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Why clone IDE hard drive to SATA?

IDE and SATA are different types of interfaces to connect storage devices to a computer’s system bus. You may clone IDE to SATA for following reasons:

Replace old hard drive with modern hard drive. If your computer is really old, the hard drive may still use IDE. However, modern hard drives and solid state drives (SSDs) use SATA. In this case, you need to clone IDE drive to SATA.
Improve reading and writing speed. IDE has a maximum data transferring rate of 133MB/s while SATA has a maximum data transferring rate of 6GB/s. Cloning IDE to SATA hard drive will speed up your computer greatly.

What’s more, cloning IDE hard drive to SATA helps you upgrade hard drive without reinstalling Windows. All data on the source IDE disk including the operating system, applications, and user files will be transferred to the destination SATA disk. Compared to doing a fresh install, performing disk clone saves you much time and efforts.

Preparations for IDE hard drive cloning to SATA

Before you start cloning IDE hard drive to SATA, you should do following preparations:

1. Check whether your computer board supports SATA. If it does, you just need a SATA cable and power cable to connect the SATA disk to your computer; if not, then you should buy an IDE-to-SATA adapter to connect your SATA drive.


2. Get a SATA HDD/SSD. If you want to enjoy even faster speed, a SATA SSD is recommended.

3. Find a reliable hard drive duplicator. 

Free disk cloning software to clone IDE to SATA

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free disk clone software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, comes to help. Why you choose AOMEI Backupper?

  • First, it’s free and easy-to-use. Its concise interface makes it easy to operate even for a computer novice.

  • Then, it is embedded with the Disk Clone and Partition Clone feature which can help you clone a whole disk or a single partition. With the Disk Clone feature, you are able to clone a larger HDD to a smaller SSD without shrinking partitions on the larger drive to fit the smaller drive, because the program will do it automatically. Upgrading a smaller drive to a larger drive is also supported.

  • What’s more, the destination disk will boot successfully after cloning. You don’t need to worry about boot issues!

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How to copy IDE hard drive to SATA SSD simply?

Bear in mind that the target SATA SSD will be overwritten during the cloning process. So if there’s important data on it, be sure to backup files beforehand. Learn how to clone IDE hard drive to SATA via AOMEI Backupper as follows:

Step 1. Connect the target SATA SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected.

 Note: If your system can’t recognize the SATA drive, then restart your computer, change SATA Controller Mode to IDE Mode in BIOS and try again.

Step 2. Run AOMEI Backupper. Click Clone on the left pane and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

 Note: To migrate only OS from IDE hard drive to the SATA drive, you will need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use the System Clone feature. You can also clone system disks between different partition styles (MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR) with the Pro edition.

Step 3. Select the original IDE hard drive as the source disk and click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Select the SATA SSD that you previously connected to your computer as the destination disk and click Next.

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. Tick SSD Alignment to enhance SSD performance. Then, confirm the operation and click Start Clone.

Start Clone

>> Sector by sector clone: it will clone every sector on the source IDE disk no matter if it contains any data or not. It requires the destination disk to be equal to or larger than the source disk.

How to boot from the cloned SATA drive?

1. Restart your computer, and press a particular key (usually Del or F2) while it is booting to enter BIOS.

2. Go to the Boot tab. Use the “↓” or “↑” key to highlight Hard Drive and press Enter to show all hard drives on your computer.

Change Boot Order

3. Select your SATA drive and use the “+” or “-” key to move it to the first order.

4. Press F10 and select Yes to save changes. Restart your computer and it will boot from your SATA drive now.


AOMEI Backupper makes it easy to clone IDE hard drive to SATA. You won’t concern about hard drive sizes or boot failure if you clone IDE hard drives with AOMEI Backupper. Apart from the clone feature, AOMEI Backupper is professional backup and sync software that can help you with data backup and file transfer. You are also allowed to create bootable media to boot your computer in case of boot failure. Go for this tool right now and discover more!