09-19-2017 06:40 AM
Can the system boot up from the source HDD in external USB box?
I am already ordering a 3.1 SATA cable or enclosure to give that a try, because then I could load all the driver's and just use the Samsung cloning software if it worked. Unfortunately enclosures and cables don't exist yet for Pcie drives, so I can't do that same thing in reverse.
BTW, did you replace the drive cable and add the bracket for m.2 SSD?
Of course. The drive is recognizable by both the laptop hardware as well as gparted (I initialized the drive there so I know it is working properly).
09-19-2017 07:24 AM
Do it well, worse becomes itself
09-19-2017 08:11 AM - edited 09-19-2017 08:13 AM
Yes, already in my plans to try other cloning programs. I got a lot of recommendations for Macrion Reflect, but no one tried it with this specific Pcie application. I am going to try several at the same time because if I have to spend another 15 to 30 minutes trying to take the back cover off the T470 to swap the drives I am going to smash it with a slege hammer...and yes I am following the instructions like others that curse this machine.
09-21-2017 01:34 PM
I tried Macrium Reflect to do an image backup/restore...same problem. I have a USB external enclosure on order for the HDD; don't know if I can boot from it, but if so I can try Samsung's migration software, as it has worked well in the past.
10-02-2017 06:37 PM - edited 10-02-2017 07:01 PM
SOLVED: After hitting F12 I went into the Windows Boot menu rather than going into the 960 drive, played around and not sure what I did, but anyway it is now booting into Windows from the image of the HDD that I restored onto the 960 using Macrium Reflect. I suspect the Clonezilla image was good as well.
On a side note I now have an extra set of parts to install an Nvme drive (Bracket and cable) if anyone is interested and doesn't want to wait 4 months like I had to. I just want what I paid for it plus what it would cost to ship it out, unless someone wants to pick it up.
Here are the speeds I am seeing. Can't complain.