By Delia / Last update October 14, 2021

Need help: clone OS and recovery partition to SSD

I cloned the OS only from my HDD to SSD using Data Migration by Samsung, but wanted the recovery partition (RP) as well. The RP has the windows 7 pro I need to factory reset the SSD. What free software out there do I need so I can clone both the OS and RP from my HDD to my Samsung 850 EVO SSD?

Why clone HDD to SSD including recovery partition?

You may have a laptop coming with a recovery partition, or you just make a recovery partition on it. And now, you want to clone your old hard drive to a new SSD which is of better performance for upgrading. How about the recovery partition? 

It’s wise for you to put it on the SSD, because it used to store a copy of your computer’s important data which helps you restore your computer in an easy way without re-installing operating system, programs and settings after your computer break down, and now it will do so, too.

And you will find it not so difficult as you have expected to clone HDD to SSD including recovery partition if you find an easy solution. So what is the easy way? Here you might need AOMEI Backupper to help you clone the entire disk.

How to clone HDD to SSD including recovery partition

AOMEI Backupper is a professional clone software, which supports all Windows editions including Windows 7, Windows8/8.1, Windows10/11, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 (R2). If your operating system is PC, you can download AOMEI Backupper Professional; If it's a server system, AOMEI Backupper Server will help you to protect them. 

By using it, you can easily clone HDD to SSD including recovery partition with the help of Disk Clone or System Clone. Both way can help you copy recovery partition to another hard drive drive or SSD, but you can choose it by the data on the original disk and the space of target disk. 

  • If your target disk has enough space to hold all the data on the original disk, you could use Disk Clone.
  • If not, you could use consider using System Clone.

In addition, it allows you to improve performance of SSD disk by SSD Alignment, and edit partition size of destination disk to make full use of unallocated space after cloning

Next, we’ll show you details about how to use it to clone hard drive including recovery partition. To follow the steps, you can download 30-day free trial. Please note that the Clone feature in the free-trial version can only be demonstrated, you need to upgrade to the full version to enjoy.

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Step 1. In the main page of AOMEI Backupper, select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

Choose Disk Clone

You can use this feature to clone recovery partition to Samsung SSD or other recovery partition in the branded hard drive.
To clone only OS and recovery partition, you could use "System Clone" feature in this software. But it requires the disk partition style of source disk and destination to be the same. If not, the recovery partition will not be cloned.

Step 2. Select your HDD (here is disk 0) as the source disk, and the recovery partition is included in your HDD. Then, click “Next”.

Choose Source Disk 1

Step 3. Choose your new SSD (here is disk1) as the destination disk, then click “Next”.

Choose Destination Partitioned Hdd

Step 4. In this window, you can preview the operation that clone HDD to SSD including recovery partition. Then, select extra features if necessary and click Start Clone.

>> If you are cloning HDD to SSD, you could tick "SSD Alignment" that promises you better performance of SSD.

>> If your target disk is larger, click “Edit partitions” to choose “Add unused space to all partitions”, or “Manually adjust partition size”. The last option allows you to edit the size of every partition on this disk separately. 

Add Unused To All

>> By default, this software will only clone used sectors on the original disk, thus you can clone larger drive to smaller drive.

To ensure you can successfully clone hard drive including recovery partition, it's a wise choice to use “Sector by sector clone” to clone all sector on this disk no matter they are used or not. And it will cost more time accordingly.

Wrapping things up 

Cloning HDD to SSD including recovery partition is very easy with the help of professional disk clone software - AOMEI Backupper. It provides you two ways, namely, Disk Clone and System Clone, you can choose the way to clone hard drive, depending on which items you want to clone, entire disk or only OS and recovery partition. In addition, you can use it to only clonerecovery partition to SSD with its partition clone feature.

Besides the cloning methods, you still can try backup and restore methods to copy recovery partition to new SSD. You could create a disk backup and then restore to new hard drive or SSD. Also, a system image backup do the same things for you. And it offers more useful features to continuously protect data on the disk or system drive, such as, schedule backup, incremental or differential backup, USB plug in, etc.