By Ailsa / Last Updated January 7, 2020

The Case

I plan to upgrade my hardware for my Desktop, trying to update from my 120GB SSD Boot disk and 320GB SATA Games Disk to a smaller configuration: 64GB SSD Boot Disk and 120GB SSD Games Disk. In other words, I need to clone my OS and applications (approximately 40GB) from 120GB 840 EVO SSD to y 64GB SanDisk Ultra Plus. Besides, I have to clone game files from my HDD to 120GB SSD. Is there any reliable desktop cloning software to clone my entire SSD or HDD easily? And I need a user friendly thing. Thanks.

Some exclusive disk cloning software overview

For some brands hard drive, the disk cloning software is offered along with the hard drive. These hard drives and cloning software are:

  • Samsung SSD: Samsung Data Migration (Migrate operating system, application software, and user data from the existing storage device to Samsung SSD.)

  • Seagate HDD and SSD: Seagate DiscWizard (It’s an integrated software suite that make all of your information on computers safe, which allows you to backup and recovery operating system or files, clone entire disk, etc. However, you can’t clone a single partition with this software.)

  • Intel SSD: Intel® Data Migration Software (You could transfer data from a hard drive to an Intel® SSD.)

Besides, there are so many desktop cloning software that you could use in Windows 7/8/10. However, these software are designed for specified hard drives or SSDs, and they have one thing in common that it’s only allows you to cloning files from other hard drive or SSD to specific brands SSD drives.

The best free Desktop cloning software

Do you find any other better cloning software in Windows 7/8/10? If not, I will introduce the best free desktop cloning software – AOMEI Backupper for you. It supports not only clone hard drive or SSD to specific SSD drives but also clone specific SSDs to other HDD or SSDs. It’s designed for all brands hard drives or SSDs like Toshiba, Western Digital, Adata, Buffalo, Seagate, Samsung, Intel, and so on; and it supports Windows PC and Server systems, like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 (all editions, 32/64-bit), Windows Server 2003/2008 (R2)/2012 (R2)/2016, SBS 2003/2008/2011, WHS 2011. Besides, it allows you to clone operating system, partition or hard drive to other locations without losing data, and supports other computers, like laptops, personal computers, etc. To show you how to clone a hard drive, the steps listed below:

Before that, download AOMEI Backupper and make sure you have connected a desired HDD or SSD to your computer to save the files from current system hard drive.


  • Disk Clone will clone all your files, including Windows operating system files, installed programs, downloaded software, personal documents, partitions, and disk details (MBR/GPT, etc.), and more.

  • You are allowed to clone large drive to smaller drive but please make sure the capacity of the HDD or SSD could save all the data from system hard drive.

Step 1. Open this freeware after installing, select Clone -> Disk Clone at the left hand.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select a Source Disk that you want to clone.

Source Disk

Step 3. Choose the HDD or SSD as the Destination Disk, and hit Next>>.

Destination Disk


Overwritten Information


  • The Disk Clone function only supports to copy at most 3 partitions from GPT disk to MBR disk. If the system GPT disk contains over 3 partitions, you have to convert system disk from GPT to MBR or convert the destination disk from MBR to GPT, then do the operation again.

  • The destination disk will be wiped out and all the data will be lost. Make sure you have backed up all the data on it in advance.

Step 4. Click Start Clone at the Operation Summary window.

Start Clone


  • Sector by sector clone: it will clone all sectors on system hard drive, no matter it is bad sector or not, even if it’s blank. If you tick this option, make sure your destination disk is equal to or larger than system hard drive to hold these files from system hard drive. And it will take longer time.

  • Align partition to optimize for SSD: if your destination disk is a SSD drive, please check this option to accelerate the reading and writing speed for SSD.

After a few minutes, you will get your system hard drive cloned.

Disk Clone Progress

Furthermore, if you have only a small hard drive, you could clone larger drive to smaller drive without losing data. Sometimes, you might just want to clone partition to other address; or just want to clone operating system to SSD to optimize for the performance of the computer. You could also backup files, hard drive, or system to internal hard drive or external HDD via this desktop cloning software in case of data corruption; sync or backup files, and more. The advanced edition – Professional has the ability to clone Windows 7/8/10, Restore image file to identical hardware or dissimilar hardware computer, create bootable media, and more. For Server usage, you could try Server or Technician Plus.