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.
How to use Acronis True Image 2019 to clone to SSD?
Here takes Acronis True Image 2019 for example to learn how to clone the current drive to an SSD. 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.
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.
Step 3. Select the drive that you want to clone. Then click Next.
Step 4. Select the SSD as the destination drive and then click Next.
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.
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 to clone to smaller SSD.
Although you can use Acronis True Image to 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 Professional is a cloning utility 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 sound stability enables it to run smoothly on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.
By default, this program will perform an Intelligent Clone, which means only used sectors on the selected hard drive will be copied to the target drive. But when you enable Sector by sector clone, all sectors on the source drive will be cloned to the target drive. Besides, it is capable to improve the working performance of your SSD. Let’s see how it works.
Quick guide on how to clone hard drive to SSD
Remember that the cloning process will overwrite the target drive. If you have stored some important files on it, you’d better backup files to external hard drive in advance. Before you start, connect the SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected.
Step 1. Install and launch this utility. Select Clone from the left pane. Then click Disk Clone.
Step 2. Select the drive that you wish to clone (here is Disk 0). Then click Next.
Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination drive (Disk 1). Then click Next.
Step 4. Here you can have an Operation Summary. Tick Align partition to optimize for SSD to accelerate the reading and writing speed of the SSD. Then click Start Clone.
Step 5. Change the boot order inside the BIOS or replace the old drive with the cloned SSD to boot from the SSD. The second method is recommended.
>> Edit partitions on the destination disk: 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.
If you are a laptop user, you can prepare a screwdriver ahead of time. Before replacing old drive with the SSD, turn off the laptop at first and then remove the battery.
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.
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 can be your best choice. It has simple operation steps and complete features. Apart from cloning hard drive to SSD, it also owns the abilities to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD, clone Windows to external hard drive, and so on.