Windows 10: Upgrading M.2 NVMe drives in Laptop - Disk format sector size change

Discus and support Upgrading M.2 NVMe drives in Laptop - Disk format sector size change in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi, recently bought a Honor Magicbook 15 2020 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 8gb (2 x 4GB Hynix 2667MHz) 500gb m.2 NVMe (WD SN530) UEFI BIOS - InsydeH20 v1.05... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by disk459, May 4, 2021 at 1:12 PM.

  1. disk459 Win User

    Upgrading M.2 NVMe drives in Laptop - Disk format sector size change


    Hi, recently bought a Honor Magicbook 15 2020 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U 8gb (2 x 4GB Hynix 2667MHz) 500gb m.2 NVMe (WD SN530) UEFI BIOS - InsydeH20 v1.05 Windows 10 Home (20H2) Bought the 15" version as it has internal space for a 2nd drive (2.5" SSD) though a smaller battery than the 14" version. Note: specific connector kits are available, I bought one but then found that the required connector socket had not been soldered to the M/B in my version - So larger SSD main drive required. I have a problem when Upgrading the SSD to a larger drive (Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB) (Both are PCIe 3.0 M.2 2280) The WD drive is formatted with 512 byte sectors (don't know if 512 or 512e) and the Sabrent drive is formatted with 4096 byte sectors. Is there any way to copy over the existing Windows installation & recovery partitions - from a 512 to a 4096 (bytes/sector) SSD. I know that the drive cannot be successfully cloned - is there a way to do this via an image, if so - how? Don't think that most cloning/imaging software (easus etc.) can do this. Macrium Reflect (free) showed a 512/4096 sector problem, the paid version may - by converting to 512e sectors, but I would prefer to run with a 4096 sector size Alternative is to reinstall everything from a USB created from a MS download and lose the recovery partitions Is there a master of the universe out there... somewhere..

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  2. disk459 Win User

    Upgrading M.2 NVMe drives in Laptop - Disk format sector size change

    Hi, recently bought a Honor Magicbook 15 2020
    AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
    8gb (2 x 4GB Hynix 2667MHz)
    500gb m.2 NVMe (WD SN530)
    UEFI BIOS - InsydeH20 v1.05
    Windows 10 Home (20H2)

    Bought the 15" version as it has internal space for a 2nd drive (2.5" SSD) though a smaller battery than the 14" version.
    Note: specific connector kits are available, I bought one but then found that the required connector socket had not been soldered to the M/B in my version - So larger SSD main drive required.

    I have a problem when Upgrading the SSD to a larger drive (Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB) (Both are PCIe 3.0 M.2 2280)

    The WD drive is formatted with 512 byte sectors (don't know if 512 or 512e) and the Sabrent drive is formatted with 4096 byte sectors.

    Is there any way to copy over the existing Windows installation & recovery partitions - from a 512 to a 4096 (bytes/sector) SSD. I know that the drive cannot be successfully cloned - is there a way to do this via an image, if so - how?

    Don't think that most cloning/imaging software (easus etc.) can do this. Macrium Reflect (free) showed a 512/4096 sector problem, the paid version may - by converting to 512e sectors, but I would prefer to run with a 4096 sector size

    Alternative is to reinstall everything from a USB created from a MS download and lose the recovery partitions

    Is there a master of the universe out there... somewhere..
     
  3. spunk Win User
    Upgrading M.2 NVMe drives in Laptop - Disk format sector size change

    When you Clone an SSD/HDD from one drive to another, the Destination drive is wiped during the process and the Format sector size is copied from the Source SSD/HDD along with all the files making it a Mirror copy of the Source drive to the Destination drive.
     
  4. bobkn Win User

    Upgrading M.2 NVMe drives in Laptop - Disk format sector size change

    Issue with upgrading to m.2 NVME, Help?

    I've done what "ignatzsonic" has done, multiple times.

    Image the existing SSD to another drive, which could be the internal HD or an external one. Use the imaging software to create a bootable USB rescue drive. Swap SSDs. Boot from the USB rescue drive, and restore the image to the new SSD. Use Disk Management to resize the main partition if the new SSD is larger than the old, and the imaging software didn't already do that.

    Is the laptop in question the ASUS FX553VD? A little Web search suggests that it supports NVME M.2 SSDs, but I wish that I was certain. It worries me slightly that Crucial doesn't list any M.2 NVME SSD upgrades for it.
     
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