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Gigabyte Sabre Upgrading - M.2 imaging tools?

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Brainstrust, I'm upgrading the M2 and HDD in a new Sbare 17-k for a friend and need some advice on cloning the M2 drive. It's the boot drive and has the recovery partition etc. I have no way of connecting both M2 drives simultaneously.

Is/are there any reliable tools for imaging drives, preferably free? I think I'm going to need to create an image, swap in the new unit and restore the image from an alternative boot source. Vaguely recall doing this with linux tool cds, but it has been a long time and I guess the install will be from a linux USB?

 

Help me, atomic-wan!

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Yeah, that's pretty much it. Clone the original drive to an external usb drive as an image using a bootable USB or DVD. Swap the drives and restore the image to new drive.

 

The imaging software must be ssd aware. I dont deal with linux systems but most imaging bootables would be linux or windows pe.

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I got an adaptor for M.2 drives to Sata for that sort of situation for $4.50 but that's eBay and a bit of a wait. Stores might have them but not a common item and cost might be 5 times that.

 

Intermediate drive is probably the best idea if you can't get an adaptor. SSD awareness for imaging software should be a non issue, doing a dump/restore is the same thing for both types.

I've recently used AOEMI Backup free, though have found that often you'll get a drive that won't boot properly, to fix that is a simple case of issuing the BOOTREC /FIXMBR for the drive.

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I mentioned the ssd aware thing because older cloning software might not have the drivers to handle ssd drives.

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So long as one drive is forever Samsung, the Samsung data migration tool is the bees knees.

 

M.2 to External Drive.

External drive to M.2

 

 

Or, if you think it's something you'd like to do in the future,

https://www.startech.com/au/HDD/Enclosures/m2-ssd-enclosure~SM2NGFFMBU33

 

Grab something like that. I'm sure there's some great chinese clones on Ebay.

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Thanks for all the replies! Drive imaged and restored onto sexy Samsung, no issues. HDD replaced with sexy Samsung SSD.
Client happy as, so am I. SUffering hardware envy, as usual.
@Roscosity - Client is an author/editor, thus the large screen requirement. Connects to a lovely 27" Acer IPS pivotting monitor in the office but spends a lot of time travelling. Thanks for the offer of assistance!

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