When do you need SSD cloning?

You may encounter different situations when you want to clone to/from an SSD. Following are two common situations:

  • Your computer is using an HDD now and you want to replace HDD with SSD to speed up your computer.
  • Your computer is already using an SSD and you plan to move all data to a new SSD or upgrade a smaller SSD to a larger SSD.

As you see, SSD cloning can not only help to accelerate computer running speed but also enlarge storage space. Moreover, all data on the original hard drive will be transferred to the new drive after cloning, including the operating system, all installed applications, and personal files. It’s a real time-saver because you don’t need to reinstall OS and applications after moving to a new drive.

SSD cloning software for Windows PC – best of all

Among all the disk cloning software available online, I’d like to recommend AOMEI Backupper Professional to you. It can help you a lot with SSD cloning.

  • Support diverse interfaces. No matter what interface your hard drive is using, you can use AOMEI Backupper to clone it, such as clone IDE to SATA, clone SATA to PCIe, etc.
  • Support various disk brands. AOMEI Backupper enables you to clone all branded HDDs or SSDs, including Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate, Crucial, WD, PNY and so on.
  • Support different partition styles. You are able to clone an MBR disk to GPT disk or clone a GPT disk to MBR disk. No disk conversion is needed before cloning.
  • Support cloning between different sizes. You are allowed to clone a larger HDD to a smaller SSD or clone a smaller SSD to a larger SSD as per your need.
    Wanna have a try? Just move on to the next part.

How to clone a hard drive to an SSD via AOMEI Backupper?

Before you start clone, connect the target SSD to your computer. You can connect it internally if there is an extra drive bay inside your computer, or you can connect it externally via a SATA-to-USB adapter or an NVMe-to-USB adapter.

Please note all data on the target drive will be erased during the cloning process. Therefore, if the destination SSD is not empty, make sure that you have backed up files on it before you go to the following steps. It is suggested to backup your files on an external drive or shared network. If you prefer online backup, CBackup can do you a favor.

Now let’s begin cloning all data from an HDD to an SSD using AOMEI Backupper:

Step 1. Download the best SSD cloning software from the official website. Install and launch it then.
Step 2. Go to the Clone tab and select Disk Clone there.

Step 3. Select the current hard drive on your computer at the Source Disk page. Then, click Next.

Step 4. Select the SSD you just connected at the Destination Disk page and click Next.

Step 5. At the Operation Summary page, check the SSD Alignment option to optimize SSD performance. Then, click Start Clone to begin transferring data from HDD to SSD.

How to boot your computer from the cloned SSD?

If your SSD is connected internally, you can set the SSD as the first boot option in BIOS. Then, your computer will boot from the cloned SSD successfully.

If your SSD is connected externally, you can remove the original hard drive on your computer and install the cloned SSD there. Then, boot your computer as normal.

Tip: If you are cloning between different partition styles (MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR), you should also change boot mode in BIOS to make the cloned drive bootable. To boot from an MBR disk, choose Legacy boot mode. To boot from a GPT disk, choose UEFI boot mode.