EZ GIG IV for Windows Alternative - AOMEI Backupper

You will find the best EZ Gig IV alternative - AOMEI Backupper to clone hard drive to SSD without losing data, and ensure it’s bootable.


By Ivy Updated on November 30, 2022

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About Apricorn EZ Gig IV

Apricorn EZ Gig IV is a cloning software with data select for Windows to upgrade your hard drive to another. It is compatible with the latest Apricorn Upgrade products such as SATA Wire, mSATA Wire, Drivewire, EZ upgrade and Velocity Solo. It allows you to:

  • Clone one hard drive to another including programs, documents, address books, email, system, and settings.

  • Create bootable media.

  • Clone to a smaller hard drive with the Data Select feature. It will only clone Windows operating system and applications to another drive and keep the data stay on the original hard drive.

Upgrade Hard Drive with EZ GIG IV Cloning Software

To upgrade hard drive with EZ GIG IV cloning software, you need different upgrade kits, depending on your computer types.

  • If you are using a notebook or laptop, you could use the Notebook/laptop HDD upgrade kits ($29), including Apricorn’s SATAWire 3.0, and Apricorn EZ GIG IV.

Notebook Laptop HDD Upgrade Kit

  • To upgrade SSD in your Desktop, you could use the Desktop SSD upgrade kit ($49): Velocity Solo, Apricorn EZ GIG IV.

Desktop SSD Upgrade Kit Velocity Solo

After preparing the correct upgrade kits, connect your hard drive or SSD with the computer using the Apricorn upgrade devices. Then, follow steps below to clone hard drive to SSD with EZ GIG IV.

Step 1. Open EZ GIG IV, select Start EZ GIG IV and then Lets Get Started.

EZ GIG IV Get Started

Step 2. Select the source disk, and click Next >.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the hard drive or SSD as the destination disk and press Next >.

EZ GIG IV Select Destination Disk

Step 4. On the Data Select window, exclude the data folder you don’t want to clone and click Next to continue.

Step 5. Press Start Clone to clone hard drive to another disk easily. 

Need a Reliable EZ GIG IV Alternative 

The cloning process of EZ GIG IV is very easy, but you may find it does not work sometimes. Here we summarize some situations in the following:

  • You did not connect the hard drive or SSD using Apricorn upgrade devices. If you were not doing so, the EZ GIG IV will show you the error: Device not found, EZ Gig IV was unable to find your Apricorn upgrade device .... So please ensure you connect the disk using Apricorn upgrade device.

EZ GIG IV Device Not Found

  • EZ GIG IV not recognize drive. This is also a connection error. Just check if the new hard drive is detected in BIOS and Disk Management, if not, please reconnect it.
  • Besides, you might get other errors, such as, EZ Gig IV read errors, Apricorn SATA Wire not recognized windows 10, EZ GIG IV cloning failed, etc.

All in all, it’s quite inconvenient and not enough reliable. It’s time for an EZ Gig IV alternative.

Best Alternative to EZ GIG IV - AOMEI Backupper Professional

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a powerful Apricorn cloning software for Windows PCs, like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and 11 to clone hard drive to larger one, even smaller one, without any issues. And it is highly recommended by millions of users due to its outstanding performance, comprehensive features, and intuitive interface.

Besides, you will find the following benefits:

  • Clone disk, clone system, or clone partition as you want.

  • clone HDD to smaller SSD with the intelligent clone method and boot from it successfully. The intelligent clone is the default cloning method for AOMEI Backupper and it clones only used sectors. 

  • Optimize overall performance for the SSD if you are cloning hard drive to SSD.

  • Edit Partitions to fully use the storage space on the destination disk while cloning hard disk to larger disk.

Here are the main differences between  EZ GIG IV and AOMEI Backupper in the following chart.



AOMEI Backupper Professional


$29 or $49


Supported OS


Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10


Disk Clone

System Clone

Clone to Smaller Disk

Create Bootable Media

Partition Clone


Sector by Sector Clone

Edit Partitions

System/Disk/Partition Backup


Full/Incremental/Differential Backup


Universal Restore


Real-Time Sync


Mirror Sync


Two-Way Sync


File/Folder Sync


Command Line Backup/Restore/Clone



  • - means does not support.

  • √ means supported.

Please download the Apricorn cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional 30-day free trial and have a try. (The clone features in free trial can only be demonstrated, please upgrade to enjoy)

Download Free TrialWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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(This version only supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and 11. For those who are running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, and 2022, including R2, please try AOMEI Backupper Server.)

How to Use EZ GIG IV Alternative to Clone Hard Drive 

1. Connect your SSD using SATA to USB cable or via a host, and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Then, launch the Apricorn cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, Choose Disk Clone under the Clone tab.

Choose Disk Clone

2. Choose the hard drive (HDD) that you want to clone, and hit Next.

Choose Source Disk

3. Select the SSD as the destination disk and press Next.

Choose Destination Partitioned HDD

 4. Tick SSD Alignment and press the Start Clone button to clone hard drive with EZ GIG cloning software.

Disk Clone SSD Alignment Checked

Before cloning, there are some settings you could customize:
Edit Partitions allows you to adjust the partition size and location automatically or manually while cloning to fully use the storage space while cloning disk to larger disk.
♤ Sector By Sector Clone will clone all sectors on the hard drive, and the time will be much longer. Uncheck this option will skip bad sectors if exist.

After cloning is finished, you could replace the hard drive with the cloned SSD, and boot from it; Or Restart to enter BIOS or UEFI BIOS to set up the cloned SSD as the first boot device, then boot from the SSD.

The Epilogue

Try the EZ GIG IV alternative - AOMEI Backupper if you have problems using the EZ GIG IV in Windows 11/10/8/7. It offers you reliable performance and gives you more powerful features, such as, clone large HDD to smaller SSD with Intelligent Clone feature, Edit partitions to make full use of disk space, etc. 

Except for the cloning method, it still supports many useful tools, such as using PXE Boot Tool to boot multiple computer and sync files between servers, AOMEI Image Deploy to restore image to multiple computers over a network, Create Portable Version to copy installation package of AOMEI Backupper and run off a flash drive, etc.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.