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Title: PCI-e SSD upgrade.
Post by: lexie_1 on 12-January-19, 16:45:36
Hi,

I own a GL62M7REX with a128 GB PCI-E Gen3 SSD inside. 
I want to upgrade to 256 GB.
How can this be done?  I don't want to loose my current data and I want to do this myself.
And how to clone 2 drives if i have only 1 PCE-E slot availible in the Laptop.

Please advise what i should buy and what tool i need to Clone the SSD.

Regards,
Alex
Title: Re: PCI-e SSD upgrade.
Post by: WƧI ꓵƨԍʁ Էoʁnw on 12-January-19, 19:32:22
GL62M7REX with a128 GB PCI-E Gen3 SSD inside.
I want to upgrade to 256 GB.

Please advise what i should buy and what tool i need to Clone the SSD.

You have 4 choices.
1) Buy an M.2 USB 3.1 caddy/enclosure and clone it yourself.
2) Buy a 2.5" M.2 SATA caddy and clone from the internal bay.
3) Clean install W10.
4) Have a computer shop do the cloning and install for you.

Cloning software is available from the SSD manufacturer website.

You will have a 128GB M.2 leftover, I would suggest the USB 3.1 M.2 caddy, you will be able to use it as a portable storage device. You also have the need for cloning and it serves a purpose there as well. You can, as well, keep the M.2 with the OS on it for at least 1 year until the warranty on the notebook runs out. Some warranty providers will insist that the notebook be in OEM condition for service work, you would have to swap them out.

https://www.google.com/search? (https://www.google.com/search?q=USB+3.1+M.2+caddy&num=50&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwidqbHo7ejfAhWqHTQIHaVbBZkQ_AUIDigB&biw=1396&bih=720)
q=USB+3.1+M.2+caddy&num=50&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwidqbHo7ejfAhWqHTQIHaVbBZkQ_AUIDigB&biw=1396&bih=720 (https://www.google.com/search?q=USB+3.1+M.2+caddy&num=50&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwidqbHo7ejfAhWqHTQIHaVbBZkQ_AUIDigB&biw=1396&bih=720)

https://www.google.com/search?q=2.5%22+M.2+SATA+caddy&num=50&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjq4eHC7-jfAhX0ITQIHd6tAFcQ_AUIDigB&biw=1396&bih=720 (https://www.google.com/search?q=2.5"+M.2+SATA+caddy&num=50&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjq4eHC7-jfAhX0ITQIHd6tAFcQ_AUIDigB&biw=1396&bih=720)

W10 allows you change the default storage location of all your stuff to any drive.
If you store nothing on your C drive and put all your stuff on D, W10 should not need more than 80GB space. 
It might be better to buy a 1 or 2TB 2.5" SATA SSD for storage, and leave the OS on the 128GB M.2 SSD.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=2tb%20ssd&Submit=ENE (https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=2tb ssd&submit=ENE)
Title: Re: PCI-e SSD upgrade.
Post by: lexie_1 on 15-January-19, 07:41:28
Thanks for the clear explanation.