By AOMEI / Last Updated December 31, 2019

No SATA to USB cable with newly purchased SSD

“Hello, I bought a new SSD but it didn’t come with a SATA to USB cable. And my desktop has extra SATA cable and I would like to copy everything (eg: system, installed apps, personal data etc.) from HDD to SSD. Now, I have two questions:

First, is there any possible way to clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable?

Second, the directions clearly say that the SSD must be recognized. Do I need to initialize SSD before cloning?

Any feedback is appreciated.”

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.

In sum, SSD is much lighter, quieter, more durable, produce less heat and consume less power. So, SSD is a greater choice than HDD.

To upgrade HDD to SSD, you can either clone HDD to SSD via USB, or make it a secondary disk so as to clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable.

What’s the problem to clone without cable?

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, cloning HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable isn’t a problem at all. But to make the job easier, It’s recommended to use trust and reliable backup software AOMEI Backupper Professional.

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

Before you clone HDD to SSD without cable, please connect the SSD to extra SATA cable on your PC. And you don’t need to initialize SSD, because it will be formatted during the cloning process.

To clone HDD to SSD without SATA cable, use the following steps:

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

Choose Disk Clone

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

Select HDD

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

Choose SSD Disk

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

Clone HDD to SSD without USB Cable


  • If you need to adjust your SSD’s partition size and location manually, please click “Edit Partitions” > "Manually adjust partition size".

  • 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.

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

Now, you may already install SSD without SATA cable. Next, you need to switch HDD to SSD, restart your computer and press specific key (eg: F2, ESC) on the initial screen, go to the boot tab and move SSD to the first option by using “+”, then press F10 to exit.

After that, see if your computer can boot successfully. If so, you can reformat your hard drive. If not, please go to: cloned SSD won’t boot and try the given solutions.


Speaking of cloning HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable, AOMEI Backupper will be a great choice if your laptop or desktop have an extra slot. Besides, you still can choose to backup entire computer to USB drive, then restore system image from external drive. Both ways can help you achieve the same effect.

This software fully supports all Windows editions including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8,1, 10(both 32bit and 62bit). And it has all the basic clone, backup and restore features, such as, System Clone, Partition Clone, File Backup, System Backup, etc. In addition, it still offers you many useful features, such as, SSD Alignment, Sector by Sector Clone, Universal Restore, USB plug in etc.

However, this software only support using on several computers. If you have multiple computers, you can go to the edition comparison page and select the suitable one. It's recommended to use AOMEI Backupper TechPlus. It can be used on unlimited PCs and Servers and provide billable technical service to unlimited clients.