at AOMEI / Last update July 22, 2021

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 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, 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 disk cloning software. Here, AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free tool, is recommended for it fast and simple.

How to clone NVMe SSD drive to larger one in laptop?

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

Step 1. Download this free SSD cloning software and open it.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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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”.

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 Source Disk

Step 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.

For SSD disk, it's recommended to tick "SSD Alignment", which can accelerate the writting and reading speed of SSDs.
For larger SSD disk, you cloud consider using "Edit Partitions" feature, which can help you adjust the partition size of destination disk without leaving an unallocated space. However, this feature is only available on higher version, such as, AOMEI Backupper Professional.
The free version only supports cloning system disk MBR to MBR. If you want to clone system disk from GPT to GPT, GPT to MBR or vice versa, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

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.

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.


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.