Need to Clone All Partitions to SSD
"I have purchased a new PNY SSD drive and would like to clone all my partitions from current hard drive to the SSD drive. One of my friends had encountered cloned drive won’t boot, which turned out he did not clone some boot related drives to the SSD. I hope to clone all drives to SSD including boot related drive and my data drive. Is there any reliable cloning tool to assist? Thanks."
Cloning hard drive is a good way to upgrade disk for computer. SSDs, with higher performance, are more and more popular among computer users. Therefore, cloning HDD to SSD is not uncommon nowadays. However, how to do a complete and successful disk cloning?
To replace the entire hard drive with a new disk SSD, you need to clone disk including all partitions to target disk. But before you start, it is necessary to understand what partitions contains your hard drive.
Which Partitions Make Up the Boot Hard Drive?
Most users plan to replace their primary disk that contains operating system with new disk. For laptops, usually there is only one disk so that all partitions are on the system disk. The partition structure would be hidden boot related drives (system reserved partition or UEFI drive), C drive (system drive), and D and E and F drive (for installed programs and stored personal data).
For desktops where two or more disks may be installed, the partition structure for system disk would be only hidden boot related drives and C drive, and maybe some favorite programs. A large amount of desktop users will store personal data on the secondary disk to prevent data loss from system meltdown.
To perform a complete hard drive replacing, you need to clone disk all partitions. However, to complete the task, you need a reliable and powerful disk cloning tool.
How to Clone Entire Hard Drive Including Partitions to SSD
AOMEI Backupper Professional is comprehensive disk cloning software that allows you to clone all partitions to SSD or another HDD and ensures successful boot. It offers two different cloning methods helping you clone hard drive to SSD with different sizes.
For example, to clone all partitions from large hard drive to smaller SSD, you can do Intelligent Clone. This method clones only used part from the source to the target as long as the target can accommodate the used part. On the other hand, to clone all partitions from smaller drive to larger SSD, you can fit all partitions to the disk to avoid unallocated space after cloning.
The other cloning method is Sector-by-Sector Clone. The distinguishing feature of this method is it will clone every sector of the source disk to the target disk, no matter it is used or not. It requires the target must equal or larger than the source disk. By the way, it is also a way to recover format or deleted files that haven’t been overwritten yet.
It supports Windows PC all systems, and has lucid user interface. Get this tool and to clone multiple partitions to SSD.
Detailed Steps on How to Clone All Partitions on Hard Drive
1. Connect the SSD to your computer. On laptops, you may need a SATA-to-USB cable. Make sure the disk can be detected. Install AOMEI Backupper Professional as well.
2. Run the disk cloning software, and click Clone > Disk Clone.
3. Select the current hard drive as the source disk.
4. Select the connected SSD as the destination disk.
5. On the summary page, check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD” to improve SSD performance. You can edit partition size if you want to. Note that checking “Sector-by-sector clone” method will make partition editing unavailable.
6. Finally, click Start Clone to execute the task. Wait for it to be completed.
7. Shut down your computer. To boot from the cloned SSD drive, you need to either replace HDD with SSD or change boot order in BIOS.
Above steps apply to clone all partitions on SD card as well.
To clone only system drive, please refer to transfer everything from C drive to SSD.
Except for cloning, when move all partitions on laptops, you can also try backup & restore feature with AOMEI Backupper. In short, create disk backup image for current disk and storing to a place where you can access later, then create a bootable USB drive with the software, then shut down computer and replace hard drive with SSD.
Then boot the bare machine with the bootable drive, and finally restore the disk image to the SSD (dissimilar hardware restore is supported). Shut down computer; remove the bootable drive and then restart.
For a complete hard drive replacing, cloning all partitions to SSD drive is necessary. However, finding a reliable cloning tool is important as well. AOMEI Backupper does a great job in cloning disk to another disk completely. Don’t hesitate to get it.
What’s more, AOMEI Backupper is also professional backup software that could protect your computer with System Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup, File Sync, etc. features. Create a recovery disk with the software for your PC just in case.