How to clone optane accelerated system onto Samsung EVO 970 NVME drive

Alan Silverman
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My client has an HP Omen 880-1xx desktop pc running Windows 10 home. This has 16GB of Intel Optane memory and a 2TB regular mechanical hard drive.  I want to replace this with a Samsung NVME drive that will go into the Optane memory slot.  I'm thinking I will create an image of the current configuration onto a regular Samsung 860 EVO SSD then clone that drive onto the NVME drive.  I tried booting Acronis True Image but that did not see the Optane accelerated C drive. Are there any tools or a procedure that will allow me to do this?
Thanks,
Al
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Kesavan JeganarayananIT Consultant

Commented:
Samusung has its own cloning software. Data Migrator free to use for Samsung SSD. Use this to clone

https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/
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check if the drive is seen in the bios
probably you need drivers for the NVMe drive - check on the hp site : https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/desktops

it may also need a bios update
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You don't need to clone the optane drive as it's nothing but a fast cache of frequently used data that exists on the other hard drive.
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McKnife,
So if I just disengage the optane, I'll have the operating system as is on the existing mechanical drive?
You said "Frequently used data".  My understanding was that it only accelerates the operating system, not
the programs.
Best,
Al
Distinguished Expert 2018

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Yes. The OS might expect optane to be there and complain, but it doesn't need it.
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Alan, my understanding of optane didn't come from personal experience. I had time to read more about it and possibly the exchange is not that easy after all, so I suggest to ask the manufacturer support for help before you do it.

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Here is the procedure I used.
1. Make backup of system on flash drive using Microsoft backup utility.

Per HP website
2. Disable Optane in the Intel RST utility.
3. They said to then disable it in the BIOS.  I couldn't do this because the bios of the machine I'm working on didn't show this option.
4. Remove optane from the M.2 slot.
5. Put NVME into M.2 slot.
6. Restore from flash drive.

Then I made a full drive backup using Acronis.

Thanks to everyone for your help,
Al

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