I’ve been using Windows’ backup & restore utilities since Windows Vista Ultimate and never had a problem wid any of them. Vista Ultimate had the “Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore” utility. Windows 7 had the “Backup and Restore” utility. I believe every version since has used that utility, and Windows 11 & 10 both have a “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” utility, but I never used Windows 8 or 8.1 so I only go by is said about those two.

Those are image based backups that can restore the full system including OS, settings, files, and programs. Windows also has file based backup and restore but I never used it much since I keep Data backed up to other drives ‘n then store those drives.

Restoring SATA SSD images to M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD

As said in Part 1, the Adata XPG SX6000 Pro M.2 PCIE NVMe was installed, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 XC GPU was reinstalled, and I was ready to restore the ‘Apevia‘ computer’s Win11 Pro’s backup image.

The “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” utility almost immediately said – ‘Karmi, we have a problem.‘ Well, the Adata XPG M.2 PCIE NVMe wasn’t listed on the PRIME Z490M-PLUS MoBo’s “Other Devices” compatibility list so I thought it might be that. No biggie, I still had the Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe.

  • 8/15/2022 UPDATE: I had meant to update the BIOS on the ‘Apevia‘ computer but kept forgetting to do it until today!?! Anyway, I wanted to test that Adata XPG SX6000 Pro M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD again by trying to restore the Mushkin Helix’s Win11 Pro backup image to it…after having just updated the BIOS.  \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/  Yes, it worked great, and now it will be the second M.2 PCIE NVMe drive…will be used for data ‘n misc.

Opened the computer back up, removed all screws ‘n the bracket holding in the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 XC GPU and removed it. Then removed the Adata PCIE NVME ‘n replaced it wid the Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe.

Reinstalled the 3-slot GPU complete wid re-screwing it ‘n the bracket. I’m ready!

OK, that restoring worked, but the OS wouldn’t boot after restoration!? Kept saying that something was wrong, but it would try to fix it. After several cycles of that not working I went further and selected the “Advanced” option. That offered me the option of resetting PC, but programs ‘n apps ‘n such might end up missing. Great! Didn’t really have a choice at that point, so had it do a reset.

That worked…sorta. Some stuff was still there…some stuff was gone. Tried it for awhile, but it looked like I was going to need a Clean Install to get everything back to how I want it. Lots of work, either way, but I just didn’t trust or like this “reset” method involving an M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD.

Decided to try Clonezilla at that point. Had Porteus Linux reformat the PCIE NVMe, then put the original Samsung 850 EVO SSD back in and had Clonezilla clone an image. Rebooted and had Clonezilla restore that image to the Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe. Nope…that was still going to require resetting the computer.

By this time, I had discovered that the Asus PRIME Z490M-PLUS MoBo had two M.2 PCIE NVMe slots, but the Adata XPG M.2 PCIE NVMe wasn’t going to work even as a Data drive…it was just incompatible. The second M.2 PCIE NVMe slot is under the GPU, and by this time I had stopped re-screwing the screws ‘n bracket back in until I am finished wid this Upgrade!!! 😉

Some other Software for restoring SATA SSD images to M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD are a tad ‘Questionable‘ in my opinion, and I am not familiar wid Software like Samsung Magician but am going to try that one.

Have purchased a SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB – M.2 NVMe Interface Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND Technology (MZ-V7S500B/AM) at 3,500MB/s Seq. Read & 3,300MB/s Seq. Write for $71.99 + tax & free shipping. I gave up on trying to find a listed compatible M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD on the MoBo “Other Devices” list since they don’t actually list any Model numbers there, so this purchase was a gamble. However, PC Parts Picker suggests it is compatible.

I use PC Parts Picker to help me when building or upgrading a computer, and they haven’t been wrong yet (knock on wood). If the Samsung ends up not being compatible (which I doubt) then I’ll just store it in my big stash box until it is needed. 😉

The Mushkin Helix-L M.2 PCIE NVMe wasn’t listed on the MoBo’s “Other Devices” compatibility list either, but it has worked. At this point, I have done a Clean Install of Windows 11 Pro on it, and everything is going fine. Have even made a “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” image of that installation, then reformatted the same Mushkin PCIE NVME drive & had Windows 11 “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)” utility restore that image back onto the same drive.

Am in no rush, and still have a few options left to test, e.g. seeing if Samsung Magician utility can migrate the entire contents of the Samsung SATA SSD to the new SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus M.2 PCIE NVMe and/or restoring this new Clean Install of Win11 Pro’s Mushkin image to the 970 EVO Plus.

Looks like doing a Clean Install of Windows 11 is up next…

to be continued