By AOMEI / Last Updated April 13, 2017

Should you choose SSHD?

Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD), a physical storage device, is integrated by fast storage medium like NAND flash memory and a hard disk drive. If you need to upgrade your hard drive, an SSHD is good choice. You do not need to reinstall Windows and programs as you can clone HDD to SSHD along with everything on it.

By increasing the flash memory to prefetch the data, SSHD has improved performance. You may find this generation of hybrid drive can not only provide a better performance, but reduce the read and write times of hard disk, which can cut down the power consumption and increases the battery life of laptops.

SSD in a hybrid drive is just like a cache for the data stored on the HDD, it can keep the copy of the most frequently used data on the faster SSD to improve the overall performance.

What do you need to clone HDD to a hybrid drive?

A working computer (desktop or laptop) with Windows 10/8/7 installed.

An SSHD drive. You do not need to initialize the new drive before the cloning process.

Cables or adapter to connect the new drive. You can either connect the SSHD internally or externally.

Cloning software.

To ensure the clone process go smooth and the cloned drive boots fine, using a proper hard drive cloning tool is key. Luckily, you can use AOMEI Backupper Standard, a freeware that works in Windows 10/8. 1/8/7.

AOMEI Backupper has perfect support for SSHD to ensure that you can upgrade your HDD to SSHD successfully. It provides Disk Clone and Partition Clone. If you only need the system partition to be transferred to the new disk, you use Partition Clone.

Steps to clone from HDD to SSHD without reinstalling Windows

After you connect the new SSHD to your computer along with the original hard drive, you can follow the 5 steps below to clone the entire hard disk to an SSHD. If your laptop has only one drive bay and you do not have an adapter to connect the new drive externally, you can also use this tool to clone hard drive without SATA-to-USB cable.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard software. Install and launch it.

Step 2: Select Disk Clone under the Clone tab page.

Disk Clone

Step 3: Select the original hard drive that you want to clone as the Source Disk.

Select Source

Step 4: Click the destination disk and select Next to continue.

Select Destination

Step 5: check the box of Align partition to optimize for SSD and then click Start Clone on the final page, and run this operation.

Start Clone


1. If your SSHD has larger capacity that the source disk, you can select Edit partitions on the destination disk to edit the partition size on the destination disk, so it will not leave unallocated space after the clone.

2. If you need to clone every byte on the hard drive, which will take more time, you can select the checkbox before Sector by sector clone.

When the cloning process is complete, which will not take long, you can switch the boot order in BIOS to boot from the cloned drive. Besides using clone feature to clone HDD to SSHD, you can also use backup and restore feature to upgrade to SSHD without reinstalling Windows.