By Lily / Last Updated January 29, 2021

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About M.2 NVMe SSD

M.2, formerly known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF), is a specification for internally mounted computer expansion cards and associated connectors. It replaces the mSATA standard. With more flexible physical specification, M.2 is more suitable than mSATA for the use of SSD in small devices such as ultrabooks or tablets.

NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is an open logical device interface specification for accessing non-volatile storage media attached via a PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) bus. The major benefits of NVMe-based PCIe SSDs over SAS-based and SATA-based SSDs are reduced latency in the host software stack and higher input/output operations per second.

In a word, an M.2 NVMe SSD is an SSD with smaller, more flexible form factor and higher performance. Popular M.2 NVMe SSDs include Samsung 970 Evo Plus, Sabrent Rocket Q, and Addlink S70, etc.


Why do you need M.2 NVMe SSD duplicator?

If you use an M.2 NVMe SSD as main drive, you should clone it for regular backup. When your current M.2 NVMe SSD is running out of space, you can upgrade it to a larger drive using NVMe cloning software. What’s more, you can go back to your work almost immediately with an M.2 NVMe SSD duplicate in case of a sudden malfunction.

Since it’s important to clone M.2 NVMe SSD, what comes first is to choose a reliable M.2 SSD cloner.

Best free M.2 NVMe SSD cloner you need

With the right M.2 NVMe SSD duplicator, you will save much time and efforts. Here I’d like to recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard to you. It is free of charge and it has multiple powerful features:

✧ Backup and Restore: Create an image file for the operating system, disk, partition, or files and restore the backup image whenever you need.
✧ File Sync: Synchronize files or folders to another place, such as transfer files from PC to PC.
✧ Clone: Make a duplicate of a disk or a partition. If you want to clone OS only, you may upgrade to the advanced version.

Wanna have a try? Just click the button below to download AOMEI Backupper and install it on your Windows PC (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP supported).

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How to clone M.2 NVMe SSD to another one on a Windows PC?

I’ll show you how to clone NVMe SSD in two efficient ways separately. You can choose one according to your own situation.

Situation 1: There is more than one M.2 slot in your computer.

In this situation, you can easily clone M.2 NVMe SSD to another SSD in following steps:

Note: The destination disk will be completely overwritten. Backup files on the destination disk before you start if you still need the files.

Step 1. Connect the target SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. Run AOMEI Backupper, click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the M.2 NVMe SSD as source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination SSD you have connected to your computer and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Tick “SSD Alignment” to improve the reading and writing speed of the destination SSD. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

Situation 2: There is only one M.2 slot in your computer.

Under this circumstance, you will need an M.2 to SATA or M.2 to PCIe adapter to connect the second drive, and then follow the same steps above. If you don’t have such adapter, you can try the backup & restore method. Learn detailed steps below:

1. Connect a USB drive to your computer. Create bootable media with AOMEI Backupper.

Create Bootable Media

2. Click “Backup” on the left pane and select “Disk Backup” to backup M.2 NVMe SSD on the bootable USB. Follow the wizard to complete the process.

Disk Backup

3. Replace the current M.2 NVMe SSD with the new NVMe SSD. Boot your computer from the bootable USB you just created.

4. You’ll see loaded AOMEI Backupper once login. Click “Home” on the left pane, find the disk backup task, and select “Restore” from the expanded menu.

Disk Restore

5. Select “Restore the entire disk”, click on the disk and click “Next”.

Select Entire Disk or Partition

6. Select the new NVMe SSD as destination disk and click “Next”.

 Select Destination

7. Tick “SSD Alignment” to optimize SSD performance. Confirm the operation and click “Start Restore”.

Start Restore

Tips: If you want to use the M.2 NVMe SSD on another computer, you may perform dissimilar hardware restore. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional, Server or Technician to enjoy this feature.


When you are looking for M.2 NVMe SSD duplicator, AOMEI Backupper can be your best choice. It provides you with two ways to duplicate M.2 NVMe SSD to another SSD. Apart from cloning M.2 NVMe SSD, AOMEI Backupper can help you create USB bootable software for all Windows. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!