Clone HDD to SSD For Windows 7 Laptop

September 26, 2016

This article will show you how to clone HDD to SSD for Windows 7 laptop, as well as for Windows 10/8.1/8 in two ways.

Advantages of SSD

Is it necessary to clone HDD to SSD for Windows 7 Laptop? Well, Solid State Drive, or SSD for short, certainly takes over the role of Hard Disk Drive (HDD) nowadays as the primary storage medium. There are some good reasons to swap your hard drive for an SSD. For example, a new SSD is about five times fast as a hard drive, which means your operating system, applications, etc will start much faster than before. On the other hand, it has no moving parts that might break if you happen to drop your laptop.

How to clone?

Now, here are two methods available to clone HDD to SSD for Windows 7 laptop. One is using Windows built-in tool, another is using AOMEI Partition Assistant. Choose one based on your demands.

  • Through Windows built-in tool

Process of clone HDD to SSD in Windows 7 can be concluded as follows:

1. Move data off any non-OS partitions from HDD and delete them.

2. Shrink volume of OS partition with Disk Management in order to fit SSD.

3. Migrate Windows 7 to SSD by creating a system image.

4. Restore the image.

5. Set up the new drive.

However, if the process fails, it means the shrunken partition still not small enough so you have to go back to Step 1 and uninstall more applications. Then, clone again, which is time-consuming indeed. What’s worse, the whole operation would be some kind of difficult to people who are not good at computers. By this token, the second approach is recommended.

  • Through AOMEI Partition Assistant

With AOMEI Partition Assistant, you don’t have to edit partitions and clone OS/disk, etc via several different software anymore. Because AOMEI will provide you many advanced features for a centralized disk/partition management. Let’s see how to clone HDD to SSD for Windows 7 laptop with this easy-to-use software. By the way, it supports Windows 10/8.1/8 too.

1. Connect SSD to your laptop and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant.

2. Right click the old hard drive and select “Copy Disk”. The “Disk Copy Wizard” on the left side works the same.

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3. In the pop-up window, employ an appropriate copy method. You’re suggest to keep the default one because only in this way can you clone old hard drive to a smaller SSD.

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4. Choose SSD as the target disk. Don’t forget to tick the small box down there to optimize the performance of SSD.

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5. In this step, you’re able to edit partition size if you need. Anyway, AOMEI Partition Assistant enables you to resize partition easily at any time.

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6. Please read this note carefully and there’s a link teaching users how to boot computer from destination disk after you clone HDD to SSD for Windows 7 laptop.


7. It will turn back to the main window when you click “Finish”. You may redo anything before clicking “Apply” for final execution.


Since this process involves system boot partition, the operation will be completed under PreOS Mode.