How to Clone Large HDD to Smaller SSD Successfully (Free)?

This article tells how to clone from large hard drive to smaller SSD successfully and ensures secure boot when cloning Windows 10/8/7 to SSD. Step by step guide is provided.

November 6, 2015

Can I clone large HDD to Smaller SSD?

"My current hard drive has accompanied me for 5 years and now it is time to replace it with a new one. The solid state drive (SSD) is recommended by many computer users and I bought one already, yet my current HDD is 500 GB in size and the SSD is 60 GB in size. Is there any possible way to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD? I guess the stored data could fit. Thanks."

On the market, there are many disk cloning software on the internet can only allow you to clone disk to larger disk. Thus, users may have a question, that is, "Can I clone large HDD to smaller SSD?"

Don’t be confused. You are allowed to clone HDD to smaller SSD as long as the used space on the HDD is smaller than or equal to SSD.

Why clone large HDD to smaller SSD?

Hard drive upgrading is not uncommon nowadays. More and more users are seeking for better performance on computer. In general, several main reasons account for cloning to smaller SSD.

Well, how do you perform the task easily and with least worries? Since Windows misses the cloning feature, you have to turn to third-party disk cloning software. But which one should you choose from dazzled tools?

Powerful software to clone to smaller SSD in Windows

To clone larger HDD to smaller SSD, you can consider AOMEI Backupper Standard. It is able to clone from large disk to smaller disk due to its professional technologies. The partitions will be automatically adjusted aiming to fit the smaller SSD during cloning progress. Further, For SSD cloning, it offers a special option to improve SSD’s performance and prolong its lifespan, named “SSD Alignment”. An option will be seen at the final confirm page.

It fully supports UEFI, so it allows you to clone MBR to GPT disk or back without disk conversion. What’s more, the cloning process will be running in the background and it won’t interrupt you using the PC. Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista are supported.

Let's see how to complete the task together.

How to clone bigger HDD to smaller SSD step by step?

Within the intuitive interface, AOMEI Backupper allows you to clone larger hard drive to smaller SSD free with a few simple steps. In the first place, connect or install the smaller SSD to your computer.

Start to clone larger drive to smaller SSD with the detailed steps.

1. Download and install this software on your computer, and open it.

2. Click on “Disk Clone” under Clone tab.

3. Select the source disk by clicking on the large HDD, and click on "Next". Then click on the small SSD to mark it as the destination disk, and click “Next” to continue.

4. Check the option “SSD Alignment”, which is essential to achieve the best performance of the SSD. Then click “Start Clone” to begin to clone hard drive to SSD.

5. (Optional) To boot from the cloned SSD, you have to replace HDD with SSD manually and change boot order in BIOS.

Tips: If the used space on the source disk is larger than the SSD disk, you still can only migrating operating system to SSD. To do so, please upgrade to superior versions.

You can also clone large HDD to smaller SSD with laptop, clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD, Clone 500GB HDD to 256GB SSD, clone hard drive in Windows 10 to new disk with the same steps.

Beside, AOMEI Backupper has also been taken as an excellent backup and restore software. It provides the most common used solutions to protect your data, including system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, and file sync. Scheduled backup is also supported.

The End

To clone larger HDD to smaller SSD, AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you. The premise is that the SSD is enough to hold everything on your HDD. If not, you still can only migrate OS to smaller SSD.

Don’t be hesitate. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and try it yourself. If you are using server, you can use AOMEI Backupper Server.