Cloning the operating system is one of the safest actions to back up information, as well as the settings and installed programs. It could be said that this task makes a copy of absolutely everything, so that, once the disk is formatted or a new one is used, it can be used without the need to reinstall all the applications or reset the preferences. If you bought an NVMe SSD, there are several ways to clone Windows 10 to this type of storage media, and in this post, you will learn how to do it very easily.
As I mentioned, cloning your operating system will give you many advantages. Previously, formatting a disk or using a new one could represent a headache, since, although the information could be backed up, many applications had to be downloaded, drivers installed, and Windows preferences reconfigured.
This task allows you to use the formatted disk or the new disk in the same way that you used Windows previously, with the installed applications and organized information. Over time, the number of alternatives and programs for cloning the operating system has increased; however, using the native Windows tool can be a reliable option. On the other hand, if what you want is higher quality and customization, there is no better option than AOMEI Backupper, a software that will undoubtedly meet your expectations.
NVMe SSD (non-volatile memory express solid-state disk) is a type of SSD that uses PCI-Express technology to work, which allows it to reach a reading speed of up to 3500 MB / s and a writing speed up to 2800 MB / s. On the other hand, the standard SSD has a reading speed of 560 MB / s and a writing speed of 540 MB / s.
This comparison results in that an NVMe SSD is approximately seven times faster than a SATA 3 SSD and that the user can enjoy more speed when booting Windows, copying files, opening programs, and games, among other tasks.
Are there any downsides to using an NVMe SSD? The answer is no, although they are very sophisticated storage units that currently have a high cost if we compare them with SATA 3 SSDs. If you use software with high requirements or usually make copies and backup of files, this will represent a recommended expense to do.
Because NVMe SSD is a relatively new technology, you must meet several requirements to boot from this device. Below I will list what you will need to do this task:
If you are a demanding user and need a tool or application to clone Windows 10 to your NVMe SSD, the best option is AOMEI Backupper. This professional software will not only carry out this task effectively and safely, but it will also allow you to customize the cloning according to your needs and preferences.
As if this were not enough, AOMEI Backupper is an application that is very easy to use and, its interface is very intuitive.
Step 1: Click on System Clone
Click Clone from the left column, then select System Clone.
Step 2: Select destination location
The system related partitions are selected by default. Select your NVMe SSD as the destination location to clone your system drive to. One you selected it, click on Next.
If the selected location is a used partition, a window will pop up to prompt that this partition will be deleted or overwritten, then click OK to continue.
Step 3: Customize
There are two optional functions within the Operation Summary window.
1. Select the Sector by sector clone option to copy all sectors of the system partition, which may take more time to complete.
2. The SSD Alignment option can also be selected to optimize the performance of the target if it is SSD (such as in this case).
Step 4 (optional): Edit partition
There is a feature Edit partition. Whether it is available depends on how any source partitions are included in the system and system-related partitions.
1. If there are more than two partitions as the source, the option Edit partitions will be unavailable.
2. The option Edit partitions are available only when the source has one single system partition (C: drive only).
This feature is a very useful complement allowing to change the target drive letter, partition type, and edit the partition type. Once you finish, click OK, and you will see the same image as in step 3. Click Start Clone to operate. Take into account that this task may take several minutes to complete.
Through the Windows installation program, you can use a system image backup to migrate all your configuration to your NVMe SSD. This method is quite simple, but you must bear in mind that it does not have enough features and has no extra tools to customize this task. To carry out this process, you only have to do the following:
Hint: Before starting this tutorial, make sure you have the Windows installation tool. You can store it in a 16 GB USB flash drive. Connect your NVMe SSD.
Step 1: Click on Repair your computer
Boot from the drive where you stored the Windows Setup tool. After the program has opened, click on Repair your computer. Windows will redirect you to the Advanced Options menu.
Step 2: Click on Troubleshoot
From the Advanced options menu, click on Troubleshoot from this list.
Step 3: Click on System Image Recovery
On Advanced options, click on System Image Recovery.
Step 4: Select a system image backup
At this point, Windows should recognize your NVMe SSD. This window will show the latest available system image backup; if you want to change it for an older one (not recommended), tick Select a system image and choose the one that you prefer. Finally, click on Next.
Step 5: Exclude disks (optional)
In case you have more than one local disk or partition, you can exclude them from this process. Just click on Exclude disks…, tick de blank square and click on OK.
Step 6: Wait
After confirming your preferences, Windows will start to restore and migrate the operating system. Keep in mind that this type of task may take several minutes to complete. Once Windows finish this task, it will restart, and you will be able to use your PC again.
Cloning Windows is a very efficient process that implies security, practicality, and time-saving. Until not long ago, it was thought twice about formatting a computer or migrating information due to how complex and time-consuming it was to reinstall each program, reconfigure all preferences, and download content. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly necessary since thanks to the advancement of technology. There are excellent storage devices such as NVMe SSDs, which provide enormous advantages. Fortunately, there is AOMEI Backupper, a software that can help you clone your operating system with a few clicks, simply and safely.