By Bryce / Last Updated September 6, 2019

Scenario

“Recently, I’m rather bothered by the 'low disk space warning' always appearing on my existing hard disk drive. To get rid of such annoying warning, I plan to replace it with larger one, but I don’t want to reinstall everything on the new purchased HDD. I have realized that the simplest way is to copy HDD to HDD. Is any advice about dick copy tool and how to handle this tool?”

Find trusted hard disk drive cloning software

With so much hard drive cloning software, it is not easy to pick up a proper one. Thus, the important criteria are listed as follows for you to refer to:

  • Reliable: A qualified disk cloning tool should be capable of cloning your original hard disk drive entirely. If some partitions related with system are not cloned, you won’t be able to boot computer from the target disk.

  • Effective: Great disk cloning software can clone hard drive to hard drive as soon as possible. Long process of cloning will only exhaust your patience.

  • Flexible: Attractive drive copy software shall be able to satisfying different copying methods like cloning to smaller drive or clone only one partition on the disk.

  • Intuitive: A good HDD copy tool cloning software should own intuitive and simple operating interface. For users, especially non-tech user, the more concise an interface, the easier it is to use.

Based on all the above standards, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a nice choice. It can clone all partitions, including hidden partitions like recovery partition on one disk to another; it is with fairly simple GUI, enabling non-tech users to operate it straightforwardly; it allows you to clone HDD to HDD or SSD of different sizes. What’s more, it permits you to clone partition and migrate OS to HDD or SSD.

How to copy HDD to larger HDD within few clicks?

:Before drive copy, you should have done these preparations:
● Connect the new HDD to your computer and make sure that it can be detected. If the machine is a laptop and has no second disk bay, a SATA-to-USB cable is required to connect HDD to the laptop.
It is recommended to clean up your hard drive to shorten cloning time and improve efficiency.
● Enter Disk Management and initialize the new disk as the same type as the disk that you want to clone.


Then, free download this hard drive cloning software and check out the steps listed as follows.

Step 1. Fire up AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click "All Tools" and "Disk Clone Wizard". In the pop-up window, choose one way to clone your HDD. The first one is recommended.

Copy Methods

  • Clone Disk quickly”- only the used space on the source disk will be copied to the target disk. This way permits you to clone hard drive to smaller one and adjust partition size on the destination disk (The size of target disk should be not smaller than the size of used space). Normally, this way shall be your first choice.

  • Sector-by-Sector Clone”- all the sectors including deleted or lost files will be cloned to the destination disk. This way might take longer time than the first way. The capacity of target disk has to larger than or equal to the capacity of source disk.

Step 2. Choose your source disk.

Source Disk

Step 3. Choose your destination disk.

Target One

PS.: When cloning HDD to SSD, it is recommended to check Optimzied the performance of SSD for better SSD's performance.

Step 4. Make decision to select one among three copy options: “Clone without resizing partitions”, “Fit partitions to enter disk” and “Edit partitions on the disk”.

Edit

Step 5. Here you return to the main interface, confirm the operation and click “Apply”>“Proceed” to implement disk cloning.

Apply

Step 6. After cloning, can remove old HDD or enter BIOS to change boot priority to boot from cloned disk.

Notes:

  • Please don’t format or wipe the original HDD before confirm that the operating system can boot from the new HDD.

  • When cloning HDD to larger HDD and there is unallocated space on the destination hard drive, you can create partition with the unallocated space or add the unallocated disk space to the partition that you want to extend.

  • For cloning system HDD, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports MBR to MBR clone; if you need to clone MBR system disk to GPT one or GPT to MBR/GPT , please upgrade to Professional version. For cloning data disk, AOME Partition Assistant Standard supports MBR/GPT to MBR/GPT.

Conclusion

Intend to upgrade HDD to larger one as the scenario described or want a copy for the original one to protect data? For whatever purpose, cloning hard drive to hard drive will not be a bad choice. And it is obviously that AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help you to copy HDD to HDD within extremely simple five steps.

Apart from disk copy, this software can help you to manage disk and partition conveniently. For example, when C drive is full, you can use it to add non-contiguous unallocated space to it.