How to Replace Laptop HDD with SSD drive in Windows 10/8/7?

July 31, 2019

If you want to replace laptop HDD with SSD, or upgrade laptop HDD to SSD, you can directly clone the entire hard drive to SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional in Windows 10/8/7.

Can I replace SSD with HDD in laptop?

"Hi, people, I have a laptop with a 1 TB traditional hard drive where the Windows 10 is installed. I am only using about 300GB. The HDD is old and the Windows always takes a long time to boot up, so I am planning to replace laptop HDD with SSD drive. But I don’t want to perform a clean install on the SSD, so is there any way to replace hard drive with SSD without reinstalling everything? Thanks."

A disk cloning tool can help

If your Windows laptop takes a long time to boot up, that's more likely because it runs on a traditional hard disk drive. In this case, it is a wise choice to upgrade the HDD to a Solid State Drive, which will make your machine run much faster. But if the hassle of reinstalling Windows operating system, all of your programs and tweaking all the settings make you step back, don’t worry, since a powerful disk cloning tool called AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can help you obviate all the troubles.

This software can clone an entire HDD to SSD to migrate all data including Windows to SSD drive. This way makes upgrading HDD to SSD simple, and you don't need to reinstall everything. Besides, it can even allow users to copy only a part of a disk (a specific partition) to another hard drive. If you want to copy Windows partition to SSD or HDD, you can make use of its Migrate OS to SSD Wizard.

How to replace laptop HDD with SSD step by step?

Now, you can download the AOMEI Partition Professional Demo version and learn how to replace hard drive with SSD in laptop.

Make preparation:

  • Choose a proper SSD drive based on disk size, interface and thickness for your laptop. And connect it to your laptop via a SATA-to-USB or adapter, don’t forget to make sure it is detected by your computer.

  • Back up necessary data on the SSD drive since the cloning operation will wipe all data on the disk.

  • Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional and follow below steps

Step 1. In the main interface of the disk cloning software, right click the target HDD (here we choose the disk 1) and select "Copy Disk".

Copy Disk

Step 2. In the subsequent window, two different disk copying methods are offered, choose one according to your requirements and click "Next".

Copy Disk Quickly


  • "Copy Disk Quickly" will copy only used space to another disk, with which you can clone large HDD to small SSD.

  • "Sector by Sector Copy" is to copy every sector, no matter it is used or unused, to another disk, which requires the destination disk must be equal or larger than the source disk.

Step 3. Now, select the SSD drive as the destination disk and you can tick "Optimize the performance of SSD". Then click "Next" to continue.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In this window, you can edit partitions on the SSD drive if you choose "Copy Disk Quickly" in step 2, otherwise you are not allowed to do that. Also, you can keep the defaults and hit on "Next".

Edit Disk

Step 5. Finally, click "Apply" and then "Proceed" on the main interface to actually clone HDD to SSD.


Warning: If the source disk is MBR while the target disk is GPT as shown in the above instruction, you need to ensure your motherboard support UEFI boot mode, since you will have to change boot mode from BIOS to UEFI after cloning, otherwise your Windows will not boot up successfully. And the reverse is also true.

Final Words

Here is how to replace laptop HDD with SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Moreover, if you want to erase SSD drive, restore SSD performance to a peak level, or convert boot disk between MBR and GPT partition styles without losing data, this disk cloning software can also satisfy you.