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Clone a Samsung NVME SSD

I am using an usb enclosure to clone my new Samsung NVME SSD. After the cloning is done, can I reboot my Lenovo laptop from the USB enclosure? Or I have to remove the old one and put the new one in my machine? My laptop only has one slot for the NVME SSD.
Just want to make sure the cloning is successfully before physically exchange the two SSDs.
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konsensei wrote: YES
Thanks.
But how can I tell my laptop to reboot from my usb
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tofubb wrote: Thanks.
But how can I tell my laptop to reboot from my usb
There should be a boot priority option when you first turn on your laptop. There should be a brief message saying something like 'Press F8 to select boot order, press DEL to enter setup'. I think it's usually F8 or F12.

Or else you should be able to hit DEL to enter the BIOS options and there should be some settings there for your boot order.
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ugly wrote: There should be a boot priority option when you first turn on your laptop. There should be a brief message saying something like 'Press F8 to select boot order, press DEL to enter setup'. I think it's usually F8 or F12.

Or else you should be able to hit DEL to enter the BIOS options and there should be some settings there for your boot order.
Thanks.
I try to use the Samsung Migican program to clone the hard drive. However Samsung program doesn’t recognize the Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVME M.2 SSD and doesn’t support the drive.
I called Samsung support, he said it is because I am using a third party enclosure. Is it really truth?
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tofubb wrote: Thanks.
I try to use the Samsung Migican program to clone the hard drive. However Samsung program doesn’t recognize the Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVME M.2 SSD and doesn’t support the drive.
I called Samsung support, he said it is because I am using a third party enclosure. Is it really truth?
Probably is true.

I almost want to suggest to stop what you are doing and have someone that knows what they are doing to do the job...
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XtremeModder wrote: Probably is true.

I almost want to suggest to stop what you are doing and have someone that knows what they are doing to do the job...
The tech support guy suggested me to use a third party program.
Local computer store charge $80 for cloning a drive, that is why I want to try it out myself
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tofubb wrote: The tech support guy suggested me to use a third party program.
Local computer store charge $80 for cloning a drive, that is why I want to try it out myself
try Macrium free or something similar.
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konsensei wrote: try Macrium free or something similar.
Thanks. I did. I changed the start-up order under BIOS and had my system booted from the cloned drive, seem it worked. But how can I really tell that my system is boot from usb drive or not.
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tofubb wrote: Thanks. I did. I changed the start-up order under BIOS and had my system booted from the cloned drive, seem it worked. But how can I really tell that my system is boot from usb drive or not.
You're going to have to disassemble the computer regardless to install the new NVMe drive correct? So might as well strip it down, put in the new cloned NVMe drive and make sure everything is working before you put everything back together. This way you know it works and you can reassemble the machine and that's it.

Any cloning job like that, that requires a laptop teardown I tear it down, remove the battery or if its interal - disconnect it, stay grounded and test to make sure everything works before putting it back together.
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tofubb wrote: Thanks. I did. I changed the start-up order under BIOS and had my system booted from the cloned drive, seem it worked. But how can I really tell that my system is boot from usb drive or not.
just create a text file on desktop.
then boot with usb plugged, unplugged
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heyyahblah wrote: You're going to have to disassemble the computer regardless to install the new NVMe drive correct? So might as well strip it down, put in the new cloned NVMe drive and make sure everything is working before you put everything back together. This way you know it works and you can reassemble the machine and that's it.

Any cloning job like that, that requires a laptop teardown I tear it down, remove the battery or if its interal - disconnect it, stay grounded and test to make sure everything works before putting it back together.
Thanks. Good idea
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konsensei wrote: just create a text file on desktop.
then boot with usb plugged, unplugged
Thanks, this is my project for the weekend
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konsensei wrote: just create a text file on desktop.
then boot with usb plugged, unplugged
When I try to boot up with the cloned drive, I got the blue screen error. The error code is inaccessible boot drive. :(

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