Today I upgraded the base 256 GB SSD (2.5 mm) on my Thinkpad T460 to a 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO.

It took me a few google searches to learn how to make the transition. In the end, I used Tuxboot to make a bootable Clonezilla USB drive, and then GParted to resize my partition. Here’s what I did step-by-step:

  1. Connect your new SSD via USB. I used a StarTech cable from Amazon.
  2. Download Tuxboot (from the SourceForce Repo).
  3. Extract and install Tuxboot.
    • I needed to run apt-get install libqt4-dev, apt-get install mtools, and then ./INSTALL.
  4. Run sudo ./tuxboot to run the tuxboot GUI. On the first line, select “On-Line Distribution” and “clonezilla_live_stable”, connect an empty USB drive, select that drive on the last line, and click “OK”.
  5. After tuxboot makes a bootable clonezilla USB, boot from that USB.
  6. Follow the disk-to-disk clone tutorial from on the Clonezilla website.
  7. After restarting, download Gparted with sudo apt-get gparted. Follow the instructions in the GUI to resize the new disk to the full ~950 GB.
  8. Physically install the new SSD, and you should be good to go!