User Guide: Clone SSD to HDD Windows 7 with Secure Boot

October 30, 2019

AOMEI Backupper is a guarantee of successful clone, no matter you use it to clone SSD to HDD Window7 or clone HDD to SSD Windows7.

Can I clone SSD to HDD?

“I have internal 256GB SSD and 500GB HDD on my Windows 7. I want to clone SSD to HDD and use it to a new computer. However, I’m not sure if this operation is feasible and want to know: Is an image of disk the same as making a clone? Any suggestion will be appreciated."

Disk

Do you have similar question? In fact, disk image and disk clone both could help you clone SSD to HDD, but there is a little difference. A disk image couldn’t be readable by Windows unless you restore it while the cloned hard drive could directly be used to replace HDD and boot your computer. So, cloning SSD is a better choice.

The need to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 7

Actually, SSD (solid state drive) is more reliable, more silent, cooler, lighter and uses less power. But why do you want to clone SSD to HDD? Here are possible reasons in the following:

  • SSD is more expensive than HDD of the same capacity and majority of users cannot afford a large SSD. So, some users are willing to use a larger HDD as boot drive.

  • Make an exact copy of original SSD disk for system crash and data loss.

  • cloned HDD to install system for a new computer.

Reliable SSD cloning software for Windows 7

To clone SSD disk, you need a great disk cloning software. But which one is? Here are requirements for it.

  • Support cloning all branded HDD and SSD. Some branded SSD disk come along with a disk cloning software, but it could be used on the specified disk.

  • Support cloning hard drive with different partition style, such as, cloning GPT system disk to MBR.

  • Ensure secure boot after cloning. This is the most important requirement, because the cloned drive won’t boot is a very common question for many disk cloning software.

  • Support adjusting the partition size of destination disk. This is especially useful for users who want to clone disk to larger disk.

  • Support improving the performance of SSD disk.

  • Be user-friendly and easy-to-use.

  • Be compatible with all kinds of operating system (both 32-bit and 64-bit), including Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista.

You could consider using AOMEI Backupper Professional, because it’s fully meet the above requirements. And it’s used by many users in the worldwide.

How to clone SSD to HDD Windows 7 with AOMEI Backupper?

Preparations:

Prepare a hard drive.

Create a disk image in advance if there is something important, because the target drive will be overwritten after cloning.

Plug out extra drive, only keep SSD and HDD on your computer.

Now, see below and learn the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab. To clone only OS, click System Clone.

Disk Clone

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

Select SSD Disk

Step 3. Select your HDD as destination disk (here is disk 2), then click “Next” to continue.

Select HDD

Step 4. In this window, you can preview the operation result. Then, click “Start Clone” to clone SSD to HDD.

Clone SSD to HDD

Tips:

  • If you need to adjust partition size and location of destination disk, please click “Edit partitions”. There are 3 available options, including, “Copy without resizing partitions”, “Add unused space to all partitions”,” Manually adjust partition size”.

    Edit Partitions

  • 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.

  • “Align partition to optimize for SSD” is highly recommended when you clone hard drive to SSD.

  • This software also allows you to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 10 and migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD regardless of partition style. The steps are the same as above.

  • If you are using server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 or its R2 version, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server.

Summary

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a useful disk clone software, which allows you to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 7 regardless of partition style and ensure secure boot after cloning, and vice versa. And it could clone larger drive to smaller drive with ease as long as the used space on larger drive is equal to or smaller than the smaller drive.

Also, this software is still a backup and restore software. With it, you could create SSD backup image and restore the image to HDD. Then, use the new drive to boot your computer.

This version only supports several computers. If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.