“I have a Lenovo laptop with factory windows 10, the Pentium N3520 and a 500gb HDD. I would like to swap in a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD. Can I just copy or clone the recovery partition to the SSD, and let it recover the OS to the new SSD?
Any copy/cloning suggestions would be appreciated as well.”
What can recovery partition do for you?
There are basically two kinds of recovery partition, Windows recovery partitions, and computer supplier’s recovery partitions. Usually, the Windows 10 recovery partition only takes about 450MB, and less for Windows 8/7. While computer supplier’s recovery partition usually takes about 20GB. Thus, many computer users would like to delete recovery partition for releasing more free space. However, the recovery partition is very important. The Windows recovery partition allows you to boot into Windows recovery environment (WinRE) to restore your computer when you need. The recovery partition created by manufacturer allows you to recover computer to the factory default settings by pressing a specific key (different computer brand provides different key).
The good idea is to clone recovery partition to another place before deleting it.
How to clone recovery partition to SSD/HDD in Windows 10/8/7?
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a great disk/partition cloning software that contains disk copy wizard, partition copy wizard. You can use it to migrate OS to SSD/HDD, and clone recovery partition to SSD/HDD in Windows 10/8/7 easily.
Here will display you how to copy recovery partition to another hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Download AOMEI Partition Assistant to have a try.
First, install AOMEI Partition Assistant to your Windows environment computer. Connect the SSD you prepared before to the computer. Then, you can follow the steps to do it.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. It will display you the basic environment of your hard disks on your computer, and you can see the recovery partition here. To clone recovery partition to SSD, here you need to right-click it, select Copy Partition.
Step 2. AOMEI Partition Assistant provides two copy methods: Copy Partition Quickly (recommended), Sector-by-Sector Copy. Choose one method you need and click Next.
Copy Partition Quickly: Only copy the used space of the partition, and support to resize partition during the copy process. It won’t take too much space, and it is faster than sector-by-sector copy.
Sector-by-Sector Copy: Copy all sectors of the partition to another disk, no matter it is used or not. It will spend more time, and it needs the destination space is larger than the source partition.
Step 3. After that, choose the SSD as the destination place. Here we suggest you to check the option of “optimize the performance of SSD”. Click Next.
Step 4. If you select Copy Partition Quickly, here you can resize partition on the destination disk. Or you can repartition hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant later.
Step 5. You will be back to the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant and you can see the pending operations in the left panel. Click Apply -> Proceed at the toolbar to submit the whole operations. And wait till the progress reaches 100%.
See, cloning recovery partition to SSD/HDD in Windows 10/8/7 is such an easy thing under the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant. it is more than a cloning software but also a great hard disk partition manager. It can make up the deficiency of Disk Management. Such as: you can use it to create partition when Disk Management New Simple Volume greyed out; you can extend partition when Extend Volume greyed out; etc. And it also provides AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition for Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 users.