By Lily / Last update November 10, 2021

Why do you need Dell hard drive cloning software?

Dell computers enjoy great popularity around the world. There are a variety of Dell models which serve different needs, such as the Inspiron line for home or home-office use and the Latitude line for small business or corporate needs.

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If you have used a Dell computer for a long time, you may want to clone Dell hard drive for following reasons:

Replace Dell hard drive with SSD. As a result, you can enjoy the benefits brought by an SSD, like fast speed, low power consumption, noiseless operation, etc.
Upgrade current hard drive to a larger drive. It will also help to reduce the booting time of your computer and the loading time of installed programs or applications.

To make the cloning process easy and secure, specialized Dell hard drive cloning software is necessary.

Free Dell hard drive cloning software – best of all

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free hard drive cloning software for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, comes to help. You can benefit a lot from its following features:

  • Disk Clone: it allows you to clone all data on a hard disk to another disk, including the operating system, applications, and user files. You can clone Dell HDD to SSD or clone an SSD to a larger SSD easily using Disk Clone.

  • Partition Clone: it enables you to clone a particular partition on a disk. You may use Partition Clone to copy Ext4 partition, NTFS partition, etc.

  • SSD Alignment: it will help to improve SSD’s performance and prolong its lifespan if you are cloning hard drive to an SSD.

  • Sector by Setcor Clone: it will help if you want to clone all sectors of a hard drive to another. And it can avoid system reserved partition missing error if the disk is with Windows installed.

What’s more, with the user-friendly interface, even a computer novice can complete the cloning process smoothly. And it not only applies to Dell hard drive but also other disk brands, such as, Seagate, WD, SanDisk, etc. Wanna have a try? Download and install this Dell cloning software right now!

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How to clone Dell HDD to an SSD in Windows 11/10/8/7 easily

Bear in mind that the target SSD will be overwritten during the cloning process. So if there’s important data on it, be sure to backup files beforehand. 

How to clone Dell hard drive to SSD via AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Connect the target SSD to your Dell computer and make sure it is detected. Run AOMEI Backupper, click Clone from the left list and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Note: The Standard edition only supports cloning system disks between MBR and MBR. If you want to clone system disks from GPT to GPT, MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR, please turn to higher editions.

Step 2. Select the Dell hard drive as the source disk (here is Disk 0) and click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination SSD you just connected to your PC (here is Disk 2) and click Next.    

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In the Operation Summary interface, choose SSD Alignment to boost the performance of SSD disk. After confirmation, you can click Start Clone to clone dell hard drive to SSD.

Start Clone

>> Edit Partitions: there are four options – “Copy without resizing partitions”, “Add unused space to all partitions”, “Manually adjust partition size”, and "Convert the destination disk from MBR to GPT". You may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to use the last three options to resize partitions or convert disk type on the destination disk.
>> Sector by sector clone: all sectors on the source disk will be cloned no matter if they are used or not. It requires that your SSD is equal to or larger than the original Dell HDD. 

Step 5. Wait until the cloning process is complete. Then, replace the Dell HDD with the cloned SSD. Your computer should be able to boot from the cloned SSD without errors.

Note: If the cloned SSD works well after a period of time, you can reformat the Dell hard drive and take it as your second storage device.

(Fixed) cloned SSD won't boot Dell 

Some users may encounter problems cloning Dell hard drive - cloned SSD won't boot. The most common scenario is to clone Dell hard drive with disk clone software - Macrium.

If you are in such case, you can choose to create a rescue media using Macrium, boot the system from it and clone the hard drive again. Please remember to disconnect the original drive before you boot the cloned drive the first time.  

Rescue Media Macrium

Also, some users solved this problem by disabling another hard disk in the BIOS. You should go to BIOS > select Boot and Hard  Disk Drives> select 2nd Boot Device and Disable > save changes and restart from the 1st Boot Device.

Disable 2nd Boot Device

Summary

If you plan to upgrade Dell hard drive to an SSD or a larger drive, you can turn to the best free Dell hard drive cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. It offers two disk clone types and many useful features to improve the experience, for example, you can choose to further improve performance of SSD disk with its "SSD Alignment" feature.

Actually, it is not just a specialized cloning program. It also offers the backup and recovery functions. You can use it to backup multiple drives in Windows 10. Go for this tool and discover more!