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Transferring OS and files to internal drive


I've previously posted with a problem with my NUC7i5BNH randomly shutting for for 1-2 seconds and then starting back up. After contacting Intel support I was able to get a replacement unit, but unfortunately the issue is still at hand.


I believe the issue is with the two drives I have. The main is a Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA SSD. The other is a Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 SSD.


The OS is installed on the 500GB drive, so I'd like to know what steps I need to take to clone the image and transfer it to the M.2 so I can remove and replace the 500GB drive.


I am not terribly technically savvy, and I intended the 1TB drive to be the main with the 500GB drive as a backup.


Any help would be appreciated. I've Google how to do this and most answers are geared around cloning to an external hard drive. I'm hoping there's a way I can do this without a USB or full OS install on the M.2 being necessary.




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Probably you will not like my answer. The UEFI partition will not boot if will be cloned from drive connected to port in one location to the drive connected to other port. In my opinion, the easiest way to install Windows on your M.2 drive is not to clone the SATA drive but to perform clean installation of Windows 10 on the M.2 drive. So, I suggest please prepare an Windows Installation Media USB, using Microsoft Media Creation Tool and install Windows. You don't need to enter Product Key. Windows will be reactivated automatically. Disconnect the SATA disk before starting Windows installation.

You may follow during installation the following tutorial:




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Hello BMali1, I am following up with your case and see that we have not heard back from you. Recommendation provided by Leon is correct, it is recommended to do a clean installation of the operating system while backing up your data in a external USB device. If you need more assistance do not hesitate to reply. Regards, David V Intel Customer Support Technician Under Contract to Intel Corporation
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