By Ivy / Last update October 29, 2020

Why do I perform data migration to SSD?

SSDs are new type of disk that can be used to store data like operating systems, applications, files etc. And it's frequently used to replace traditional hard drives(HDDs) in Windows 7 and later. More so, some latest PCs are equipped with SSDs when shipped from their manufacturers. Needless to say, SSDs have more advantages than HDDs, such as lower power consumption, noiseless working environment, faster running speed and stronger strike-resistance.

Besides, data migration to new SSD can also be regarded as a backup, so you can get your data back in the shortest time in the even of disaster. Surely, you can do real backup for your computer hard drive yet an image restore process is inevitable. Directly data migration saves you much time and effort.

Data Migration to SSD

What is the best free data migration software for Windows?

Some well-known branded SSDs have their own data migration tool or data transfer kit like Samsung Data Migration (SDM) to help users migrate all of their data (operating system, application software, and personal data) to Samsung SSD, but it's limited to this. Meanwhile, you may encounter problems during the migration process, Samsung data migration not responding, Samsung data migration on non Samsung SSD, for example. 

Therefore, it's necessary for users to use the best free data migration software to move data to SSD, which will make the process simple and efficient. Here I strongly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Standard. It allows yo to move everything on a disk including OS and data on it with " Disk Clone", and transfer data on a specific partition with "Partition Clone", whether you are currently using Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10. 

Also, you can clone all sectors of a disk or partition with "Sector by sector clone" and speed up the reading & writting speed of an SSD disk with “SSD Alignment”. More so, you can use it to clone all branded SSDs, including Samsung SSD, Kingstone SSD, Intel SSD, SanDisk SSD etc.

How do I migrate data from HDD to SSD in simple steps?

Preparations for data migration to SSD:

  • Get a new SSD, and initialize the disk in the disk management if it's not.

  • Install the SSD on your desktop computer. If it's a laptop, please purchase a USB-to-SATA or USB-to-IDE cable to connect the disk for cloning.

  • Check the capacity of both disk. Usually, the new SSD needs to be larger than or equal to your old drive, which refers to the used space. If not, the cloning process may fail eventually.

  • Download the Windows data migration tool for SSD - AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it on your computer. 

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Things to know before data migration with AOMEI Backupper Standard:

  • All data on the destination disk will be overwritten finally, so please backup important files in advance.

  • You can HDD/SSD, MBR disk or GPT disk.

  • You can clone hard drive with different size, namely, clone disk to lager disk and clone large HDD to smaller SSD.

Now, without further ado, let's get started to move data to SSD with the following steps.

1. Launch this software, and you will see its deep-blue interface. Go to Clone > Disk Clone in order.

Disk Clone

Note: The disk clone feature in AOMEI Backupper Standard only support cloning system disk with the same partition style, for example, clone MBR to MBR. To clone MBR disk to GPT and vice versa, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

2. Select the old HDD as the source disk (Here is Disk1) and click Next.

Select Source Disk

3. Select the new SSD (Here is Disk2) as the destination disk and click Next.

Select Destination Disk

4. Tick SSD Alignment to make SSD reach its best performance and extend the lifespan. Finally, click Start Clone to start data migration. 

Data Migration to SSD

Note: "Sector by sector clone" and "Edit Partition(supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional)" help you resolve some potential problems, but they cannot exist at the same time. To clone all sectors of a disk or partition, you could use "Sector  by sector clone". To make full use of disk space on the new SSD, you could use "Edit Partitions". 

Tip: AOMEI Backupper Standrd is still a free backup and restore software, so you can use it to migrate OS to SSD free with "System Backup" & "System Restore". Also, it allows you to create a bootable media to boot computer when it fails.


There are many data migration tools for you to perform data migration to SSD, Samsung Data Migration, for example, but it's limited to their own SSD. Therefore, it's a wise move to use a software like AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is compatible with all kinds of SSDs. You can use it to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD, Clone HDD to Crucial SSD, clone SATA disk to SSD, clone Seagate HDD to SSD, replace laptop HDD with SSD, and more. Just download the freeware to have a try right now!