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Best way to add SSD to Pavilion 590-p0066 desktop

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Hi. I read an older link on how to do this upgrade, but have a few questions.  I am new to computer modifications and apologize if my questions are basic.   In the thread, Grzwacz had a fantastic solution to add an SSD to the slot where an optane card could go (mine does not have any optane installed).   Based on an article, I am planning to buy a Samsung 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB PCle Gen3. X4, NVMe 1.3 V-NAND 3-bit MLC SSD, which should fit in the slot.  Questions:  Do I have to clone the existing Hard Drive to the new SSD?  If so, do I do it after installing the SSD?   Do I then clear the original drive?  How?  Sorry to find this confusing.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  

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@Ozzy2615 HP does not recommend or support upgrading the device, however, if you wish to proceed, you may do so at your own discretion, that said, I personally recommend you backup all your personal data on an external storage device or on cloud before making hardware changes, to be on a safer side, as we don't recommend cloning either, instead, you could make use of the HP recovery manager once you've added the SSD, or just use it as an extended storage with the existing OS.


Although, personally I would suggest you check with a local tech store before purchasing anything, to be on a safer side.


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Your going to have installation issue, you might want to read this.

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You will need to purchase a USB adapter for a M.2 NVME 2280 drive so you can clone it outside the case.  That way you can have a working clone before you insert your new drive and disconnect your old boot drive. Reboot and it should auto find your new boot drive. If not boot into your bios as change the boot sequence. 

I decided not to do this as the SATA SSD is good enough for now for me.

EZGIG does not make a solution (or anyone that I can tell with hardware and cables) for this and you will need third party software to pull it off and a m.2 NVME to USB adapter.

You can also clone your drive internally with EZGIG. I have never done this so let us know if you live through the process. 

Just verified you do an internal clone. Just clone your boot drive onto the M.2 NVME drive with EZGIG, shut down your computer and unplug your old boot drive. Start and it should boot on your new NVME.  Plug up your old drive and reformat it of remove it for a spare boot drive (better option). 


Not sure it's worth the effort over a SSD.


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