Solved Upgrade to larger size m.2 NVMe ssd


Is it possible to upgrade to a larger size nvme ssd without cloning.
If so please explain.
I created a windows 11 USB installation drive, and installed the new drive, but it doesn't work.
It goes to a Windows installation process, but it says it can't find drivers or drive, something, I don't know, after I have selected the USB drive.
If you have a USB drive you can use then this is what I would do. Install the free version of Macrium Reflect. You can find the download on the MajorGeeks website. Make the Macrium recovery disk on a flash drive. Image the old system drive to the USB drive. Shutdown and disconnect power to the computer. Swap the drives and restart your computer withe the USB drive and flash drive plugged in. Without the system drive for the computer to boot from the computer may search for a boot drive and find your flash drive so you can boot into Macrium. If not you may have to hit the ESC key or one of the F keys to boot into the Bios so you can select the flash drive as your boot drive. Once Macrium is running select the image you made on the USB drive and restore to the new drive. When done, exit Macrium, disconnect the external drives and restart your computer. If the computer doesn't find the new drive to boot from you'll have enter the bios and select your new drive.
 

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One way is to unzip this zip file onto a usb stick dell-rst-winpe10.0.zip

when you get to this screen that says "Where do you want to install Windows" , click Load Drivers at the bottom left and browse to the extracted folder on your usb stick . It will recurse through the folder and install the needed drivers

the zip contains
18.37.1.1003
19.5.1.1040
 
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    pentium g5400
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    xfx pro 450
Macrium image restore will work. Did it a few times before.
 

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@fenpeppertree
You have marked the thread as solved.
Did you succeed on installing win on the drive?
 

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For missing RAID driver issues, as others have suggested, just switch to AHCI in the BIOS.

Afterwards install the RAID drivers at first boot and then switch it back to RAID if you want to, or don't install the RAID drivers and just leave it in AHCI

You’re not stuck in AHCI forever, you can install the RAID drivers and switch at any time.
 

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REPLY TO SIW2

Is this a plain flash drive or the one I installed windows 11 on?

I have tried the IRST but it did not work. The YouTube video that explained used a formatted drive.
And besides that when I click "load drive", both the USB drive and my new drive appear. It's after I submit either of them I get the "no drivers found".

I think I need to format the new drive and I can't without an external adapter.

I've got one selected at Walmart, but will have to wait till the 1st to order it.

To anyone suggesting imaging or cloning my current drive, I'm thinking as long as I have the fresh windows 11 on the USB drive, I would rather do that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
REPLY TO SIW2

Is this a plain flash drive or the one I installed windows 11 on?

I have tried the IRST but it did not work. The YouTube video that explained used a formatted drive.
And besides that when I click "load drive", both the USB drive and my new drive appear. It's after I submit either of them I get the "no drivers found".

I think I need to format the new drive and I can't without an external adapter.

I've got one selected at Walmart, but will have to wait till the 1st to order it.

To anyone suggesting imaging or cloning my current drive, I'm thinking as long as I have the fresh windows 11 on the USB drive, I would rather do that.
Formating the drive first is not the problem. The Windows installer does all the work. The only thing the user has to do is delete all of the partitions on the drive they want Windows to use. I still recommend making a Macrium Image of the old drive and restoring it to the new drive. It all up to you to do what you think is best.
 

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    Windows 11 Canary Channel
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    PowerSpec B746
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    Intel Core i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
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    1920 x 1080
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    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
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    750 Watts (62.5A)
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    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
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    Logitech M185
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    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
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    PowerSpec G156
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    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
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    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
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    16 MB DDR 4-2666
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    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
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    1920x1080
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    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
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    Logitek M185
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    Logitek K270
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    Windows Defender
Did you try to extract the drivers from old SSD as I suggested?

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3296 (Release Channel) / Linux Mint 21.3 Cinnamon
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    Lenovo A485
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    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
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    Lenovo (WiFi/BT module upgraded to Intel Wireless-AC-9260)
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    32GB
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    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
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    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
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    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
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    Asus PRIME Z270-A
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    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
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    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
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    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
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    512GB ADATA SX8000NP NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4
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    850W
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    Fractal Design Define 7
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To SIW2
I did the zip file:
the zip contains
18.37.1.1003
19.5.1.1040
but really?
when I opened each folder there was listed a file starting with W-10.
I can only presume it refers to Windows 10, or is it just a strange coincidence?

Anyway It did not work still got message no drivers found.

I will order the external adapter on the 1st and then probably do a clone. I've done this before so it shouldn't be a problem.
 

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  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
I still cannot get my new 1TB M.2 nvme SSD to open my laptop.

I purchased an external M.2 nvme adapter, and I cloned my current M.2 nvme (128GB) to the new drive, but it was left with over 800 GB of unallocated space.

The first time i tried it, it went to the desktop, but after just a minute or two or three it popped up the blue screen saying there's a problem with the device and a restart is needed.

Before this happened, there was a small window saying "Scanning Drive". I presume when the scan completed the blue screen appeared.

I tried to resize the new drive to include the unallocated memory using the MiniTool Partition Wizard which was recommended in a YouTube video I found. I don't think it worked, at least not very well at best

So now, when I try starting the PC with the new drive installed, it goes to Boot Menu with Windows Boot Manager as an option, but nothing happens if Enter is pressed.

Really at a loss, the videos I've seen on YouTube for the problem of resizing the drive to include the unallocated memory do not show as many partitions between the unallocated memory and the main partition.

When I tried to resize the drive, the partition next to the unallocated memory was titled Windows something..., don't remember, exactly.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
Problem solved.

I contacted Lenovo Chat, and this laptop will only upgrade to a 512gb drive.

I'm going to get one at Walmart soon.

And oh, by the way, to get the full memory included for the new SSD when cloning, there is an option after selecting the destination disk "Copy Partitions". After selecting this, there is another option to "shrink or extend to fill the target disk". Select this option and the full memory will then show in the main partition. This is done using Macrium Reflect software. I got this help from a YouTube video:
.
 
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System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
Problem solved.

I contacted Lenovo Chat, and this laptop will only upgrade to a 512gb drive.

I'm going to get one at Walmart soon.
What? That's ridiculous! Only 512GB? Have they put a hard limit into the BIOS?

Or are they talking about SATA vs NVMe drives...then the limit is probably 512GB as bigger are rare.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 build 10.0.22631.3296 (Release Channel) / Linux Mint 21.3 Cinnamon
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    Laptop
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    Lenovo A485
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 2700U Pro
    Motherboard
    Lenovo (WiFi/BT module upgraded to Intel Wireless-AC-9260)
    Memory
    32GB
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    iGPU Vega 10
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    Realtek
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    14" FHD (built-in) + 14" Lenovo Thinkvision M14t (touch+pen) + 32" Asus PB328
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    FHD + FHD + 1440p
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    Intel 660p m.2 nVME PCIe3.0 x2 512GB
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    65W
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    Logitech MX Master 2S
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    Custom
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    i7-7700k @4.8GHz
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    Asus PRIME Z270-A
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    32GB 2x16GB 2133MHz CL15
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    EVGA GTX1080Ti FTW 11GB
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    Integrated
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    32" 10-bit Asus PB328Q
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    WQHD 2560x1440
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    512GB ADATA SX8000NP NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4
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    850W
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    Fractal Design Define 7
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    Edge (Cromium)
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    Windows Defender
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    AC WiFi Card
What? That's ridiculous! Only 512GB? Have they put a hard limit into the BIOS?
I did a search for the IdeaPad Flex 5 and for a M.2 2242 SSD the Maximum size is 512GB. For a M.2 2280 SSD the maximum size is 1TB.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
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    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
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    Logitek M185
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    Logitek K270
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    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
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    Windows Defender
No, not for my model which is Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 ITL05 Type 82HS.
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
I contacted Lenovo Chat, and this laptop will only upgrade to a 512gb drive.
No, not for my model which is Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 ITL05 Type 82HS.
You missed reading the note below the specs you quoted.

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Just because Lenovo offer a limited range of storage for this model doesn't mean it can't handle larger capacities.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Crucial claims that the laptop can use M.2 NVME SSDs as large as 4TB.

Crucial is reliable about upgrade recommendations. They guarantee compatibility of what they sell.

At a guess, Lenovo support is telling you what the largest drive is that they sold the laptop with. They may not officially support anything larger.
 
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  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
@fenpeppertree, if possible try making an image of the old drive and restoring it to the new drive. I have had more problems trying to clone a drive then I have had restoring images.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Crucial claims that the laptop can use M.2 NVME SSDs as large as 4TB.

Crucial is reliable about upgrade recommendations. They guarantee compatibility of what they sell.

At a guess, Lenovo support is telling you what the largest drive is that they sold the laptop with. They may not officially support anything larger.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
Crucial claims that the laptop can use M.2 NVME SSDs as large as 4TB.

If that is the case, the Samsung 990 Pro w/ Heatsink should have worked, shouldn't it have? Or maybe it is the heatsink part of the drive that could be a problem?

Regardless, I have purchased a PNY 500gb M.2 nvme ssd from Walmart just today, and I had no problem at all cloning and installing it, especially with the very helpful information about the "Copy Partitions" option in the Macrium Reflect software that clones the drive to include all the storage space on the drive.

Surprisingly, as much as Macrium Reflect was mentioned in previous posts, noone seemed to be aware of this option that is so basic and helpful.

I am using the PNY 500gb now to download half a dozen or so video games in my Steam account.

At a guess, Lenovo support is telling you what the largest drive is that they sold the laptop with. They may not officially support anything larger.

Where I purchased this laptop on Amazon, there was every size available, 128, 256, 512, 1TB, and 2TB.
I chose the 128 so I could purchase a 1TB ssd by Samsung instead of having 1TB generic ssd and paying quite a bit extra.

I just never expected there would be a limit on the size for upgrading, unless of course, it is a problem because of the heatsink.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    128GB
    Screen Resolution
    FHD
Crucial claims that the laptop can use M.2 NVME SSDs as large as 4TB.

If that is the case, the Samsung 990 Pro w/ Heatsink should have worked, shouldn't it have? Or maybe it is the heatsink part of the drive that could be a problem?

Regardless, I have purchased a PNY 500gb M.2 nvme ssd from Walmart just today, and I had no problem at all cloning and installing it, especially with the very helpful information about the "Copy Partitions" option in the Macrium Reflect software that clones the drive to include all the storage space on the drive.

Surprisingly, as much as Macrium Reflect was mentioned in previous posts, noone seemed to be aware of this option that is so basic and helpful.

I am using the PNY 500gb now to download half a dozen or so video games in my Steam account.

At a guess, Lenovo support is telling you what the largest drive is that they sold the laptop with. They may not officially support anything larger.

Where I purchased this laptop on Amazon, there was every size available, 128, 256, 512, 1TB, and 2TB.
I chose the 128 so I could purchase a 1TB ssd by Samsung instead of having 1TB generic ssd and paying quite a bit extra.

I just never expected there would be a limit on the size for upgrading, unless of course, it is a problem because of the heatsink.
The only issue I'd expect with a heatsink is having the drive not fit in the laptop. I haven't checked the details for your Lenovo laptop, I admit. If the drive (with heatsink) was too thick, I can't imagine how you could have missed that on installation. Regardless, you could have saved a few dollars and bought a 990 Pro with no heatsink.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
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