“So I just got my SSD in the mail but sadly my dad (who recommended it and was going to help me install it) isn't going to be home for the holidays. I wanna give it a shot myself though, though it'll be my first time. Do you guys know how can I transfer my data from old HDD to new SSD? Also can I keep the hard drive in my computer for additional storage? Thanks a lot!”—from tomshardware.com
Better to clone HDD to SSD drive
When it comes to how to transfer data from HDD to SSD drive, most users might first of all think about “copy & paste”, which is a traditional way for moving data between different hard drives. That would work for a small amount data, but for large amount of data, that method is not advised since it will take lots of time, most importantly, some system files will be inaccessible after pasted into SSD and then the system can’t boot properly.
So, you need to take a special measure: cloning entire HDD to SSD drive, which can move all data on the HDD to the Solid State Drive including the operating system or customized applications.
Best tool to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7
To clone HDD to SSD drive for data migration purpose in all versions of Windows 10/8/7, you can make use of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. This tool can help you copy HDD to SSD in two different methods:
>>Copy Disk Quickly: only copy the used space to another disk, so you can copy a larger disk to a smaller disk in this method.
>>Sector-by-Sector Copy: copy all sectors of the disk to a target disk no matter it is used or not. This method can copy the deleted or lost files.
No matter which method you choose, you can optimize the SSD performance in the disk cloning operation. Now please download the Demo version and learn how to transfer data from HDD to SSD through cloning method.
>> Connect the destination SSD drive to a Windows computer and make sure it is detected successfully.
>> Back up everything you need on the SSD drive since all data will be deleted from it during the cloning process.
>> You can delete some unnecessary files or applications from the HDD in advance to make it smaller to fit the target SSD drive better.
Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, click the disk (here we choose disk 1, the system disk) you want to copy and select "Copy Disk".
Step 2. In this window, choose a suitable copying method based on your special requirements. Then click “Next” to continue.
Step 3. Select the SSD drive as the destination disk. And tick the “Optimize the performance of SSD” option at the bottom, which can improve the performance of your SSD. Click “Next”.
Step 4. Now, you can edit your destination disk in this window if you choose “Copy Disk Quickly” method in step 2.
Step 5. In the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to execute the operation.
>>Since this operation involves the system disk, a reboot is required after it is done.
>> If you are planning to clone system MBR disk to GPT SSD drive, you need to ensure your motherboard supports EFI/UEFI boot mode, or you can first convert GPT into MBR before cloning.
This is how to transfer data from HDD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7 via cloning an entire disk. Besides that, AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro also allows you to clone a single partition to SSD. If you want to clone the Windows partition to SSD, you can try its “Migrate OS to SSD Wizard”, which can migrate only OS drive to SSD drive.