By Cherry / Last Updated March 20, 2017

Why you want to change IDE laptop hard drive to SATA?

IDE, the short of Integrated Drive Electronics, is the transmission port of the hard dive. In the past days, IDE hard drive is used for storing data and installed on the laptop or desktop. If you are using an laptop with IDE hard drive, you may meet the problem that your laptop running slower and slower, and the most effective way is to change IDE laptop hard drive to SATA.

SATA, the abbreviation of Serial AT Attachment, is a computer bus interface that connects host bus adapters to mass storage devices. It has so many advantages over the IDE, such as reduced cable size and cost, native hot swapping, faster data transfer through higher signaling rates, etc. Therefore, you may want to replace laptop IDE hard drive with SATA for improving the performance of your laptop.

How to change IDE laptop hard drive to SATA hard drive?

To change IDE laptop hard drive to SATA hard drive, you need to make sure that your laptop board supports for SATA. It does support, you just need an SATA cable and power cable to connect your SATA hard drive to your laptop. If it doesn’t support SATA, then, you need an IDE-to-SATA adapter (like the following picture) to help you connect your SATA hard drive with you laptop.


Then, you need a third party software that can help you migrate all data from your laptop IDE hard drive to your SATA hard drive. Here we highly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional, a software that can help you change IDE laptop hard drive to SATA without reinstalling system and applications.

Step1. Connect your SATA hard drive to your IDE laptop. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional to your laptop. Then, it will show you its intuitive interface, and you need to click Clone, and select Disk Clone. If you only need to keep the system files and applications, you can choose System Clone.

Clone Disk

Step2. Then, you need to select the source disk, click Next.


Step3.Choose the destination disk, and click Next.


Step4. Finally, you can click Start Clone to execute the task.

Start Clone


  • You can edit the partitions on the destination disk by opening the settings.
  • Sector by sector clone will clone every byte on the IDE hard drive no matter it used or not, which will take a lot of time and occupy more space on the destination disk.
  • If you’re planing to change IDE laptop hard drive to SATA SSD, it is necessary to check the box before “Align partition to optimize for SSD”, because it will optimize the performance of the SATA SSD after cloning.

AOMEI Backupper should be the best IDE hard drive duplicator. After cloning, you can install the SATA hard drive to your laptop and boot from it directly. To make sure the laptop will boot successful, you can also create a system backup image, and create bootable media, so that if your cloned hard drive cannot boot for some reasons, you can use the bootable media to boot your laptop successful and restore system image to the SATA hard drive. You can learn more features after download it.