By Ailsa / Last Updated February 26, 2020

How to Clone PCIE M.2 SSD with Only One M.2 Slot?

I have a Samsung laptop with a 250GB PCIE M.2 SSD, and there is no enough space to store files and documents. And my laptop has one M.2 slot in motherboard, so I don’t know how to clone PCIE SSD without reinstalling Windows systems and applications. Please give me some advices, thanks.

PCIE, called Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (or named PCI Express), is a serial expansion bus standard for flash storage solution. Typically, PCIE SSD is faster than SATA SSD.

Does My Motherboard Supports PCIE Slot?

If you want to clone your current SSD to PCIE SSD, you have to make sure the motherboard has the PCIE slot. You could turn to the manufacturer for help or search the model on Google, then it will show the specifications of your motherboard do support PCIE slot or not. Like the below picture.

Motherboard Specifications PCIE Slot

Here is the way to find your motherboard model:

  • Press Win + R key combination, and hit Enter.

  • Input msinfo32 and hit Enter to go System Information.

  • Go to System Summary -> System Model.

  • The Value for System Model is the motherboard model.

System Information System Model

How to Clone PCIE SSD to Another One Easily in Windows 7/8/10?

Cloning your PCIE M.2 SSD to another one is a big task, so you have to migrate all data with the professional software, including Windows operating system, installed programs, personal documents, and other settings. Now, AOMEI Backupper Standard will help you out of this trouble. It’s for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Before cloning, you may want to download it on your computer.

There is something you’d better prepare:

  • A new SSD that your computer support.

  • USB TO PCIE M.2 adapter.

  • Anti-static wrist strap (optional) to help reduce the risk of electrostatic damage to the system, and it’s cheap.

  • Screwdriver.

Steps to Clone PCI-E SSD to Larger SSD without Reinstalling Everything

Now, let go ahead. The detailed steps are listed below, just refer to these words to clone PCIE M.2 SSD to larger SSD:

1. Connect the larger SSD to your computer via USB TO PCIE M.2 adapter. And verify it can be detected.

2. Launch AOMEI Backupper after installing, click Clone -> Disk Clone on the main window.

Disk Clone

3. Choose the PCIE M.2 SSD as the source disk, then hit Next.

Select Source Disk

4. Select the larger SSD as the destination location to save all the files from M.2 SSD, press Next.

Select Destination Disk

Tip: The destination SSD drive will be overwrited after the cloning, so if you stored important profiles onto the destination disk before, please backup it first.

5. Preview the operations to clone PCI-E SSD drive, check SSD Alignment option to optimize the performance for SSD drive. Click Start Clone.

Start Clone PCIE SSD

Wait for one hour or so, Clone PCIE SSD to larger SSD will be successfully, and the cost time depends on the data size on your PCIE SSD. Then use the anti-static wrist strap and the screwdriver to take out the original PCIE SSD drive carefully, then put the larger SSD drive into the SSD slot, then boot your computer from the larger SSD.

If you cloned MBR HDD to GPT SSD (only supported in AOMEI Backupper Professional), it’s essential for you to change the boot mode from Legacy to UEFI to make the cloned SSD bootable. On contrast, you may need to change UEFI to Legacy.

Summing Up

Some brands of SSD comes with built-in data migration software to help you clone your data to the SSD. However, it’s limited to migrate data to other brands of SSDs. AOMEI Backupper is suitable for any brands of HDD/SSD, like Intel, Samsung, WD, Kingston, Crucial, etc. Besides, you could clone Windows 7/8/10 only, or create disk backup, then restore the backup image to the larger SSD, or restore to dissimilar hardware computer, etc. For server users, you could try AOMEI Backupper Server or Technician Plus edition.