By Ivy / Last Updated July 3, 2020

Upgrading hard drive to SSD may be easiest way to speed up your computer's performance. And then, you may feel your computer is like a brand-new computer, boot faster, run multiple programs smoothly, etc. This can't be done by cleaning up useless files, deleting large files, unintalling programs no longer used, defragmenting hard disk, etc.

Hdd Vs Ssd

The replacement Hard Drive for ASUS Laptop

HDDs and SSDs are both the most popular disk type on the market, but why replace ASUS laptop/desktop hard drive with SSD, and merely use HDD as torage? Here are some reasons, and you ca see from following aspects:

1. The speed of HDD and SSD

Compared with HDDs, SSDs can access to your computer much faster. At the same time, SSDs are able to provide a higher read and write performance when you load files or folders etc. HDDs can meet the needs of most home users. However, to a high-tech talent, it's not good enough. So they are possible to replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD. With SSDs, they can execute multiple tasks at the same time much more conveniently and faster.

2. The security of HDD and SSD

In contrast, SSDs own a greater security than HDDs. Because SSDs does not have any removable parts internally. Vice versa, HDDs have. Thus, SSDs can reduce the possibility of losing data to the most extent. To ensure the security of all data, you'd better replace HDD with SSD.

3. The capacity of HDD and SSD

HDDs are famous for its large capacity and low price. You can save a lot of files, folders, applications into HDDs as you like. But SSDs are much more expensive with the same capacity as HDDs. This is why not all drives are SSDs - it's not suitable for storage. Thus, most of the users will be willing to use SSD for OS and HDD for storage.

In sum, SSDs is the best replacement hard drive for ASUS laptop. It can give you peak performance.

Methods to replace hard drive with SSD on ASUS laptop

In fact, the replacement hard drive for ASUS laptop is a reasonably simple task. Whether for ASUS X555L hard drive replacement or for ASUS Q302LA/ASUS Q504U, you just need to open the back cover and replace the old hard drive with your new SSD. However, how about all the data stored on the old hard drive? Just leave them behind? Well, even if you don’t care about the old files, you still can reinstall Windows 10/8/7 so that your laptop/desktop can start normally.

As known, reinstalling the operating system is a time-consuming and problematic job. It’s recommended to clone laptop/desktop HDD to SSD directly, with system files, installed applications, and all of your data files. To finish the job, all-in-one software AOMEI Backupper Standard is needed, it includes backup & restore, clone and many useful utility.

  • Upgrade ASUS laptop with only one slot. If your computer only has one slot, you can first backup your disk to the external hard drive and then restore the image to the new SSD. Or you can also choose to backup and restore system image from external hard drive.

  • Replace hard drive when your computer have two slots, or its a desktop. If your computer has two slots, it can directly clone the entire hard drive or only operating system (supported on the professional version ) as per your needs. Support cloning hard drive with diferent sector size, even smaller SSD. Please note that cloning GPT system dik to MBR, and vice versa, is available on higher version.

Preparations to upgrade laptop to SSD

  • Check if your computer has an easy access to hard drive. This is the first thing to prepare for SSD hard drive upgrade. If you cannot open the back cover, everything else is useless.

  • Confirm the SSDs compatibility and get the right one. Most laptops will use a 2.5-inch hard drive unless you have an Ultraportable Notebook that may use a smaller 1.8-inch drive. And SSDs also have different thicknesses (either 7mm or 9.5 mm) and different interfaces (either SATA or IDE).

  • Prepare an screwdrivers to swap laptop/desktop hard drive.

  • Prepare an USB to SATA adapter or encloser for laptop. If you use a laptop with only one slot, an adapter or encloser is needed. But which one to choose depends on the interface of the disk. Most SSDs use SATA-based interface. If you want to clone NVME SSD with PCIe interface, you need an adapter using M.2 to PCle.

  • Put a diet on ASUS hard drive. You can backup your important files and delete it from hard drive, uninstall useless programs, clean up temperary files or non-system files with "Disk Cleanup", and so on.

  • Download and install AOMEI Backupper on your computer.

Tutorial: replace ASUS laptop hard drive with free AOMEI Backupper

Here in this part, I'll show you how to upgrade hard drive to SSD with two available methods. Without further ado, let’s get started. Select the methods below and follow its steps.

Method One: ASUS SSD upgrde with disk backup and restore

To backup ASUS laptop hard drive, plug your external hard drive and initialize it, launch this freeware, click "Disk Backup" under the Backup tab, click "+ Add Disk" to add your ASUS hard drive, then select destination path and click "Start Backup".

Disk Backup

Note: To save backup time, disk space, or backup disk at off-peak hours, you need to do one more things. Click Options or Schedule, then select normal or high compression level, email notification, daily/weekly/monthly backup, incremental or differential backup, USB plug in etc. Some of these features are charged.

To switch ASUS laptop hard drive, free up the laptop back cover with screwdrivers and place the screws in the small box, plug the plastic card in the gap, twist and move it to take off the cover, use screwsrivers to free up hard drive frame and replace with SSD, then install all stuff to the previous locations. At last, turn on the laptop and start to restore disk image.

Swap Laptop Hard Drive

To restore backup image to your computer, plug your external hard drive contaning image and run this software, click "Restore" > "Select Image File" > "Restore the entire disk", then select SSD as destination path and click "Start Restore". If you are asked to backup important files first, click "OK" to continue.

Select Image File

Select Entire Disk Or Partition 1

Notes ✎...
• In general, if your disk image is saved externally, such as, external drive, NAS, network location, you need to manually locate the image by "Select Image File". But if your image can be detected, you can click "Select Task" as instead.
• Tick "SSD Alignment" to boost the performance of SSDs, such as, faster reading and reading speed.
• If your computer is unbootable, you still need to create a recovery disk or repair disc via "Create Bootable Media"
• If you want to restore a computer with different hardware, "Universal Restore" in advanced version is necessary. Because it can resolve the incompatibility drivers and make your computer boot successfully.

Method Two: Directly replace ASUS laptop hard drive

Step 1. Plug your new SSD hard drive into laptop via connector, or directly install SSD on your desktop. Then select "Clone" and "Disk Clone".

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select your ASUS hard drive (eg: disk 1) and click "Next".

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select your new SSD as Destination disk and click "Next".

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Preview the Operation Summary and click "Start Clone" to run the disk cloning process. Tick "SSD Alignment" to accelerate the outputting and inputting speed of SSD.

Start Clone

Notes ✎...
• "Sector by sector clone" clones all sectors when you clone disk to larger disk or at least with the same capacity as original disk. And it will make "Edit Partitions" unavailable.
• "Edit Partitions" is designed to fix cloned hard drive show wrong size and make fully use of the new SSD.

Step 5. Take out hard drive and add a new SSD disk with screwdriver.

Last Thing: Format ASUS hard drive for storage

Formating old disk is the last thing to add SSD to laptop/desktop and keep HDD. As mentioned before, SSDs have a higher performace while HDDs always have a larger capacity. Therefore, if your HDD is still working well, you could consider using it as storage. Now, let's start to format disk and restore files to HDD.

To format disk, press "Win +R" and type "diskmgmt.msc "in the box, then hit "OK" to open the Disk Management. Next, right-click the HDD disk and select "Format...", follow on-screen instructions to finish the rest of steps.

Format HDD for Storage

To restore files from backup, connect your external drive with file backup, launch AOMEI Backupper, click "Restore" and "Select Image File", select the files or folders need to be restored, tick "Restore to new location" and select HDD as storage, finally click "Start Restore".

Select Folders Files


That’s all for how to replace hard drive in ASUS laptop. There two methods in total, and it's not difficult to see that the second one is much easier.

The first one is more complex because you have to do two operations. At the same time, you still need another external hard drive for backup, aside by new SSD. Thus, whether the steps of upgrading ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD or costs, the second one will be a better choice.

What's more, this freeware can still be used to dell inspiron SSD upgrade, HP laptop SSD upgrade, Toshiba laptop hard drive replacement, etc.

Aside by above functions, AOMEI Backupper can still provide other functions, such as system backup, file backup, file sync, etc. In a word, AOMEI Backupper not only can help you upgrade to SSD but also can be your best assistant in helping you keep your data safe all the time. Just explore it by yourself now!