How to Ghost Hard Drive to SSD in Windows 10/8/7?

November 13, 2018

This article will show you the reason of ghost hard drive to SSD and the specific steps of ghost hard drive to SSD in Windows 10/8/7.


“Recently, I bought a new SSD. I need to ghost the old hard drive to the new SSD, but don’t know how to do it. I tried many tutorials on ghost hard drive to SSD on the Internet, but all failed. I think it may be that I am not working properly. So, Is there any suggestions of ghosting hard drive to SSD? What should I do?”

Why you need to ghost hard drive to SSD?

As we all know, if the hard drive is used for a long time, its available space will be smaller and the computer will run slower. At this time, you’d better replace your hard drive to a new one. If the new hard drive is an SSD with no operating system on it, your computer will not boot. How to solve this problem? Install an operating system to the new hard drive? But you may find that will cost a lot of time to install the system. Fortunately, you can ghost the hard drive to the new SSD.

Generally speaking, to ghost hard drive to SSD means to migrate data from one hard drive to another hard drive. And after this cloning operation, the SSD can contain the exactly data as the old hard drive. That is to say, disk cloning also can be a way of backing up system and data. If you use the traditional method copy and paste, you will spend a lot of time on it. But the method cloning hard drive to SSD can be relatively spend less of your time. You don’t need to reinstall the operating system and the programs on the SSD after the ghosting operation, and you can also boot from the new disk normally.

How to ghost hard drive to SSD?

How to ghost hard drive to SSD easily? You can turn to a third party hard drive ghosting software to do this operation. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is highly recommended. It is a powerful software which provides you many powerful features like Disk Copy. With the help of this function, you can ghost your hard drive to SSD very conveniently in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP as well as Windows Vista. The following example will show you the specific steps of ghost hard drive to SSD in Windows 7:

First of all, you should connect the SSD to your computer, and make sure it can be detected.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the disk you want to ghost and select “Copy Disk”.

Copy Disk

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose a copy method. Here we choose “Copy Disk Quickly”, then click “Next” to continue.

Select Disk Copy Method

* Copy Disk Quickly:Only the used space of the hard drive will be cloned to another one; it is possible to adjust partition size during the copy process.

Sector-by-Sector Copy:All sectors of the hard drive will be copied to another one.

Step 3. In the next window, select the destination disk (here is your SSD), tick “Optimize the performance of SSD” box and click “Next”. If the SSD has partitions, a warning message will come out. Select “Yes” or “No” to change the condition according to your personal condition.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. After that, you can adjust the partition size on the destination disk in your need. And click “Next” > "Finish" to continue.

Edit Disk

* “Copy without resizing partition”:keeping the size of source partitions.

“Fit partitions to entire disk”: the program automatically adjusts the size of partition to fit the entire disk.

“Edit partitions on this disk”:means resizing partition size on the disk by you.

Step 5. Then, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the changes and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to complete this operation.

Apply Proceed


If you want to apply AOMEI Partition Assistant on Server, you can upgrade it to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.


With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, you can ghost hard drive to SSD easily and effectively in Windows 10/8/7. AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro can be the best hard drive ghosting software. Besides copy disk, it also provides you many other powerful functions like Resize/Delete/Create Partition, Partition Copy, Rebuild MBR, Change Drive Letter, Wipe hard drive, SSD Secure Erase and so on. And you can also migrate OS to new hard drive with this tool too.