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


  1. Posts : 1
    windows 10 Pro 21H1
       #1

    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. Posts : 3,644
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
       #2

    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.
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