Detailed Guide to Upgrade Laptop Hard Drive to SSD

November 1, 2017

You can upgrade your laptop hard drive to SSD with the best cloning software-AOMEI Partition Assistant effectively and securely. This article will show you a detailed guide to perform this task.

The reasons to upgrade laptop hard drive to SSD

Nowadays, more and more computer users would like to upgrade hard drive to SSD (solid sate drive). The reasons are concluded as follows:

For faster read-write speed: Applying flash memory as storage medium and without the action to seek, SSD’s read-writing speed is quicker than HDD.

For data safety: As SSD is without any movable mechanical part, it does not fear collision, impact and vibration. Thus, the possibility of data loss is low when laptop accidently drops or collides with hard matter.

For better using experience: Without mechanical motor and fan, the noise value is 0 when SSD is working. What’s more, a majority of SSDs are able to operate at -10-70 degree Celsius. Great properties of SSD bring better experience for computer users.

How to replace laptop hard drive with SSD?

For all above mentioned, we can realize that upgrading laptop hard drive is helpful to users.

To replace laptop hard drive with SSD, you need to make following preparation work:

  • Choose right SSD. You have to ensure that the SSD will be suitable for your laptop before you purchase it.

  • Connect the SSD to your laptop through external enclosure. Electro-Static discharge wrist strap and small screwdriver are necessary. If the laptop has only one disk bay, you need connect the SSD to your laptop via USB-to-SATA cable.

  • Many SSDs are along with data migration software, such as Intel SSD and Samsung SSD. If you have brought such SSD, you can clone hard drive to SSD with the software along with SSD. Otherwise, it is wise for you to applying AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Clone hard drive to SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant in Windows 10/8/7

To clone hard drive to SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you shall install it at first. Then, you can launch it. The specific steps to clone HDD to SSD are presented in next content:

Step 1: Click “Disk Copy” or “Disk Copy Wizard” and choose proper disk copy method in following pop-up window. Then, click “Next”.

There are two laptop disk copy ways for you to choose:

Copy Disk Quickly-As only the used space of the disk is cloned, this way is quicker. And this way permit you to adjust partition size during the copy process; the space of target disk can be smaller than the source disk’s, but have to be larger than the used space of source disk.

Sector-by-Sector Copy–Copy all sectors of destination disk, in spite that whether it is used or not. The capacity of target disk has to be equal to or larger than the source disk’s.

Choose Disk Copy Way

Step 2: Select the disk that you want to copy (here is “Disk 1”). Then, Click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3: Choose the destination disk that you want to copy the source disk to. Click “Next”.

PS: Tick the box before “Align partition to optimize for SSD” to improve the new SSD’s performance if the target disk is SSD.

fSelect Destination Disk

Click “Yes” in pop-up window.

Copy Disk

Step 4: You can adjust partition size in following window. (There are three options for you to choose.) Then, click “Next”.

Resize Partition

Step 5: Confirm the pending operation and click “Apply”.

Confirm Copy Disk

Select “Yes” to restart your computer, so the operation can be completed in the PreOS Mode.

Restart Your Computer


  • In few cases, computer may not boot from destination disk. If you meet this problem, you can disconnect the source disk from laptop or exchange the socket of target disk and source disk. Then, boot the computer from target disk.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant is comprehensive disk cloning software. It can clone hard drive to SSD or HDD in Windows 10/8/7, Window XP and Windows Vista.

  • Apart from cloning feature, AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good partition manager as well. It allows users to resize/move, merge, split, format partition and so on.

Some tips to optimize SSD in Windows 10/8/7

After upgrading laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows 10/8/7, you may need to know some measures to optimize SSD to get better performance of it.

Set SATA controller to AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode. If your system running in IDE mode. You shall change SATA controller mode to ACHI as ACHI mode supports NCQ (Native Command Queuing) that is very important for SSD performance.

Leave some free space of SSD. Keep 25% or more free space of SSD to get better and more stable performance.

Align SSD partition. As you know, SSD adopt the smallest 4k sector in file system to save data. When 4k sector is not aligned, the performance of SSD will be affected. Thus, it is reasonable to align partition on SSD. You can also use AOMEI Partition Assistant professional that help users to upgrade laptop hard drive to SSD to complete this task.

Disable Superfetch. As Superfetch wastes a great number of times, you can disable it by following steps: press windows +R< enter services.msc < find Superfetch < disable Superfetch.

Confirm Trim is enabled. For SSD, trim is an important feature that can improve SSD’s read- write ability and decrease delay. To check whether this function is available, press Windows + R< enter “fsuti behavior query DisableDeleteNotify”. If it shows “DisableDeleteNotify = 0”,trim is enabled; if “DisableDeleteNotify = 1”shows, trim is disabled.