By Ivy / Last update August 17, 2020

Why clone laptop hard drive to SSD?

In recent years, some big brand laptops are equipped with Solid-state drive (SSD) when shipped from their manufacturers. These laptops generally at a high price since SSDs contain more advanced technologies. However, most laptops, which is the typically the case, come with hard disk drive (HDD).

As is known to all, SSD has advantages of faster running speed, lower power consumption, and noiseless working environment and so on. Therefore, users may choose to clone laptop hard drive to SSD to enjoy its advantages. Also, if your laptop comes along with a SSD, you can simply clone SSD to new SSD and get bigger capacity.

What’s more, cloning laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows 7 or other operating systems is a great disaster recovery solution as well. Given that your laptop is corrupted or the hard drive is damaged out of some reasons, you still can keep all data safe with an exact copy of origianl hard disk. And you can make the laptop back to work in the shortest time. 

All in all, no matter what prompts you to clone your hard drive in laptop, the most important thing is how to do it. This is why I write this article. 

How to clone laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows?

To clone a hard drive with Windows OS installed, you have to turn to third-party software because Windows does not provide any disk cloning software. There are many cloning software on the market and choose the right one is of great importance. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a reliable cloning utility that can assist you in completing the task. Another necessary tool is a USB-to-SATA cable, which is used to connect external hard drive, because most laptop only have one internal disk bay. 

In terms of cloning, you have three options in this software, including Disk Clone, System Clone and Partition/Volume Clone. To replace entire laptop hard drive, you could consider using "Disk Clone". To move OS to new SSD, you can enjoy "System Clone" on the AOMEI Backupper Professional. To clone dynamic disk, you need to use "System Clone" and "Partition/Volume Clone".

Method 1: Clone laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows 

With the help of disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can clone laptop hard drive to smaller SSD without any obstacle. Also, it can help you improve the reading/writting speed of SSDs and extend its lifespan with 4k alignment technology. In addition, you can choose to clone all sectors of a hard drive including deleted and formatted part. 

Then, please make preparations in the following.

  • Put a diet on HDD. The disk clone feature requires that the target disk has enough space to hold everything on the source disk. You can delete useless files or uninstall programs that are no longer in use.

  • Backup files on SSD if there are somthing important, because SSD will be overwritten during the cloning process. 

  • Connect SSD to your laptop with USB-to-SATA cable, and make sure it can be detected. Then, check the partition style of both HDDs and SSDs.

  • Download the free disk cloning software and install it on your computer. 

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Step 1. Launch this software, then go to Clone and Disk Clone to start the cloning process.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select source disk (laptop hard drive) and click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select destination disk (SSD) and click Next.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Check SSD Alignment to improve the overall performance of SSD, including faster reading/writting speed, and longer lifespan. Then, click Start Clone and wait for the finaly result.

Clone Laptop Hard Drive to SSD

◑ Don't tick "Sector by sector clone" if you are cloning laptop hard drive to smaller SSD. This option will clone all sectors but your SSD does not have enough space, resulting in cloning failure.
◑ "Edit Partitions" is very useful when you want to clone SSD to larger SSD in Windows 7/8/10. It can help you adjust the partition size of destination disk and make it show full capacity after cloning.
◑ Please make sure that the battery has plenty of power, or the clone process may be suspended.

Step 5. Shut down the laptop after cloning. Swap the hard drive with SSD, change boot order and boot mode (if needed), then press F10 to boot the laptop. Please don't start your computer from an external connect disk, because SATA-to-USB cable does not provide enough power supply.


Method 2: Clone hard drive to SSD in laptop with secure boot

Aforementioned method is one of the solutions. It may fail due to cable connection, inappropriate operations etc. Thus, an alternative solution is necessary to mention.

AOMEI Backupper is also a Windows backup and restore utility, so you can make use of these feature to upgrade hard drive to SSD. During the process, you need three storage device, one for creating bootable media, one for storing backup image, one for replacing hard drive. The bootable media is helpful when the system refuses to boot. 

In a nutshell, you need to create a disk image to a prepared storage, whether it's NAS, network, USB drive, or other devices. Next, create a bootable media (USB or CD/DVD) with this tool. Then, swap the hard drive and SSD, boot the laptop using bootable media and restore the backup image to SSD. Finally, take out the bootable media, set boot priority for SSD in BIOS and restart from it by pressing F10. Please refer to Samsung laptop SSD upgrade kit for detailed steps and screenshots.



In fact, it is not difficult to clone laptop hard drive to SSD, all you need is a trust and reliable disk cloning software and SATA-to-USB adapter. If the cloning process fails, you still can try backup and restore method to achieve the same goal. At the same time, its universal restore feature allows user to restore system/disk image to a computer with different hardware, such as, CPU or motherboard. 

In addition, this software supports cloning all branded SSDs, so you can use above methods to upgrade Acer laptop SSD, clone hard drive to Samsung SSD, clone Seagate HDD to SSD, clone hard drive to SanDisk SSD etc. Also, it supports various disk interface including SATA, NVMe, PCIe, so you still can clone SATA hard drive to SSD, clone IDE hard drive to SATA SSD, clone PCIe SSD, clone NVMe to NVMe etc . Please download AOMEI Backupper Standard and try it yourself.