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Cloning NVMe drive with multiple partitions

SugarJ

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So I've found myself running out of room on my boot SSD on my Alienware. I want to clone the OEM NVMe drive to my new HP EX drive I've got while preserving the Dell recovery partitions etc. I'm able to have both drives operating at once in my laptop. The 2nd m2 slot is slower and my new drive is much faster than the Toshiba otherwise I'd keep both in there.



Suggestions for software to do so? Free preferably.....
 

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Clonezilla & AOMEI partition assistant to move the recovery partition(s) to the end.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I tried Clonezilla first (because I use Filezilla regularly at work, I liked the name) but caught errors I think were due to secure boot in the Alienware BIOS. Easeus Todo cloned the drive for me easily. Then I used the AOMEI Partition Assistant to move the recovery partitions to the end of the drive and resized the OS partition. I think Partition Assistant probably would have cloned it for me too if I'd tried it first......
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I tried Clonezilla first (because I use Filezilla regularly at work, I liked the name) but caught errors I think were due to secure boot in the Alienware BIOS. Easeus Todo cloned the drive for me easily. Then I used the AOMEI Partition Assistant to move the recovery partitions to the end of the drive and resized the OS partition. I think Partition Assistant probably would have cloned it for me too if I'd tried it first......

Strange, I've never had any issue with Clonezilla's block level cloning. I've cloned Dell drives, but never Alienware though. Glad you got it sorted.
 

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Strange, I've never had any issue with Clonezilla's block level cloning. I've cloned Dell drives, but never Alienware though. Glad you got it sorted.


It would boot from the USB, but then threw some errors when I tried to run any of the options, something about trying to write something but it was already existing. Both Easeus Todo and Partition Assistant run from within Windows and were simple to run.
 

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AOMEI is strange it has easy clone and system clone and says you have to use system clone to make sure your pc will boot afterward. I thought a clone is a clone don't know why it wouldn't boot after anyways just thought it was weird.

offtopic but why would you move the recovery partitions to the end of the drive?. I just ask cause I don't know what the difference would matter where there are on the drive thanks
 

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offtopic but why would you move the recovery partitions to the end of the drive?. I just ask cause I don't know what the difference would matter where there are on the drive thanks


So that I have one large OS partition. When I cloned it to the larger NVMe drive it put the recovery partitions right after the original ~220GB OS partition, leaving ~240 GB unallocated. I'd prefer to have as few logical drives as possible, so I moved the recovery partitions to the end and expanded my future C drive to maximum size. I'll be swapping the HP EX920 to the primary M2 slot tonight so I'll see if it works how I want.


Edit: And now I see that 1TB NVMe drives are going for as low as $229 on Newegg. Kicking myself for not ponying up the extra c-note now.
 

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Dell offers downloadable recovery media and with Windows 10 you can always just download from MS directly too. Never found a reason to keep those OEM recovery partitions on my personal machines.

And just to be clear, you're talking about moving the OEM recovery to the end of the drive? Not the OS one that's the boot partition? I had issues with the OS boot partition being at the end of the drive and preventing Windows 7 to 10 upgrades, so I wouldn't be surprised if it prevents you from doing feature upgrades in Win10 too. Just something to be mindful of...
 

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