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Installing a Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA SSD in a Acer TC-780-acki5

285 312 June 21, 2018 at 05:54 PM
First, I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to computer stuff but my direction following skills make up for it somewhat. lol

A little info about the computer and a link talking about it. Note mine only has 8gb of ram.

GFX (Integrated )Intel HD 630

CPU Intel i5-7400

RAM 8GB DDR4

STORAGE 2TB HDD

https://www.pcbuildadvisor.com/ac...dd-review/

What I'm wanting to do:

Install a Samsung 860 M.2 SATA SSD into the open M.2 slot and clone the contents of the hdd to it and then use the hdd as a storage drive.

My plan and questions.:

1. Install the ssd into the m.2 slot and use the Samsung software to clone the hdd to it.
2. After clone is done I will shut the computer down and disconnect the hdd.
3. Start the computer back up and test if the ssd boots and that the cloning worked.
4.If step 3 works, then shut down again and reconnect the hdd.
5. See if the computer boots from the ssd and take the steps to make the hdd a storage drive.

Questions:

Should the computer automatically boot from the Samsung 860 EVO in the M.2 slot after the cloning and reconnecting the hdd?

Any other steps or precautions I should take before tackling this?


I guess the worst case is that the computer won't boot from the ssd with the hdd connected so I have to leave the hdd disconnected.

Thanks in advance

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When I built my last computer I initially had trouble booting off the m.2. I think it took a bios update or something to fix it. So update your bios going in. Update the firmware on the drive before copying.

I think step 1-3 are good, step 4 thought I think the computer may give you the option to boot from both drives as it will see an MBR on both drives. Do you have an external enclosure in you could throw the old drive in and connect via USB where you would then do a format on it?
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When I built my last computer I initially had trouble booting off the m.2. I think it took a bios update or something to fix it. So update your bios going in. Update the firmware on the drive before copying.

I think step 1-3 are good, step 4 thought I think the computer may give you the option to boot from both drives as it will see an MBR on both drives. Do you have an external enclosure in you could throw the old drive in and connect via USB where you would then do a format on it?

Thanks for the reply.

Changing the boot order on this machine is supposed to be difficult from what I've read.

I'll check the bios to see if it's up to date and see what firmware the m.2 ssd is running. I don't have a external enclosure.....

I took the install question over to the Acer forum and got some help there but I'm still not totally confident in tackling the project right now. Going to get everything planned and ready before I start.

Thanks again.
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I just this from a SSD (OCZ) to a bigger SSD (Samsung).

The Samsung clone software worked fine, What it needs is that is that there is 20% free space on the source (old drive) for the cloning software to have enough scratch space to perform the clone.
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