Best Software to Clone Disk to Smaller SSD in Windows 7/8/10

October 17, 2017

This disk clone utility will show you how to clone disk with bad sectors to larger or smaller disk like Kingston or Samsung SSD containing hidden partition and bootable drive.

Why you clone disk?

If you buy a new computer and you want to reinstall the OS on the new disk, it is necessary for you to redeploy all the software and rebuild the personal configurations. What's more, the applications on the previous drive may refuse to run on the new one, for it is lack of old Windows registry. Thus, it is a big headache for you to transfer the operating system to new hard drive. In this case, you may want to know how to make the new computer run smoothly. By asking your friends, the best way is to copy hard drive with powerful clone disk utility. However, it is a much complicated process to clone hard drive with bad sectors. Is there some disk clone software to solve the problem easily?

How to clone disk in Windows 7/8/10?

Yes! Here is the best solution - AOMEI Partition Assistant (the powerful partition magic alternative), an easy-to-use tool, helps you solve the problem perfectly. It makes an identical copy of you disk, which consists of operating system, disk hidden partition, applications, personal configurations and data. You are allowed to clone disk to Kingston or Samsung SSD with this software. Moreover, it provides two kinds of disk copy: copy disk quickly and sector-by-sector copy.

As for the first one, it is also called file-by-file copy and is much faster than the second method. Yet, it only copies the used space of original disk to the new one. Thus, cloning disk to smaller SSD is possible in this way. Because of its fast speed, it is recommended by AOMEI Technology Company. During the process, you have three choices to adjust the partition size.

How about the other one? The sector-by-sector copy supports to clone all the sectors in original hard drive to a target one, no matter whether it is used or not. Compared with the first one, the deleted, lost files or inaccessible data can be copied. When you finish the cloning operation, you can recover the files in the new hard drive with date recovery software.

No matter which copy method you choose, each method can finish the task nicely.

How to clone system disk to new hard drive?

Only few steps, you can finish the whole process. The interface is easy to handle and you just need to click the mouse. Please do as follows:

Step 1: Download AOMEI Partition Software and run it. Right click disk 1 and select "Copy Disk".

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Step 2: Then, choose the copy method you like and click "Next". Here, we choose "Copy Disk Quickly".

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Step 3: Choose the destination disk (disk2) and click "Next". After that, click "Finish".

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Step 4: You can edit partitions here. 

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Step 5: Remember to click "Apply" to hand in the task.


  1. All data on target hard drive will be wiped out after you commit the operations above.
  2. It is unacceptable to choose system/dynamic/GPT/offline disk as a destination hard drive.
  3. It is available that the target disk is smaller than the source, but it must be equal or larger than the unused space in original hard drive in "Copy Disk Quickly" method.
  4. The system will be restarted if the source disk includes system partition.

With so excellent tool, you can clone disk to desire hard drive and avoid reinstalling the operating system. Why don't you download it to help you? As a matter of fact, you can clone USB bootable drive to another disk as well with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant.