When and how to clone HDD to SSD?
HDD is short for Hard Disk Drive, and SSD stands for Solid-State Drive, both of the two disks are commonly used and do the same job: they boot the system, store the applications, and store the personal files. But each type of storage has its own unique set, SSD, for example, is much faster in speed and more reliable in durability, so SSD is used as system disk more often. And sometimes, people need to clone OS from HDD to SSD to keep the system and data safe.
Usually, SSD is smaller than HDD and people used to clone HDD to SSD with Windows’ built-in utility, but that could never be easy and you have to do operations as below:
1. Move data off any non-OS partitions from OS HDD and delete these partitions.
2. Shrink the OS partition to fit the new SSD.
3. Make an image of the OS partition to an external HDD.
4. Install the new SSD.
5. Restore the OS image from the external HDD.
6. Resize the OS partition to fill the SSD capacity.
7. Have Windows re-rate the OS drive so it recognizes it as an SSD.
Clone HDD to SSD on Windows could be a complicated and tedious process and people were finding ways, and hopefully find a method or software that may help them clone OS from HDD to SSD with ease and no expenses. Then, is there a way we can do this? The answer is yes and you may use AOMEI Partition Assistant and AOMEI Backupper both of them are powerful and free of charge.
Clone HDD to SSD with AOMEI software
1.AOMEI Partition Assistant: It is a professional OS cloning and partitioning software which allows you to clone OS from HDD to SSD with data safe and system bootable. It is easy to handle even for green hand and there are two partition copy methods:
- Copy Partition Quickly
- Sector-by-Sector Copy
The screenshots of AOMEI Partition Assistant:
The "Copy Partition Quickly" feature allows you to clone OS to new SSD quickly, that’s really convenient and comfortable. You may learn the details about clone OS to new hard drive.
2.AOMEI Backupper: This one is another powerful software developed by AOMEI Tech, to clone OS from HDD to SSD, please click "Clone" - "Partition Clone" - select ths OS partition as source and your SSD as destination.
This software also allows you to backup operating system and clone the image from HDD to a new SSD. The pictures below are screenshots of AOMEI Backupper: