How to Replace Laptop Hard Drive in Windows 7/8/10?

October 30, 2018

This article will show you the reason of replace laptop hard drive and the specific steps of replacing laptop hard drive.

Why you need to replace laptop hard drive?

As it is known, a computer hard drive is one of the main storage media of a computer and consists of one or more discs made of aluminum or glass. The disc is covered with a ferromagnetic material. Generally, hard disks can be divided into solid state drives (SSD disks, new hard disks), mechanical hard disks (HDD, traditional hard disks), and hybrid hard disks (HDD, a new hard disk based on a traditional mechanical hard disk). Sometimes, you may find that the original drive of your laptop is failing, and you may want to replace the hard drive with a new one. If you need more storage, replace the hard drive with a bigger one can be a good choice. Besides, you can achieve the purpose of speeding boost by replacing the hard drive.

The best tool for laptop hard drive replacement

For most people, the job of data migration about replace hard drive is complicated and cumbersome. A little carelessness can lead to the loss of important data. To replace laptop hard drive, you may need a third party software which can help you replacing laptop hard drive with SSD or HDD in Windows 7/8/10. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a powerful software which provides you many useful features like resize/move/delete/create partition, format partition, rebuild MBR and so on. It has a Disk Copy Wizard, which can help you migrate the data on the old hard drive to the new hard drive. Thus, you can replace laptop hard drive without data loss.

How to replace laptop hard drive in Windows 7/8/10?

Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to replace laptop hard drive, you need to make following preparation work:

  • Pick up right new hard drive. You have to ensure that the new hard drive (SSD or HDD) will be suitable for your laptop before you purchase it.

  • Connect the new hard drive to your laptop, and make sure it can be detected.

After that, follow the guide below:

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Your partition information will be displayed on the main interface. Find the new hard drive and right click it to choose “Copy Disk”.

Disk Copy

Step 2. In the pop-up window, select the disk copy method you need and click “Next” to continue.

Select Disk Copy Method

  • Copy Disk Quickly: the target disk could be smaller than source disk but must larger than used space.

  • Sector-by-Sector Copy: the target disk must be equal or large than the source disk.

Step 3. After that, you should select the destination disk (here is your new hard drive). Tick the option “Optimize the performance of SSD” if the selected destination disk is an SSD storage, then click “Next”. (All the partitions and data on the destination disk will be wiped out, if you have important data on it, you’d better backup the data in advance.)

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In the next window, you can adjust partition size in your need. Then, click “Next” > “Finish”.

Edit Disk

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

“Fit partitions to entire disk”: means 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. After that, it will back to the main interface. Preview the partition information on the destination disk and click “Apply” > “Proceed” after your confirmation.

Apply Proceed

(PS.: You can also clone bootable hard drive with this method.)

After these simple steps, you can replace laptop hard drive easily in Windows 7/8/10 with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant. If you want to migrate OS from MBR to GPT SSD or HDD, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro.