I apologize if this is a stupid question.
Iv been window-shopping on the framework website for a few months now and am getting ready to place a preorder for the 13, how does upgrading storage work?
I would not call myself an enthusiast, just someone who is tired of failing laptops that I can’t fix without a degree in electrical engineering. If I bought a 500gb SSD when configuring, how easy (or difficult) would it be to upgrade my storage? How do you safely transfer the data, would I need to install Windows all over again?
Sorry again for what is most certainly a dumb question.
It’s a bit of a project, but not too bad. Mostly takes a long time to copy all the data, depending on drive size. I’ve done this upgrade with a USB nvme enclosure and free software (I think I ended up using the free version of Macrium Reflect)
The steps are basically:
- Put new SSD in the USB enclosure
- Connect USB to laptop
- Use software to copy the entire contents (every partition and data from each) from the internal SSD to the USB SSD. There should be a setting to expand one of the partitions to fit the new space.
- Swap SSDs between USB and internal
- (Optional) format old ssd and repurpose, after verifying the new ssd is working in the laptop
Alternately, you could install windows on the new drive after installing it, and use a usb enclosure to copy data off your old drive. This works great for files, not so much for applications, which need reinstalled/set up. I don’t do this because I have too many things that are extremely annoying to install and activate