By Teresa / Last Updated September 28, 2017

Why need Macrium alternative when migrating OS?

When migrate OS to another hard drive, it is helpful to do that with 3rd party cloning software to keep all personal data intact. Macrium Reflect is one of these cloning tools which are qualified in this task. Nevertheless, it has 5 editions and four of them are designed for commercial users like company administrators or businessmen. For Macrium Reflect Home edition, one has to pay for around $70, which is too much for personal users. It has a free edition v6 Free yet comes with limited features. Under such condition, some Windows users just wonder if they could migrate OS to a lager drive with Macrium alternative, with less budget and more functions. Luckily, the answer is yes.

Alternative to Macrium Reflect – AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is an all-around backup & restore solution and it is also powerful cloning software. You can easily move OS to larger hard drive with it. Comparing with Macrium Reflect Home edition, you spend less money and will get more helpful features. In detail, you spend less than $50 and are able to install it on two personal computers instead of single PC. Installing one on your wife’s or parent’s PC can provide extra layer of protection for their data. Its operating consoler is user-friendly so don’t worry if they have little knowledge of computer.

Besides, other than migrating OS to another drive, AOMEI Backupper allows you to move the entire hard disk to new disk with “Disk Clone” feature. This is quite helpful when your current hard drive is about to fail or has bad sectors. All in all, download (Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista supported) the free trial of this alternative and have a try. You are promised with 90-Day unconditional money back guarantee if you purchased now.

Migrate OS to larger SSD via System Clone

First, install the SSD to your PC. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Click Clone and the System Clone.

System Clone

Second, select the SSD as destination partition. System and its related partitions are selected by default.

Destination Partition

Third, check Align partitions to optimize for SSD since the destination disk is SSD. Preview the pending operations and click Start Clone if everything’s right.

Start Clone

Finally, swap current hard drive with the SSD and boot to check if everything goes well.


  • All data on destination partition will be overwritten. So backup important files beforehand.
  • You can check Sector by sector cloneto clone every section of system partition. This option requires the destination disk equals to or larger than source partition.
  • If you are performing this task on laptop, you may need SATA-USB adapter or SATA-USB enclosure to connect SSD to machine. However, cloning via USB cable takes much more time. So it is suggested to move OS using backup & restore method. Please refer to Samsung laptop SSD upgrade for detailed steps with screenshots.
  • You may want to format old OS partition on previous hard drive and make it as storage. System partition is not allowed to be formatted under Windows environment, click to learn how to fix this.

Within only four steps, you are able to migrate OS to a larger drive with Macrium alternative cloning software AOMEI Backupper. In addition, this software supports incremental, differential and full backup, so that incrementally backup HDD to external hard drive becomes an easy case. If you want to move Server OS to other drives, try AOMEI Backupper Server edition.