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M.2 Upgrade guide

M.2 Upgrade guide This guide is a simple outline on how to upgrade your M.2 SSD.

This guide applies to a M.2 SATA SSD or a M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.

This guide is a simple outline on how to upgrade your M.2 SSD.

This guide applies to a M.2 SATA SSD or a M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD.

You will need

You will need SDD: make sure you have chosen a compatible SSD. 
Clone case: if your computer does not have two M.2 slots you will need an external enclosure to clone your old drive onto the new one.
Tools: obvious but important to make sure you have everything you need.
Your computer manual or service manual (search online) will have instrutions on how to replace your M.2 NVME.

SDD: make sure you have chosen a compatible SSD. 

Clone case: if your computer does not have two M.2 slots you will need an external enclosure to clone your old drive onto the new one.

Tools: obvious but important to make sure you have everything you need.

Your computer manual or service manual (search online) will have instrutions on how to replace your M.2 NVME.

Cloning software?

Cloning software? We recommend Acronis or Macrium to clone your SSD. It depends on your new SSD.
Acronis have a free version that can be used on any Crucial M.2
You can download it from
upgradeable.com.au/clone 

For Samsung or other branded M.2 SSDs we recommend Macrium Reflect, the free version. 

Why not Samsung's Migration software? Samsung's software is not compatible with any external cloning case. If you are cloning internally, and not using a clone case, then Samsung's software can be used.

We recommend Acronis or Macrium to clone your SSD. It depends on your new SSD.

Acronis have a free version that can be used on any Crucial M.2

You can download it from

upgradeable.com.au/clone 

For Samsung or other branded M.2 SSDs we recommend Macrium Reflect, the free version. 

Why not Samsung’s Migration software? Samsung’s software is not compatible with any external cloning case. If you are cloning internally, and not using a clone case, then Samsung’s software can be used.

M.2 into Clone case

M.2 into Clone case First step is to put teh new M.2 drive into the external enclosure and plug into your computer via the USB-A or USB-C port.

First step is to put teh new M.2 drive into the external enclosure and plug into your computer via the USB-A or USB-C port. 

Clone to new M.2

Clone to new M.2 If you are using Acronis or Macrium, run the software (we have guides for both software) and clone your old M.2. 

You do not need to format the drive first, the software will format the drive as part of the cloning.

If you are using Acronis or Macrium, run the software (we have guides for both software) and clone your old M.2. 

You do not need to format the drive first, the software will format the drive as part of the cloning.  

Install new M.2

Install new M.2 When the cloning has finished. Power off the computer, unplug the power and install the new SSD by replacing the old M.2.

Use your computer's manual or service manual for the correct procedure. 

Hold your M.2 SSD by the edges, do not touch the gold pins. Align the notch with the ridge in the M.2 slot and insert at a 30 degree angle. 

If you are adding a second M.2, set the new M.2 as the primary drive.

When the cloning has finished. Power off the computer, unplug the power and install the new SSD by replacing the old M.2.

Use your computer’s manual or service manual for the correct procedure. 

Hold your M.2 SSD by the edges, do not touch the gold pins. Align the notch with the ridge in the M.2 slot and insert at a 30 degree angle. 

If you are adding a second M.2, set the new M.2 as the primary drive. 

Turn on your computer

Turn on your computer Once the new SSD is installed, you can turn on the computer and have some fun!

Once the new SSD is installed, you can turn on the computer and have some fun!

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Upgradeable tries to be accessible, we have numerous ways to be contacted, we provide support to all our customers.
Technical Support please call: 
Australia: 02 9391 5200 
New Zealand:  09 974 4720 
Leave a message in our helpdesk here: 
upgradeable.com.au/contact
upgradeable.co.nz/contact

Live Chat online
upgradeable.com.au
upgradeable.co.nz

If Acronis fails to clone we recommend using Macrium not troubleshooting why Acronis failed. 

After clone sound does not work?
In Windows 8 it appears some drivers do not clone over to the new drive. If your sound does not work you will have to reinstall your drivers.

Upgradeable tries to be accessible, we have numerous ways to be contacted, we provide support to all our customers.

Technical Support please call: 

Australia: 02 9391 5200 

New Zealand:  09 974 4720 

Leave a message in our helpdesk here: 

upgradeable.com.au/contact

upgradeable.co.nz/contact

Live Chat online

upgradeable.com.au

upgradeable.co.nz

If Acronis fails to clone we recommend using Macrium not troubleshooting why Acronis failed. 

After clone sound does not work?

In Windows 8 it appears some drivers do not clone over to the new drive. If your sound does not work you will have to reinstall your drivers. 

 

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