Clone Dell Hard Drive to SSD in Few Clicks [without Reinstallation]

December 24, 2018

Learn how to clone Dell hard drive to SSD in Windows with secure boot, so that you can upgrade hard drive to SSD on Dell laptop or desktop without Windows and applications reinstallation.

Want to replace Dell Hard drive with SSD

“I have a dell computer and it comes with a 500GB hard drive that contains Windows 10. Now I want to replace the hard drive with a newly bought SSD. I don’t want to make a fresh install for Windows and all other applications. But how can I transfer all content including OS to new SSD?”

You can clone hard drive to SSD on Dell computer

Cloning Dell hard drive to SSD is the easiest way to transfer all data and Windows OS to SSD. By cloning, you can upgrade Dell hard drive to SSD without reinstalling OS and all applications. Well, how to copy hard drive to SSD on Dell laptop or desktop?

A compressive and professional cloning software

Sometimes, your recently purchased SSD is along with data migration software, such as Intel Data Migration software, Samsung Data Migration software and so on. In such condition, you can perform disk copy via built-in cloning tool. If the new SSD has no such tool or the tool is not working, a reliable and powerful 3rd party hard drive cloning software for Windows 10/8/7, XP and Vista – AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is recommended.

It allows you to clone entire Dell hard drive covering OEM recovery partition to SSD/HDD with two copy methods: Sector-by-Sector Copy and Copy Disk Quickly. The first way clones all sectors on the old hard drive to SSD, requiring that the capacity of SSD larger than the capacity of old hard drive. If your SSD’s storage space is smaller than the old disk’s, you should choose the second way, which only clone used space on the source disk, allowing you to clone hard drive to smaller SSD, if the capacity of SSD is not smaller than the used space on the hard drive.

How to perform Dell hard drive to SSD copy?

To duplicate Dell hard drive to SSD with secure boot, in the first place, you should connect the SSD to your Dell computer and make sure that it can be detected by the OS. For Dell laptop, a USB-to-SATA cable might be necessary. Then, have a look at how it works:

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. In the main console, click Disk Copy Wizard, choose one between two copy ways in the pop-up window and click Next.

Clone Hard Drive to SSD

Step 2. Select the current Windows hard drive as your source disk and click on Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Choose the new SSD as your destination disk, check Optimize the performance of SSD.. to align SSD partitions and click Next.

Select SSD

Step 4. In this window, you can adjust the partition size on target SSD. Then, click on Next button.


Step 5. Here you can see a Note saying how to boot from the cloned disk after cloning, please read it carefully and remember it. Then, click Finish.


Step 6. In the main interface, you can review the result of cloning hard drive to SSD. If you are satisfied, click Apply and Proceed to execute the operation.



  • A reboot is needed as this operation will be performed under PreOS environment.

  • It is also available to clone OS partition only to SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

  • All data on the target disk will be erased. If you want to keep the files on the destination one, you can back up it using AOMEI Backupper before cloning.

Follow-up work of cloning

After cloning Dell hard drive to SSD, you can keep your original hard drive as storage and SSD for OS if the Dell computer is with more than one drive bays. To do so, you need to enter BIOS to set SSD as the priority in boot order. If you clone GPT to MBR disk or MBR to disk, you need to change boot mode as well. After you boot system from SSD successfully, you can format the old hard drive to free up space. If the computer owns only one drive bay, locate the old HDD and replace it with cloned SSD.