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M.2 THNSNJ128G8NY (2280) 128 GB SSD Clone to 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 = BOOT FAIL?

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Hello to all, I have just purchased the Acronis True Image 2021 as I saw a number of people Clone a M.2 to NVMe M.2 successfully.
My clone process is sound with no error but cloned NVMe M.2 fails to boot.
All BIOS settings are correct in my MSI GP72 6QF Laptop but it is still a no go with boot.
I have followed all Acronis directions with restart and booting to cloned drive but it still fails?
Can someone please assist and direct me with a solution?
Many thanks to all. Cheers
Sean

(*REF = youtube.com watch?v=7JW1QPHdUSg&t=423s - How To Upgrade or Clone an NVMe M2 SSD?)

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Sean, welcome to these public User Forums.

There are various reasons why the cloned drive won't work / boot correctly but the key one here is the difference between a laptop and the desktop / tower PC used by the person in the YouTube video.

Please see KB 56634: Acronis True Image: how to clone a disk - and review the step by step guide given there.

Note: the first section of the above KB document directs laptop users to KB 2931: How to clone a laptop hard drive - and has the following paragraph:

It is recommended to put the new drive in the laptop first, and connect the old drive via USB. Otherwise you will may not be able to boot from the new cloned drive, as Acronis True Image will apply a bootability fix to the new disk and adjust the boot settings of the target drive to boot from USB. If the new disk is inside the laptop, the boot settings will be automatically adjusted to boot from internal disk. As such, hard disk bays cannot be used for target disks. For example, if you have a target hard disk (i.e. the new disk to which you clone, and from which you intend to boot the machine) in a bay, and not physically inside the laptop, the target hard disk will be unbootable after the cloning.

Personally, I don't use cloning for this type of migration as I find it better, safer and just as easy to use Backup & Recovery. 

You should always make a full disk backup before attempting cloning regardless, this is your safety net in case of mistakes etc!

With a laptop, you are going to have to open the case to change the drive, so the process I use is to make the backup, shutdown, change the NVMe drive, then boot the laptop from the Acronis rescue media and Recovery the backup to the new drive (safe in the knowledge that my original working drive is put out of harms way for if needed).

See forum topic: Steve migrate NVMe SSD where I have documented the above process with screen images.  I have used this to go from a 128GB SSD to 500GB and from 500GB to 1TB SSD over the past year or so.