“Hello, I am looking into buying a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD drive and then move my games partition from the current HDD to it to enjoy better experience. Right now the saved games are occupying about 100 GB of 350 GB space. I still don’t know how to perform it and what’s the free and best utility to clone a single partition to SSD, so anyone can help me! Thanks in advance!”
Free & Best software to clone partition to SSD drive
Cloning partition to Solid State Drive is a process of migrating a part of entire disk to the SSD drive. It is an effective way to release more available space on the source disk, make a data backup to avoid data loss someday, or migrate all files on a specific partition from one disk to another more quickly than copying files one by one. But the Windows is not equipped with such tools to copy partition, so a third-party cloning utility is required.
Here, to save your time and energy, we would like to recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is free, powerful and compatible with all versions of Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. It can not only copy any data partition to SSD/HDD, but also clone boot partition from MBR disk to MBR disk. If you plan to clone Windows partition from MBR to GPT, GPT to GPT, or GPT to MBR disk, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.
Steps of cloning partition to SSD in Windows 10/8/7
Now, you can download the free partition cloning software and take the below steps to clone partition to SSD.
Attention: since only unallocated space can be chosen as target location, please ensure that the destination SSD drive has such space or you can delete or shrink an existing partition to get one first.
Step 1. Connect your SSD to the Windows computer and make sure it is detected successfully. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
Step 2. In its main interface, right click the partition you want to copy to SSD drive and select “Copy Partition”.
Step 3. In this window, choose a proper copying method according to your requirements.
>> Copy Partition Quickly: this method only copies the used space of the partition, and you can resize partition during the copy process. It allows the unallocated space to be smaller than the entire source partition size, but must be larger than its used space.
>> Sector-by-Sector Copy: this method will copy every sector of the partition to another disk, no matter the sector is used or not. So it requires the unallocated space size to be larger than, at least equal to, the entire source partition size.
Step 4. Now, choose the SSD drive as the destination space, and you can tick “Optimize the performance of SSD”, which can help optimize SSD performance.
Step 5. Here you can change partition size on the SSD drive if you choose “Copy Partition Quickly” in step 3. Then click “Finish” to go on.
Step 6. Then you will return to the main interface, where you can see the cloned partition on the SSD drive. Click “Apply” to commit the pending operation and wait for it to complete.
See? With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, it can be easy as a pie to clone partition to SSD in Windows 10/8/7. Besides, it also allows you to clone an entire disk to another new one, and even clone larger disk to smaller disk. Its Professional edition comes with much more advanced features such as getting back lost partition, allocating free space from one partition to another and so on.