By Lily / Last update October 9, 2021

Why you need to replace laptop hard drive and transfer data?

After using your laptop for a period of time, you may find that it is hard to reach what you expect. The laptop will become slower and slower, and the free space of your hard drive will become lower and lower. What's worse, the hard drive may be broken.

To make things better, replacing hard drive with larger hard drive or changing it to an SSD should be very helpful to extend your hard drive space and improve the running speed of your laptop. You can transfer all data to another hard drive so that you can replace hard drive without losing data.

Reliable hard drive transfer software for Windows 11/10/8/7

The best free disk clone software - AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you a lot with laptop hard drive replacement. Following are the useful features you need:

  • Disk Clone: it enables you to transfer all data from one hard drive to another, including Windows OS and personal files.
  • SSD Alignment: it can help to optimize SSD performance and prolong its life span. Use this option if you want to replace HDD with SSD.
  • Wide compatibility: AOMEI Backupper supports all editions of Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP and all branded hard disks like Samsung, WD, PNY, and SanDisk.

Stepwise guide to replace laptop hard drive and transfer data

★ Preparations

  • Prepare a larger hard drive or an SSD, and plug it into your laptop. You may need a SATA-to-USB adapter or encloser.

Connect Disk

  • Download and install freeware AOMEI Backupper.
Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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★ Tutorial of replacing laptop hard drive and transferring data

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Choose the Disk Clone function under the Clone tab.

Disk Clone

Note: If you want to transfer only OS, you can select “System Clone” after upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional. You can also clone a system disk from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT with the Pro edition.

Step 2. Select the old hard drive on your laptop as the source disk and the new hard drive you just connected as the destination disk successively.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Check SSD Alignment if the destination disk is an SSD. Then click Start Clone to begin transferring OS and data from one hard drive to another.

Start Clone

★ Tips on secure boot

To boot from the cloned hard drive, follow the steps below:

1. Swap the laptop hard drive with the cloned one.

2. Restart your computer and continuously press ESC, Del, F1, F2, or F12 to enter BIOS. 

3. In the BIOS settings screen, set the cloned drive as the first boot option. Your computer should boot successfully then.