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Scenario

“I have purchased a 120 GB Intel 530 SSD and use it as system disk and the operating system of my computer is Windows 10. However, the capacity of this SSD can’t satisfy the decreasing demands of space. Thus, I plan to replace it with a larger SSD. 480 GB Intel 535 SSD or Intel 730 SSD will be my choice. 

I don’t want to reinstall my original operating system and other applications and I decide to clone Intel SSD to another SSD. What I wonder is that how can i copy Intel SSD to another SSD in Windows 10?”

The benefits of SSD cloning

As what described in the Scenario, it is fact that SSD cloning is able to help you to upgrade Intel SSD to larger one while keeping all the content on the original SSD. Actually, that’s not all of the benefits of cloning SSD and you can realize more in the following text:

  • Data migration – SSD cloning manages to transfer all the data including operating system on one SSD to another SSD, thus you don't need to reinstall Windows and programs you will use in the near future. Then you can boot Windows system from the new disk.

  • Data security – It is not rare that Windows system crashes due to some accidents such as virus attack. If you have cloned your SSD to another disk, then you can simply replace the original SSD with the cloned disk and everything is “OK”.

Since SSD cloning can help you in many aspects, it is time to learn the best free Intel data migration software and how to clone Intel SSD to another SSD with it in the part below.

Best free Intel data migration software

To clone Intel SSD to another SSD, you will need a trust and reliable data migration software for SSD. like other product manufacturers, Intel provides you a software that comes along with your Intell hard drive. But Intel ended support for this software in March 2020  and you might encounter Intel Data Migration Software not working issue.

In such case, it is a reasonable choice to turn to another software, I strongly recommend free disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard. By using it, you can easily clone SSD to another SSD or HDD with  the help of “Disk Clone” function in this software. Below are some obvious advantages of it: 

✧Live disk cloning: It enables you to clone disk without interrupting running system. That is to say, this tool will not waste your time while cloning SSD to another SSD or HDD.
✧ Sector by sector clone: It allows you  to clone all sectors of a hard disk to another one, for example, you can clone Intel SSD to another SSD.
✧ SSD Alignment: It can help you get the best performance of SSD disk by further improving the reading and writing speed of it. 
✧ Different SSD brands support: it allows you to clone Intel SSD to another Intel SSD or other branded SSDs, like Samsung SSD, Patriot SSD, and Crucial SSD, etc. By comparison, Intel Data Migration Software does not work with other SSDs.

In addition, if you don't mind investing a little bit more, you could adjust partition size of target disk to avoid unallocated space after cloning. Also, you can enjoy more in the professional vesion of AOMEI Backupper, such as, clone 2TB MBR to 3TB GPT without leaving unallocated space, clone dynamic Disk in Windows 7, migrate OS to smaller SSD, etc.

How to easily migrate data from Intel SSD to another SSD?

Here you will learn how to migrate data from Intell SSD to another SSD with SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Here are things you need to note:

  • The free version of AOMEI Backupper only supports cloning MBR system disk to MBR. If you want to clone GPT to GPT or clone system disk between GPT and MBR, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional first. 
  • If your computer only has one slot for connecting or it's a laptop, you need to prepare a way to connect the new SSD disk. 
  • Be sure the new SSD has enough space to hold all the data on the Intel SSD disk.
  • In order to avoid data loss, you’d better backup SSD with a free backup software. AOMEI Backupper Standard can do you a big favor. 

Then, download AOMEI Backupper Standard and create a backup for your SSD disk. After that, follow the steps below to clone Intel SSD to another SSD.

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Step 1. Connect another SSD to your computer and ensure it can be detected. Then, open AOMEI Backupper Standard and Select “Disk Clone” under tab “Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Choose the Intel SSD as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the new SSD as the destination disk and click “Next”

Select Destination Disk

 

Step 4. Check “SSD Alignment” to make the new SSD at its best performance. Then, click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • By default, AOMEI Backupper just clones the existing data on the disk and will not clone these deleted data. If you want to copy all the data (whether it has been deleted or not), you can choose the “Sector by sector clone" option.

  • The option “Edit Partitions(available in the professional version)” allows you to make full of disk space on the new SSD by adjust its partition size before clicking Start Clone.  

After cloning, you will get an exact copy of Intel SSD disk. To ensure it's feasible, you still need to replace Intel SSD with new one to let your computer boot from it. If it's not bootable, change the boot priority of cloned SSD disk and try again. Still having problem, please check cloned SSD won't boot.

Conclusion

How to clone Intel SSD to another SSD easily?  You could use Intel data migration software, but this software has ended its lifespan in March 2020.  And it does not work properly. Thus, it's suggested to use Intel data migration software replacement - AOMEI Backupper Standard, which make the cloning process easy and safe.

It allows you to clone Intel SSD to another SSD successfully and ensure secure boot, including Samsung SSD, WD SSD, Sandisk SSD, etc. And it provides you Intelligent Clone and Sector by sector clone options, so you can use it to clone only used sectors or all sectors of a hard disk to another. In addition, it still help you boost the performance of SSD disk by 4k alignment technology.

Beside Disk Clone feature, it still supports system clone and partition clone in all the Windows system, including  Windows 7/8/10, Windows XP and Windows Vista. And the previous feature is very useful, especially when your target disk does not have enough space to contain everything on the source disk. If you are in such case, please upgrade the free version of AOMEI Backupper to professional.