By Teresa / Last Updated July 30, 2019

Duplicate hard drive to SSD for upgrade

When you duplicate a hard drive, you make a copy of this hard drive including installed operating system, programs, software and created files. If you duplicate HDD to SSD, to some extent, you are cloning hard drive to SSD. Nowadays, cloning regular hard drive to another disk especially to the new favorite in disk industry, SSD, becomes a common phenomenon. Most users do this aiming at upgrade their computer hard drive and the benefits of using SSD are known to all. The most obvious change is computer runs faster than ever.

Surely, some users will duplicate hard drive to external hard drive or portable hard drive. This part of users do this may be out of security problems. If you have spare hard drive, it is not a bad choice to use it as hard drive duplication. Once your current hard drive goes bad or system corrupted one day, you can keep everything back to normally with a very short time. You probably have other reasons to duplicate a hard drive, but that’s not the most important thing at present. Yes, find a way out count now.

Duplicate hard drive software – AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a trusty and reliable backup & restore & clone solution especially designed for Windows OS, such as Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista. As for duplicating a hard drive, the Disk Clone feature is the most suitable one. Disk Clone will clone all partitions and their contents to appointed place that is SSD in this article.

What’s more, this software provides two cloning methods. On the one hand, you can duplicate hard drive to another disk with intact copy using bit by bit clone. For instance, when you want to keep the same partition layout on target SSD or recover deleted/formatted partition on hard drive, try this one. On the other hand, you can clone only used part of the hard drive to SSD, which is called Flexible Clone. For example, when the new purchased SSD is smaller than your current hard drive, you can try this one. You can complete this task while handling other works, which is called Hot Clone.

How to duplicate hard drive in Windows 10?

Before you start, you need to know there are some differences between duplicate laptop hard drive and desktop’s. The main reason is that laptop has only one internal disk bay and it is hard to add external drive. Therefore, to duplicate a hard drive to SSD in laptop directly, you’ll need an USB-to-SATA cable. Then all left are the same with operating on desktop. However, the cloning with USB cable method sometimes will fail due to cable connection or others. So it is suggested to try backup and restore method on laptop to ensure the success. For more information with screenshots, please refer to Sony laptop hard drive upgrade.

Duplicate hard drive to SSD on desktop

Step 1. Install the SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Go Clone and then Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select current hard drive as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination disk.

Destination Disk

Step 4. Select the cloning method based on your needs. By default, it will clone only used part of the hard drive. Tick Align partition to optimise for SSD box since the target disk is a SSD and then click Start Clone.

Operation Summary

Step 5. Shut down the PC on completion. Swap the hard drive with SSD. To test SSD thoroughly, it is suggested keep only SSD with the computer and boot it. If everything goes normal, you can installed previous hard drive back and change boot priority in BIOS.


  • *You can edit partitions on SSD before starting clone. Sector by sector clone will make this option invalid.

  • *You may want to format C drive on hard drive and make full use of that space.

Bottom line

Hard drive duplication can be easy if you have right solution and patience. Either to duplicate hard drive to SSD, external drive or another new hard drive, the fundamental is the same, keep all data safe and make things easier. Other than being hard drive duplicate software, AOMEI Backupper is also a HP USB image tool. You can keep this tool on your computer because it is an alternative to File Historyand Backup and Restore as well.