How to Replace a Hard Drive in Dell Laptop without Reinstalling?

April 4, 2019

If you need to replace a hard drive in a Dell laptop or desktop without reinstalling Windows and other applications, it is a wise choice to clone Dell hard drive to SSD or HDD.

Want to replace Dell Inspiron laptop hard drive

“I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with 500GB hard disk drive and it is running Windows 10. Now, I want to replace it with a SSD to improve boot and reading & writing speed. The problem is that I don’t want to reinstall my Windows operating system and all other applications on the newly purchased SSD. So can you tell me how to replace a hard drive in a Dell laptop with SSD without reinstalling?”

Employ disk cloning software

It is rather simple to complete Dell laptop hard drive replacement without reinstallation. You can apply disk cloning software to clone hard drive to SSD, transferring all data on the current hard drive to destination one.

If SSD comes with cloning software like Samsung Data Migration software, you can use it to move all data on old hard drive to SSD. When SSD has no cloning software or its built-in cloning software not working, you can turn to a comprehensive and reliable third party cloning software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to clone entire Dell hard drive (Recovery partition is included) to SSD or HDD with different sizes in Windows 7/8/10, XP or Vista. Beside, with concise and user-friendly interface, it is very easy to handle.

Replace Dell laptop hard drive without reinstallation

Now let’s see how to replace a hard drive in a Dell laptop without reinstallation under AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

Preparation works:

  • Choose a proper SSD or HDD: SSDs or HDDs have different disk size, interface and thickness. You should pick up a HDD or SSD that is compatible with your Dell laptop. And the capacity of the destination disk should not be smaller than the used space on current hard drive.

  • Shut off Dell laptop and connect destination disk to it. For connecting disk, a SATA-to-USB cable or adapter might be necessary.

  • Free Download this disk cloning software – AOME Partition Assistant Standard and install it step by step.

Step 1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. In the main user interface, click Disk Copy.

Disk Copy

Step 2. It pops a window where you can choose a method to copy Dell hard drive (Here I choose Copy Disk Quickly) and then click Next.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Disk 1 has been selected as source disk by default. Here choose your target disk. If target disk is SSD, check the option Optimize the performance for SSD to align SSD partitions. Then, click Next.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Here you can edit partition size if you want; then, click Next.

Edit Disk

Read the Note about how to boot from destination disk carefully and click Finish.

Note

Step 5. In main console, click Apply and Proceed to execute your operation after confirmation.

Apply

After cloning Dell hard drive successfully, you can replace hard drive with cloned SSD or HDD and boot from it.

Notes:

  • If there are necessary files on the destination disk, you should better backup these files in advance as this operation will erase all data on it.

  • When target disk is too small to hold all data on current hard drive, you can uninstall unnecessary application and delete unwanted files at first; or you can choose to migrate OS drive only to SSD/HDD.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports cloning MBR to MBR disk, for MBR to GPT, GPT to GPT or GPT to MBR, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Conclusion

It is easy to achieve Dell hard drive replacement without reinstallation through cloning disk to disk via a powerful cloning tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant. In fact, as all-round software, it can help you to solve lots of problems. For example, it allows you to merge non-unallocated space into system drive if the C drive is almost full; it allows you to create Windows bootable media, so that you can boot OS-corrupted computer from the created bootable media.