Clone

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

Select NVMe SSD

Step 4. At the Operation Summary screen, tick "SSD Alignment" to further improve the performance of NVMe SSD disk. Then, click “Start Clone” to clone NVMe SSD to another NVMe SSD.

Clone NVMe SSD to NVMe SSD

Normally it does not require a reboot and then the NVMe SSD clone will be finished within Windows. If some applications prevent AOMEI Backupper from accessing the source drive, then it will clone NVMe drive 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.

For cloning method, it will clone only used sectors by default. To clone all sectors of NVMe SSD to another one, please check "Sector by Sector clone".
For cloning NVMe drive to larger NVMe, you cloud consider using "Edit Partitions" feature, which can help you adjust the partition size of destination disk without leaving an unallocated space. 
 The above steps also apply to cloning PCIe NVMe SSD, cloning M2 NVMe SSD, cloning Windows 7 to NVMe SSD, cloning SATA SSD to NVMe SSD, Samsung NVMe clone, etc. 
• For server users, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server. It supports all the server system, ranging from server 2003 to 2019.

How to clone NVMe SSD with only one slot 

If your computer has one slot for NVMe drive as most of the laptops and you do not have a connection adapter, you can choose to create an image backup of the current SSD to external hard drive or NAS network location and then restore to the new SSD. In the following, you will use AOMEI Backupper to finish the entire process. It also a backup and restore tool for Windows.

Let's start to backup and restore NVMe SSD disk.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper. Click “Backup” and “Disk Backup” to create an image of the NVMe SSD.

Select Disk Backup

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

Create Bootable Media

Step 3. Replace your boot drive with the new NVMe SSD. Turn off computer, plug out the power cable and other cables, remove the hard disk bay and screws holding disk, then take out the disk at 30 or 45 degree angle and put the new NVMe SSD in the location of old NVMe SSD, finally install the back panel. 

Step 4. Boot your computer from the bootable media you just created. Connect the bootable media, restart your computer and press the specific key (eg: F2, ESC) on the screen to enter BIOS, then go to "Boot" tab and set the USB device as the first boot option. Wait patiently and it will load AOMEI Backupper automatically.

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

Restore Image to NVMe 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 and change boot order in BIOS. 

Wrapping things up

Cloning NVMe SSD to NVMe SSD with free SSD cloning software is a great choice for users who want to upgrade disk to a larger one or get higher performance. Because it can guarante the normal operation of your system and the integrity of data. 

Also, if you want to clone NVMe SSD with only one slot, you can use backup and restore feature. It can acheive the same effect as clone, the only drawback is you need to restore the image before booting Windows.