By AOMEI / Last Updated October 18, 2019

Why need to clone HDD to SSD?

Generally speaking, HDD (hard disk drive) is the most basic storage disk of computer. It’s a metal platter with the magnetic coating. When it spinning, the data can be read and written. Unlike HDD, SSD (solid state drive) is made by solid state electronic storage chip and without moving parts. It stores data on its memory chips so that there is no platter spinning while the data read or written on SSD.

Considering all above, SSD is with better and faster performance than HDD, and it’s beneficial for you to upgrade HDD to SSD. To do so, either you clone HDD to SSD via USB, or you make it a secondary disk so as to clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable.

Whats the problem to clone without cable and how to solve?

In a nutshell, the SATA to USB cable allows you to connect a drive to your PC externally. This is very useful if your laptop only contains one drive bay, for example, when you decide to upgrade HDD to an SSD, unless the SSD is connected with the cable, you’ll need to do indirect clone, that is, image your existing hard drive, then remove the old drive, install the SSD, and restore the backup image to the SSD.

But nowadays, laptops already have two drive bays built-in and it’s easy for you to add an SSD as a secondary disk so that you can directly clone HDD to SSD without cable. So now, clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable isn’t a problem at all. But to make the job easier, we recommend you AOMEI Backupper.

How to clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable?

Before you clone HDD to SSD, please connect the SSD to your PC at the first place. Next, we’ll show you how to clone HDD to SSD without cable by using AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select your HDD as source disk( here is disk 0), then click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select SSD as destination disk (here is disk 1), then click “Next” to continue.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In this window, you can preview the operation result. Tick "SSD Alignment" to optimize the performance of the SSD. Then, click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone


1. If you need to adjust your SSD’s partition size and location manually (supported by AOMEI Backupper Profeesional), please click “Edit Partitions” > "Manually adjust partition size".

2. “Sector by sector clone” is optional to copy all sectors of the disk to the destination disk whether in use or not, but the destination disk size must be equal to or larger than the source disk.

Step 5. Wait for the process to complete and then click “Finish”. A disk clone can take several minutes to several hours depending on the size of the source disk.


Tips: Cloning system disks between MBR and GPT disks is not available in the Standard edition.


AOMEI Backupper is a powerful and free clone software, which supports all Windows editions including Windows XP\Vista\7\8\8.1\10 of both 32bit and 62bit. Here, within several clicks, you can finish clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable, actually, it can do not only disk clone and partition clone, but also system clone when you upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.