By AOMEI / Last Updated October 17, 2019

Upgrade SATA hard drive to SSD

The SATA controllers and hard drives were first in traduced in 2002, and they have been largely used since. If you ever want better I/O speed, you can upgrade hard disk drive (HDD) with a solid-state drive (SSD). Regular SSDs all are also using SATA, so you can easily buy an SSD to replace your SATA drive.

Instead of reinstalling Windows and all programs on new SSD, you may prefer to clone SATA hard drive to SSD to avoid the trouble. To make it, SATA to SSD clone software is needed.

Free SATA to SSD clone software

There are many tools that can be used to clone SATA hard drive to SSD. Here, AOMEI Backupper Standard is recommended because it’s completely free and of excellent performance regarding hard drive cloning.

  • It can help you clone large HDD to smaller SSD as long as the used space is smaller than SSD disk.

  • It allows you to clone MBR to GPT (supported by the Professional version) directly or verse vice without the need to convert partition style.

  • For SSDs, there is an extra option for SSD optimization, so your SSD will be of better performance if you use this option.

Additionally, it is so user-friendly that all the operations can be easily managed. Check the next part to see how to clone SATA to SSD in Windows 10/8/7 step by step.

How to clone SATA to SSD along with Windows 10/8/7

If what you have is a desktop, you can connect your SSD to your computer via SATA cable and power cable. If it is a laptop, you can connect the SSD via a SATA-to-USB adapter. After the clone, you can replace your original SATA disk with the cloned SSD. After making sure the SATA drive and your SSD are both connected to your computer, you can follow the steps below to perform the hard drive cloning:

1. Download and run free AOMEI Backupper Standard on your computer.

2. At the Home screen, click the “Clone” button and then select “Disk Clone” to clone SATA to SSD. If you only need to transfer OS instead of the whole hard drive, you can choose “System Clone”, which is supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Disk Clone

3. Click on the SATA disk to specify it as the source disk and in the next screen, specify SSD as destination disk by clicking on it, and then click “Next”.

Select Disk

4. At the Operation Summary screen, check the option “SSD Alignment” since the destination disk is an SSD. Then click “Start Clone” to run the disk clone.

Start Clone

Then you can go back to do other work with this computer while the clone is in process. You can also create a bootable media to load the software to clone SATA disk to SSD without loading Windows.


Now you know how to clone SATA to SSD in Windows 10/8/7. You can make it in only a few clicks with AOMEI Backupper Standard. In this way, you do not need to reinstall Windows OS or speed time transferring files.

By the way, AOMEI Backupper Standard not only can help you clone hard drive but also can help you backup your computer. It offers system backup, full backup, disk backup, and partition backup. You can set scheduled backup task to protect the data you will never want to lose.