By Lily / Last Updated February 7, 2020

When to clone Dell laptop hard drive?

Staying at the forefront of innovation and the computing experience, Dell laptops, desktops and tablets are favored by a number of users. In spite of the superb performance brought by the original hard drives, some users encounter following situations:

“Hi I just got a new laptop and I would like to upgrade it to a SSD 1TB but how do I transfer my data and OS to the new SSD when I get it.”

“Diagnostics is telling me that my hard drive is failing. I intend buying a new SATA drive but larger capacity. I am on Windows 10. What is the simplest way to copy/clone the whole drive, OS and all, onto the new drive and then slip the new drive back into the laptop as if nothing has changed!”

Dell Laptop

As you see, it is necessary to clone Dell laptop hard drive when you want to upgrade the current hard drive to a new drive with better performance and larger capacity. And you need Dell laptop hard drive replacement cloning in case that the current hard drive refuses to work some day. Then, how to clone Dell hard drive safely and efficiently?

Top two ways to clone Dell laptop hard drive

Here I’m going to show you top two ways to clone Dell laptop hard drive in Windows 10. If you plan to upgrade your Dell hard drive to a Samsung SSD, you can follow method 1; if you prepare to clone to other SSD brands, method 2 is applicable.

Method 1: Clone Dell laptop hard drive using specific cloning software

Although Dell doesn’t provide users with Dell hard drive cloning software, some SSD manufacturers offer disk cloning software to help users upgrade HDD to SSD, such as VisionTek USB 3.0 Universal SSD Installation Kit, Samsung Data Migration and so on. Let’s take Samsung Data Migration for example. Learn how to clone Dell laptop hard drive to a Samsung SSD below:

1. Connect the Samsung SSD to your computer and ensure it is recognized. Run Samsung Data Migration. In the “Start” page, click on Start in the bottom right hand corner.

Samsung Data Migration

2. You’ll see the Disk Analysis and Cloning menu then. Confirm the source and the target disk listed here and click on Start to begin the migration process.

3. Wait until the process is finished. Shut down your computer and replace the old hard drive with the new Samsung SSD. You will get the system and all your data back instantly.

Simple as it looks like, errors occur sometimes—users are confronted with Samsung Data Migration cloning failed, Samsung Data Migration access violation and the like. Additionally, these utilities only support SSDs of the corresponding manufacturer. Is there such cloning software that fits all? The answer is YES.

Method 2: Clone Dell laptop hard drive via an all-around freeware

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best backup software for free, comes to help. With the Disk Clone feature, you can copy old hard drives to SSDs of all common brands, including Samsung, Crucial, PNY, WD, etc. You can also copy a specific partition using Partition Clone. All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Click the download button below to securely download AOMEI Backupper:

Detailed steps to clone Dell laptop hard drive to an SSD:

Step 1. Connect the target SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the current hard drive as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination SSD you have connected to your computer and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Tick “SSD Alignment”. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

Step 5. Shut down your computer and replace the current hard drive with the cloned SSD. You may use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the original hard drive.


  • The destination disk will be completely overwritten. Backup the destination disk before you start clone if there are important data on it.

  • The Standard edition only supports clone Dell hard drive from MBR to MBR or GPT to GPT.

  • If you want to clone OS only to the destination SSD, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use System Clone feature. You can also resize partitions on the destination SSD with AOMEI Backupper Professional.


To clone Dell laptop hard drive to an SSD, you can use either SSD manufacturers’ utilities or AOMEI Backupper. Compared with SSD manufacturers’ utilities, AOMEI Backupper supports different brands of SSDs and provides more advanced options like sector by sector clone. In addition to the clone feature, AOMEI Backupper is built-in with the backup & restore functions. You are enabled to run system restore from BIOS in Windows 7 via AOMEI Backupper. Go for this tool at once!