08-10-2019 08:43 PM
Hi, so I recently got a 1TB SSD from Crucial that will be a replacement for my laptop’s current 128GB SSD (big upgrade, ik). The laptop is a Lenovo Yoga 730 13-inch and both the current and replacement SSDs are M.2 nvme’s. Now, because the Yoga 730 13” only has one slot for an SSD, I was just wondering what the best way was for me to easily and successfully transfer all of the data and the operating system from my current 128GB SSD to the new drive. I've done a little researching into cloning, and that sounds like it may be the most simple way for me to safely get all of my stuff onto the new SSD and having my laptop work just like it did before; I’m mostly unsure about how to deal with moving the laptop’s windows 10 operating system to the new drive and whether I'm risking losing any data in the current, original ssd if I do clone. I also have a 2TB external hard drive ready for use if I need a back up, though I don’t know how to even get my current os (if it’s even possible) backed up to that external drive. Any help with this would be very much appreciated. Also, if cloning is what I should do, where can I go to get a free and secure cloning program to begin the process? The more detailed the advice, the better! Thanks!
08-11-2019 06:06 AM
Welcome to the community.
The Crucial drive should have come with software or a link as to where to get it. There are some white-box drives that don't, but you can still download it: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/promotion/CrucialHD-download/ There are many other companies that make cloning software. It's totally your call as to which one you use. If you already have a backup software suite, you can check to see if it does cloning. Many do.
Before cloning the drive:
This is all in case something goes sideways, which is rare, but your blood pressure will stay down knowing you have a safety net.
You'll need an M.2 enclosure that handles NVMe drives. (Note, these are just examples. I'm not recommending any device over another). Put the new drive in the enclosure, then load the Acronis software, which will likely need to see the Crucial SSD before it'll function. Cloning will move everything over to the new drive. Then shut the computer off, swap in the Crucial and reboot. Windows should know it's still in the same computer and shouldn't bother you for anything,
When I do this, I stick the date on the old drive and put it in my safe. If something goes wrong, I can swap the old drive back in and I'm good to go.
08-11-2019 03:30 PM
Thanks for the detailed reply to start off. So right now I've actually installed a free cloning/imaging program called Macrium Reflect and created an image of my current 256GB SSD onto my 2TB external hard drive. I'm not really sure what the specific differences are between cloning a drive or imaging/taking an image of it, but I decided to image as I got some advice from another forum on the matter and was recommended to do that (from my understanding, taking an image rather than a clone of a drive allows you to continue using the exernal-mediator drive for other things after the whole data transfer process, as opposed to cloning). Anyways, I've done that and also made a rescue USB flash drive using the same Macrium program, though now I'm just wondering how to test (if its possible) the rescue drive I made before actually physically swapping my SSDs; if you happen to know about this at all, I'd be very greatful for any advice/instructions you can provide. Also, in reference to your recommended M.2 Nvme SSD enclosure, is that something that's only required to use if I were to clone my SSD rather than take an image? Right now I don't have that kind of device and wasn't planning on using it for imaging my old SSD to the new one, however if I do indeed need one for my procedure as well then let me know. I was just planning to change SSDs, boot up the laptop from the rescue flash drive (hopefully after verifying it works), and then hooking up my external HD to my laptop to begin transferring the image to the new drive.
Thanks again for the reply
08-11-2019 03:34 PM
Also, for the Windows product key, is it the OEM key I should be recording or the retail/retailer key? Or are they the same thing? I just found a site that gave me a command prompt line to use to find it and I believe it provided me with the OEM key. Thanks
08-12-2019 06:20 AM
Glad you got it figured out, though IMHO you're making additional work for yourself. The cloning process IME is a lot smoother than using a backup/image/boot disc procedure to install an SSD. I've done a bunch of Samsungs and every single one worked without a hitch. A few clicks to tell the software what I'm doing and I go get a beer while it does all the work. When done, I swap the drives, boot back up and check to make sure Windows knows the drive's an SSD and larger.
All that backup work is just for protection in case something DOES go wrong. The USB enclosures are inexpensive and I do get a lot of use out ot them. The time may come when your Crucial is getting long in the tooth and higher-capacity SSDs have come down in price. You may wish to do it all over, again. Just my opinion. In either case, enjoy the new drive!
08-13-2019 03:34 PM
Hey DrKiran, I asked about this in a separate post on the forums and I was told that a 1TB sized SSD would indeed be compatible with a Yoga 730 13IKB. I also am upgrading my 730 13-inch SSD to a 1TB, up from its current 256GB.
08-13-2019 03:37 PM
I probably would have gone with the method you described if I'd known about that option in more detail earlier, and I also don't currently have an SSD enclosure device as you described, which would have been another component for me to purchase as part of the data transfer process. But I appreciate the info; if I ever have to do something like this in the future, maybe just to get an updated backup of my drive, I'll probably go with the cloning method instead! Thanks!
08-13-2019 08:05 PM
Update: So I was succesfully able to swap my SSDs and transfer the data from my old SSD to the new one. The new SSD, also partitioned in 4-5 sections like my old 256GB SSD, now has 905GB of usable storage, which is ample enough considering the extra partitioning work that had to be done before I could begin using my laptop again with the new drive. I used a software called Macrium Reflect that helped with a lot of the inbetween operations, like making a rescue drive/CD from which your PC will boot from after physically swapping drives; from what I read on one article online, making a rescue drive yourself from scratch is a bit more tedious and gives more room for error than just having a program like Macrium that has a build rescue media option already built in. The most important bit of info I learned from this process was to make sure that your system is going to properly make use of all the additional space in the new SSD, which it may not do automatically (at least when restoring from a system image, as in my case). I had to have someone help me with resizing and rearranging drive partitions after an initial image restore, as after the first transfer the new drive had been partitioned exactly like the old 256 GB SSD leaving about 693GB as unused/unrecognized space. I honestly still don't understand the minute details how SSDs and hard drives process data and how partitions work, but I definitely know more about them now than I did prior to doing this drive upgrade. Thanks for the help you guys have been on this thread during my work with all of this! It's all really appreciated!
08-14-2019 06:45 AM
That was some of the extra work I was talking about. In the cloning software that comes with Samsung drives (and, I imagine, other drives) these settings are presented up front, so that the cloning process leaves you with whatever partitioning you want. No need to go back in later and fuss with it. Just in case anyone else is reading this.
3rd party software makers will tell you that their rescue disks are easier to make and use. I'm sure the difference in time and effort from good ol' Windows isn't terribly different. I make images weekly (automatically) and update rescue discs once or twice per year. Whether Windows or 3rd-party, it's good to test those rescue discs often just to make sure they work, even if the software maker folds up.