How to Clone 2TB HDD to 1TB SSD with Secure Boot?

January 28, 2019

Want to clone from 2TB HDD to 1TB SSD or 500GB SSD that is dramatically smaller than the source disk? Don’t worry. You can learn how to clone hard drive with different sizes easily here.

Need to Clone 2TB to 1TB Disk

"My 2TB hard drive is about to failing and I’ve purchased a 1TB SSD to replace it. Plan to clone only used portion of the 2TB HDD (about 470GB) to the SSD. I have tried shrunk the 1.8TB volume size in Disk Management but failed. I’ve tried one cloning software but it does not allow the source disk greater than the destination. Is there any professional tool that could clone only used space? Thanks."

This is a post on moving data from 2TB drive to new 1TB SSD so the user needs to clone large HDD to smaller SSD. To let partitions well fit, many users try to shrink partitions, delete useless files, or uninstall unnecessary programs. However, the majority of them fail to complete the migration.

Similarly, some users want to copy 2TB disk to a disk that is even smaller than 1TB. For example, they may want to clone 2TB HDD to 500GB SSD drive. The destination disk becomes smaller which seems like making the task more complicated. Well, what are the main concerns that a user clone 2TB hard drive would have?

Concerns on Cloning Larger Disk to Smaller One

In general, there are many issues that a user may pay attention to in cloning. But followings are on the top of the list.

  • Disk capacity. The main concern would be if the partitions on the source disk could well fit the destination disk. Some partitions are even larger than the entire destination disk. It is quite hard to make them fit all.

  • Secure boot. The boot issue is also important after cloning a drive. Some cloning tools may not be able to clone all partitions to SSD. For instance, the UEFI partition or other boot related drives failed to be cloned.

  • Operability. Many users have less computer experiences and are afraid of the complex process. Also, they may worry about the after-work of cloning like replacing old hard drive.

  • Other issues. The cloning software usability, applicable operating systems, hard disk adaptability, etc. may also the problems users worried.

After the list of concerned issues of cloning large drive to smaller drive, you may wonder if you could clone a 2TB drive to a 1TB SSD. Absolutely, the answer is Yes. Let’s see how to clone hard drive with different sizes.

How to Clone 2TB HDD to 1TB or 500GB SSD with Ease?

AOMEI Backupper Professional is reliable cloning software that allows you to clone hard drive in different sizes. While cloning 2TB HDD to 1TB or 500GB SSD, you can clone with its Intelligent Clone method to copy only used space to the destination. The partitions will be automatically adjusted during the cloning process, so no need to worry about the disk capacity issue.

What’s more, you can clone only operating system drive and boot related partitions to the smaller SSD with its System Clone feature if you’re on a desktop. The old hard drive can be used as a secondary storage.

Note that the destination disk should accommodate all used space of the source disk. Otherwise, the cloning process may fail or be completed with corrupted data.

In addition, this cloning software takes care of the partition style issue that most users may not think about. It allows you to clone from GPT disk to MBR disk or vice versa successfully. No need to convert partition styles between each other.

It is Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista supported and comes with lucid user interface. The entire process can be done in simple steps. Go for it and have a try.

Detailed Steps: Clone 2TB HDD to 1TB SSD

1. Install or connect the 1TB SSD to your machine. You may need USB-to-SATA cable on a laptop. Make sure the SSD can be detected.

2. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional on your PC. Click Clone and then Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

3. Select the 2TB HDD as the source disk.

Select the 2TB HDD

4. Select the 1TB SSD as the destination disk.

Select the 1TB SSD

5. On the summary page, check the option “Align partitions to optimize for SSD” to improve the performance of SSD. Click Start Clone and wait for it to be completed.

Start Clone

Tips: you can adjust partition size or change drive letter by clicking “Edit partitions on the destination disk”. When cloning from large drive to smaller drive, the first option will be unavailable.

Edit Partitions on 1TB SSD

6. Shut down you PC on the completion. Change boot order in BIOS or replace the 2TB HDD with the 1TB SSD to boot from the cloned drive.

Tips: “Sector-by-sector Clone” will clone every sector to the destination so it requires the destination disk is equal or larger than the source disk. Do not check this option in this situation.

In a few cases, you may find the cloned SSD refuses to boot. The reasons are various in different situations, but you can refer to this article for help: cloned hard drive or SSD won’t boot. See if you’re in one of those troubles.

Bottom Line

You see, it is quite easy to clone 2TB to 1TB SSD with one comprehensive cloning utility since it takes care of all issues you may concern. As a matter of fact, you can clone 1TB HDD to 2TB SSD by repeating above steps.

After cloning hard drive, it is suggested to keep AOMEI Backupper Professional installed. The cloning software is also reliable backup software which provides you robust backup solution. Let it help you protect your computer in all-round.