I saw some news the other day that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB Founders Edition is slowly coming back into stock – probably ‘because the Nvidia 40 series is about to come out‘ – at the original $399 price.

After reading that 3060 Ti FE info I spotted some of the same 16 GBs (2×8) of Ram I have in the ‘Apevia‘ main computer (runs Win11 Pro) for $84.99 plus $5.95 tax ‘n free shipping = $90.94. It’s on the way ‘n will give ‘Apevia‘ a total of 32 GBs now…hey, it’s my main computer!!! Not the newest memory, by far, but plenty good, and same as what’s in it already.

Two M.2 PCIE NVMe’s

Then I recalled having two M.2 PCIE NVMe’s in my big stash box (old Adata XPG & newer Mushkin Helix-L), and the Computer Upgrading started a few moments later. \o/ ‘Hippity hip Hoorah‘ \o/

Made a new backup image of my Win11 Pro’s Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD and then started to install one of the M.2 PCIE NVMe’s. Adata XPG SX6000 Pro was originally in the ‘Antec Jr.‘ computer before I demoted it to a Linux test computer & backup Win11 Pro computer for ‘Apevia‘. It finally required having to remove the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 XC GPU to get it installed. I refuse to say how much time was wasted by trying to get my fingers between the huge Noctua’s NH-U9S CPU fan cooler ‘n that GPU, and the NVMe spacer that needed screwed into the 2280 spot was small, but the screw was much much smaller…*MUCH* smaller! I’m 76 year old ‘n my eyes ain’t like they used to be. That tiny screw needed a magnetic tiny Phillips screwdriver, that I use to tighten the screws on my glasses at times, but it still ended up falling off or turning sideways right when it got down to the screw-hole!?

Oh, the spot for the PCIE NVMe, in between the CPU fan cooler ‘n GPU was sorta dark ‘n needed extra light for me to see. Try holding a tiny screwdriver wid a tinier screw on it, whilst you’re also trying to hold the PCIE NVMe in place, and then realize you need another source of light since your hands/fingers/arms are blocking two sources of light!?!

Pull the durn GPU – dummy! Ditto on refusing to say how much time was wasted by trying to get my fingers between the huge CPU fan cooler ‘n that GPU! 😉

Reinstalled the 3-slot GPU complete wid re-screwing it ‘n the bracket. Had pulled the computer out, so needed to hook some wires back up…I’m ready!

Restoring SSD images to PCIE NVMe

Long story on what I discovered about SSD images being restored to PCIE NVMe…using both Win11 Pro’s “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” & also Clonezilla…

to be continued