By AOMEI / Last Updated October 24, 2019

Cloning Windows 7 hard drive usages

Why clone hard disk in Windows7? Generally, there are two reasons responsible for this idea:

1. Upgrade hard drive.

  • Users usually replace their old hard disk drive with a new larger HDD for a big capacity. This usually happens when you run out of the space of your hard disk, or the space is going to run out.

  • Sometimes users also move their data on old hard drive to an SSD for a good performance. This action is determined by its merits: fast speed, noiseless operation, low consumption, etc.

2. Backup hard drive.

Users backup their data for avoiding data loss if their hard disk is damaged or gets virus attack. Hence, cloning Windows 7 hard drive is a safe and reliable method.

The best free hard drive cloning software for Windows 7

When you move your data from hard disk to other hard disk drive or solid state disk, you may try to find a hard disk cloning software free download for Windows 7 to help you. But you may worry about its features and price. Is there a reliable cloning freeware?

Certainly, AOMEI Backupper Standard, free HDD clone software for Windows 7, provides you with good qualities. By default, this freeware only copies the used sectors on the source drive. Thus, users are allowed to clone larger drive to smaller drive. Besides, it works well to improve the working performance of your cloned SSD.

Other merits like simple interface or operating speed also are praised by a lot of users. This free HDD cloning software for Windows 7 is easy to operate. You can use it by following steps:

Detailed steps of cloning hard disk in Windows 7 – easy and simple

You must connect your new HDD or SSD to your computer carefully in the beginning.

Step 1. Go to the official website to download and install this freeware. You can click Clone from the left list. Then choose Disk Clone.

Select Disk Clone

Step 2. Select your old HDD as the Source Disk (Disk 1). Then click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select your new HDD or SSD as the Destination Disk (Disk 2), then you can click Next.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In this interface, you can have a confirmation. If all things are right, you can click Start Clone.

Select Start Clone


  • After cloning, the target drive will be overwritten. If you have some important data on it, you must backup them in advance.

  • If you use an SSD as your destination disk, you can increase the reading and writing speed of your SSD by clicking Align partition to optimize for SSD at Step 4.

  • Sector by sector clone will clone all the sectors of your old hard drive. So, it needs a longer time. The space of your new HDD or SSD must be equal to or larger than the space of the old hard disk. If not, please turn to another one.

  • When you click Edit partitions on the destination disk in Step 4 to resize partitions on the destination disk, you will face three options: Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions and Manually adjust partition size. You can upgrade to the Professional edition to enjoy the last option.


When you replace your old HDD with a new larger HDD for a big capacity or when you replace your old HDD with an SSD for a good performance, you can use AOMEI Backupper Standard. This hard disk cloning software free download for Windows 7 helps you transfer your old hard drive more easily.

With the help of this cloning hard drive Windows 7 freeware, you also can clone HDD to SSHD in Windows 10/8/7. If you just want to transfer OS to SSD, you can turn to system clone provided by AOMEI Backupper Professional.