By Lily / Last update June 21, 2022

About Crucial SSD install kit

If you want to clone HDD to Crucial SSD, you may think of buying the Crucial SSD install kit, which seems to include everything you need for cloning a hard drive to an SSD. The SSD install kit is available in the Crucial official site, and you can buy it for 24.99 dollars. The kit includes data transfer software, a USB-to-SATA cable, a 3.5-inch adapter bracket, few mounting screws, and standard SATA cable.

However, this may not be good enough. The version of included data transfer software is old, and it is not compatible with GPT formatted hard drives. If you want to install your Crucial SSD in a desktop, you still need a SATA power cable besides what is included in the install kit. If you are not willing to pay for this kit, you can also use free SSD cloning software that fully supports GPT disks to clone hard drive to Crucial SSD.

Best free Crucial SSD clone software for Windows 11/10/8/7

Talking about free cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Standard tops the list. You can benefit a lot from its following features:

  • It allows you to clone large hard drive to smaller SSD or clone smaller SSD to larger SSD with ease.
  • You can make the clone while Windows is running. No bootable medium is needed to boot your computer in order to use the cloning software.
  • If your computer is suffering from boot error, you can use it to create a bootable USB disk or CD/DVD to perform the clone without loading Windows.

How to clone a hard drive to Crucial SSD

To clone HDD to SSD Crucial, there are only a few steps needed.

1. Connect your Crucial SSD to your desktop with SATA cable. Or use SATA-to-USB cable to connect the SSD to your laptop externally.

2. Download and run the free cloning software.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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3. After the program loads successfully, click on "Clone" and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Notes:
✿ If you want to clone only OS, you can select “System Clone” after upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional. 
✿ Except for cloning MBR system disk, you can also clone a system disk from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT with the Pro edition.

❔ Both MBR and GPT are two different disk types for data storage. And you can check its disk properties in Disk Management. The overall steps are below:

  • Press Win + R to open the Run window. Then, type diskmgmt.msc and hit OK to open disk management.
  • Then, right-click the disk you want to clone and select Properties in the pop-up window.
  • In the Properties window, select the Volume tab and confirm the partition style. It can be MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Disk Partition Style

  • Similarly, check the disk partition tyle of the destination disk. If it is still MBR, you can clone HDD to Crucial SSD for free. 

4. Select the hard drive as source disk and Crucial SSD as destination disk successively.

Select Disk

5. Tick "SSD Alignment" to accelerate the reading and writing speed of the destination SSD. Click the "Start Clone" to start the cloning process.

Start Clone

Also, you can use Sector by sector clone to keep the old partition layout or Edit Partitions to adjust the partition size on the destination disk. And the later one is more practical, since it resolves two potential issues during the cloning process. 

#1: The cloned drive not show full capacity.

By default, all the cloning software makes an exact copy of source disk unless you change the partition size while cloning. To prevent this from the beginning, try the following 3 options. And the last two options are available on the Professional version.

👉 Copy without resizing partitions: It will not resize the partition size.

👉 Add unused space to all partitions: It will reallocate the unallocated space to each partition of the target disk, appropriate for the disk size.

👉 Manually adjust partition size: It allows you to extend unallocated space to any partition on the destination disk you want. 

Add Unused Space

#2: The cloned drive not bootable after cloning.

One of the biggest reason is the destination and source disk has different partition style and you don't convert them to the same before cloning. In this situation, you can simply check Convert the destination disk from MBR to GPT or vice versa, depending on the disk partition styles of them. 

Summary 

When the clone is in process, you can still use the computer to do your work. When the clone is done, you can boot your computer and change the SSD as first boot device to boot from the new cloned SSD.

AOMEI Backupper also provides backup and restore functions, so you can also backup the hard drive and restore to the SSD when you want to upgrade to SSD rather than clone HDD to Crucial SSD. Go for it and have a try.