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Best way to clone 512GB SSD to m.2 480GB NVME?

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Best way to clone 512GB SSD to m.2 480GB NVME?

I already installed the m.2 in my PC, but because a slight smaller size (even though I have 170GB free from SSD), Macrium Reflect won't clone it and I couldn't shrink the SSD size either due to the fragmented files. Can I create a rescue USB, boot into that and back up my SSD to another 1TB HD that I have on the PC. Unplug the SSD, then boot with the media again and restore the backup from HD onto the m.2. Then remove the boot media and reboot the PC. Will that work?
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You need software that can do this properly - years ago, I would have done this with Acronis TrueImage; I have no idea if there's anything better these days. Boot from the proper software's bootable media, clone from the SSD to the m.2 drive, when it's done, turn the machine off, unplug the SSD (very important if you don't want Windows to get completely messed up when it comes to drive letters, etc - never boot up the new drive the first time with the old drive still connected), and then you're done.
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what is the source drive ? windows ?

if windows then you can just shkrink it, if the windows manager don't allow you then you can do it via command line
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sexyj wrote: what is the source drive ? windows ?

if windows then you can just shkrink it, if the windows manager don't allow you then you can do it via command line
Yes it windows. I will look for the command line. Thanks
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Are you trying to clone the drive while it's running Windows? Try again using a live USB boot drive (aka "Rescue"), before messing around with changing partition sizes.
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mkl38s wrote: I already installed the m.2 in my PC, but because a slight smaller size (even though I have 170GB free from SSD), Macrium Reflect won't clone it and I couldn't shrink the SSD size either due to the fragmented files. Can I create a rescue USB, boot into that and back up my SSD to another 1TB HD that I have on the PC. Unplug the SSD, then boot with the media again and restore the backup from HD onto the m.2. Then remove the boot media and reboot the PC. Will that work?
With Macrium Reflect
you clone to a file
then clone from file to 480GB NVME
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