Change SSD

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  1. Gianlucadbl

    Gianlucadbl Notebook Guru

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    I should upgrade my SSD 256 GB of RBA 2019 with an SSD nvme 1tb, is there any guide? I would like to pass everything I have from the old SSD to the new SSD, I have an external 1tb hdd to do it if it's possible.

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    hfm Notebook Prophet

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    First, go get the free edition of Macrium Reflect (MR from here on out)
    https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

    Everyone should have this. You are backing up your computers every night right? MR is the BEST backup software I've ever used. I bought the home edition so I could encrypt and password protect my backups to my NAS, I run a nightly incremental forever plan. I digress, I could sing MR praises all day.

    Way to do it with your current hardware:
    1. Use MR to create an image backup of all the partitions of your current drive and put it on your 1TB USB. It will create a single file backup that consists of all the partitions.
    2. Then use MR to create a WinPE recovery USB flash drive. Test it to make sure you can boot from it into the recovery mode and you can read the files on your USB drive where you should see the full disk image backup. (You should see an .mrimg file)
    3. Install the new nVME SSD into the Blade.
    4. Boot from the WinPE flash drive, recover the image that's on your 1TB USB to the new drive.
    5. Remove both USB drives.
    6. Reboot
    7. \m/
    Might be easier:
    1. Get an enclosure for the new 1TB nVME. It took a long time for a company to finally make one, Lisa reviewed one on Mobile Tech Review here: Mobile Tech Review Video | Amazon Link
    2. Put your new drive in the enclosure and use MR to clone your existing drive to the new drive.
    3. Swap them out.
    4. \m/
    If something goes wrong, you always have your intact original drive to boot from and figure out why it's not working.
     
  3. Gianlucadbl

    Gianlucadbl Notebook Guru

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    Thanks man, so is the basic program sufficient for me? I would prefer to do the first version so as not to have other expenses, so besides the external HDD I also need a USB pen drive to install windows? In the HDD copy of MR will all the drives that I have now (gpu, wifi Thunderbolt, audio, etc ..) already exist?

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  4. CraftyClown

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    The free version should be absolutely fine for what you want to do. The paid version adds cool functionality like incremental backups which you don't need to worry about right now.
     
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    Yes, free edition is fine for what you need.

    Yes, you should get a USB Pen Drive and use MR's ability to Create a bootable recovery drive with it. You will need to boot from this to restore your backup. Here's some screenshots:

    Create the WInPE recovery USB:

    Menu item to begin:
    [​IMG]

    Choose the USB flash drive you installed (format it first just incase), click build:
    [​IMG]

    You will see something like this happening:
    [​IMG]

    When complete, the USB flash drive contents will look like this:
    [​IMG]

    Create the Image of your existing drive:

    Use this option with the entire drive and all partitions selected:
    [​IMG]

    In the next screen, browse to your 1TB USB drive in the highlighted box, you can see below mine is usually backing up to my NAS. Keep clicking NEXT after you browse to your USB drive to store the file and let it run until complete.
    [​IMG]

    Restoring to new drive after installing it and booting from recovery USB flash drive:

    If Macrium still has the same UI in recovery mode it'll look something like this maybe where you need to pick the .mrimg file from your USB disk and restore it to the new nVME in the blade:
    [​IMG]

    I can't really make any screenshots of the restore process, but you'll need to boot from the flash drive, you might have to change the BIOS options for boot device priority order to make that happen perhaps, then when you're booted into that environment it should be pretty obvious for the option to restore the image to your newly installed 1TB nVME drive in the Blade, something like above.

    I don't think it does, but if the Blade happens to have two different m.2 slots, do NOT leave both of them in the system at the same time as both of them having the same GPT ID will probably cause some problems and potentially render one of them unbootable. After you verify your new 1TB nVME is booting properly and everything works as it should, you could swap them again and format the old one using the same WinPE recovery utility, it most likely has those tools on it. Or stick it in another machine and format it.

    Good luck!
     
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    now it will be much easier! I thank you for the job my friend!


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  7. mario64

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    Hfm, in regards to option 2, does the free version of MR include the cloning functionality? Thanks

    Edit: never mind. I see that it does
     
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    Hi man,

    I created the usb key with the rescue media, and I created the disk image on the external HD, is it normal that the files .mrimg on the disk image are very numerous? When I have to load them, will it be enough to select one and then the process will be automatic or should I select them individually?

    Another thing, how do I change the boot preference?
    (the Razer only has one slot)

    Thanks again
     
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    Sorry just noticed this response!

    Razer should have a boot order in the BIOS (usually hold F2 on bootup to get into it and change the USB to the top of the order, then it will boot from it when it's plugged in). Some BIOS will also let you hold F10 (or some other key maybe) on bootup to just select the device to boot from outright.

    There should only be one .mrimg file on the USB drive unless you actually have a backup plan and there are incrementals and you ran it mutliple times, or perhaps you gave it a maximum file size and it spanned the backup across multiple files. (perhaps this is a free version thing?) If you choose the latest file it should know what to do with them as long as they are all in the same directory.
     
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    yes I have the free version, I reflected on the fact that I had formatted it in fat32, so surely this was it. Now I have formatted it in NTFS and I do it again.

    For the activation of the BIOS I saw that you can also do it via windows itself, going to the control panel and requesting a reboot with entry into the BIOS, so as to change the priority, turn off the laptop and make the replacement. it is feasible? or maybe so the problem is that the USB pen drive must remain connected even during the replacement of the SSD?
     
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