By AOMEI / Last Updated June 5, 2020

Acronis True Image: clone to SSD

It is a good idea to clone the current drive to an SSD, whether you want to upgrade to a larger drive or get a better performance. Since Windows doesn’t offer any built-in tools for disk clone, users can only use some third-party programs like Acronis True Image.

Acronis True Image is an integrated application that enables you to clone basic drives (both MBR and GPT) to other drives, even if the target drive is of a different capacity. For Acronis True Image 2017 or earlier, the cloning should be done from Acronis bootable media.

However, since Acronis True Image 2018, you can clone directly without a bootable media. In addition to disk clone, this program also features with disk backup, partition backup, and disk restore, etc. And its latest version is Acronis True Image 2020.

How to use Acronis True Image 2019 to clone to SSD?

Here takes Acronis True Image 2019 clone to SSD for example. Now, you can follow these steps.

Step 1. Connect the SSD to your computer. Make sure it can be detected. Launch this program to click Tools and Clone Disk subsequently.

Clone Disk

Step 2. Choose whether to use Automatic (recommended) or Manual transfer mode. Then click Next.

* Automatic: the partitions will be proportionally resized to fit your target drive.

* Manual: change the disk partition layout as you wish.

Mode

Step 3. Select the drive that you want to clone. Then click Next.

Source Drive

Step 4. Select the SSD as the destination drive and then click Next.

Target Drive

Step 5. Specify files and folders that you don't want to clone on the What to exclude step.

Step 6. On the Finish step, ensure that the configured settings suit your needs. Then click Proceed.

Step 7. Wait for the process to be completed. Then this program will inform you of the next steps to take.

Finish

★Tips:
✍This program cannot be used to clone dynamic disks.
✍Note that the cloned drive will not have a letter within Windows. Once you boot a new device from this drive, a letter will be assigned automatically.
✍Ensure that the target drive has enough capacity to fit the contents of the source drive, when using Acronis True Image clone to smaller SSD.

Although you can use Acronis True Image clone HDD to SSD, you may meet many issues during the operation, such as Acronis True Image will not clone, Acronis True Image cannot find hard drive, Acronis clone disk operation failed and so on. If you want a reliable and flexible tool to clone your hard drive to an SSD, you’d better turn to an Acronis True Image alternative.

Best alternative to Acronis True Image - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a hard drive cloning software similar to Acronis True Image, but with more features. It allows you to clone basic drives or dynamic drives to internal/external hard drives in a few simple clicks. Its stability enables it to run smoothly on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. AOMEI Backupper allows you to do the following clone operations:

  • Clone hard drive to larger one (HDD or SSD).

  • Clone HDD to smaller SSD as long as the capacity of the smaller SSD will store all the data from source disk.

  • Clone disk to skip bad sectors with Intelligent Clone Mode (default mode), which means only used sectors on the selected hard drive will be copied to the target drive.

  • Clone disk with bad sectors by Sector by sector clone mode, and all sectors on the source drive will be cloned to the target drive.

  • Migrate Windows 7/8/10 OS to SSD without reinstalling.

Besides, it is capable to improve the working performance of your SSD. Let’s see how it works.

Safely Clone HDD to SSD with Simple Steps

Before you clone:

  • You’d better backup files to external hard drive in advance if you have stored some important files on the SSD. Because the disk cloning process will overwrite the target drive.

  • Connect the SSD with your computer via SATA-to-USB cable or SATA power cable, and make sure it can be detected..

  • Download AOMEI Backupper Professional 30 day trial on your Windows computer and have a shot.

Step 1. Install and launch the disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper. Select Clone from the left pane. Then click Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the drive that you wish to clone (here is Disk 0). Then click Next.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination drive (Disk 1). Then click Next.

Select New SSD

Step 4. Here you can have an Operation Summary. Tick SSD Alignment to accelerate the reading and writing speed of the SSD. Then click Start Clone.

Clone HDD to SSD

Tips:
Edit partitions: click it to resize partitions on the target drive. Three options are supported: Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions and Manually adjust partition size.
✍Sector by sector clone: as mentioned above, you could clone all the sectors on the source disk whether it is in used, blank, or even bad sectors, will be transferred to the destination.
✍After cloning, the source drive will not be wiped out. You can keep it as a backup or reformat the hard drive for other purposes.

Step 5. Boot from the cloned SSD: Restart your computer and press a certain key (F2, F10, F12, DEL or ESC Key, etc.) to enter BIOS, Then change the boot order inside the BIOS and boot from the cloned SSD.

Change Boot Order in BIOS

For laptop or desktop that only one hard drive slot, shutdown your computer and remove the battery, use screwdrivers to replace old hard drive (HDD) with the cloned SSD, then boot the computer up.

Summary

In this article, you have learned how to use Acronis True Image to clone to SSD. However, if you need a more reliable and flexible way to clone your hard drive, AOMEI Backupper Professional could be your best choice. It has simple operation steps and comprehensive features.

AOMEI Backupper not only a disk cloning software but also a powerful Windows backup and restore software, which allows you to backup disk, operating system, partitions to safe location, restore to dissimilar hardware computer, command line utility to clone/backup/restore, delete old backup images, etc. For who is running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy.