Cloning from SATA SSD to M.2 (NVMe) SSD - how to safely reset source drive for file storage?
Hello, I got an XPG NVMe SSD (500 GB) and with it the Acronis True Image. I plan to use it to clone my Win10+files that are currently in a Crucial SATA SSD (also 500 GB) to the new NVMe SSD, from which I will always boot, but I'd also like to wipe the source SATA SSD and use it as additional storage space on the same PC. My question is: how can I safely do this, as there is a very clear instruction not to turn the system on with both SSDs connected, post cloning?
I read that in this case the best practice would be to connect my old SATA SSD through a USB adapter, but I don't have such adapter and by the logic of this recommedation, it seems the only concern is to prevent the system from booting from the old drive (since it will never boot from a USB drive), which would mess up the new drive (in my case, the NVMe SSD). Is that right? And if so, wouldn't it be equally safe if I (1) after cloning, disconnected the SATA SSD and turned the PC on with only the NVMe SSD connected, to ensure it booted from there; (2) turned the PC off, plugged the SATA SSD (old drive) back in the motherboard SATA port; (3) turned it on again but on the post screen made sure the boot sequence keeps the NVMe SSD as primary drive; (4) let it boot from the NVMe and then used Windows tools to wipe the SATA SSD clean ??