By Ivy / Last Updated January 8, 2020

The Replacement Hard Drive for ASUS Laptop

Before saying the replacement hard drive for ASUS laptop, let’s see a scenario first.

An ASUS laptop user wants to install SSD hard drive as the boot drive and use the default 1 TB HDD hard drive as storage.

After seeing it, you may want to get the reason why he wants to replace hard drive on ASUS laptop to SSD and merely use the HDD as storage. We can see it 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 upgrade laptop 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 you can not do that in SSDs. you will find that the SSDs with the same capacity as HDDs are much more expensive. It's not wise for you to use SSDs as 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.

Method 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 have to reinstall the operating system so that your laptop can start normally.

As is known to all, reinstalling the operating system is a time-consuming job. It’s recommended to migrate the old hard drive to new SSD directly, with system files, installed applications, and all of your data files. To finish the job, AOMEI Backupper Standard is needed. It’s one comprehensive backup tool that offers not only backup & restore function but also disk clone feature.

  • If your computer only has one slot, you can first backup your disk to an image file 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.

  • If your computer has two slots, it can directly clone the entire hard drive or only selected partitions as per your needs. Supports cloning larger HDD to smaller SSD. In addition, it’s also possible just clone the operating system with the System Clone feature which is available in AOMEI Backupper Pro.

Tutorial to replace ASUS laptop hard drive with free AOMEI Backupper

Here in this part, we will show you how to restore the disk system image and how to clone the hard drive. Let’s see the first method. Before coming into point, you need to prepare an external hard drive, a new SSD hard drive and download AOMEI Backupper.

Method One: Backup and Restore Disk with AOMEI Backupper

Backup ASUS laptop hard drive

Step 1. Plug your external hard drive (SSD) , and select Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Click Add to mount one or more disk you want to backup and select a path you plan to save the disk. Then click Start Backup to finish the operation.

Start Backup

Of course, you can click the disk and delete subsequently to remove the disk you don’t want to backup. At the bottom of the window, you can see Backup Options, Schedule and Scheme. If you need, you can click it and set up your task.

Restore backup image

The restore process contains two operations. The first part is to install the SSD disk on your computer and the second is to restore backup image from external hard drive.

  • Asus laptop hard drive removal and SSD installation

1. Free up the laptop back cover with screwdrivers.

2. Place the screws in the small box.

3. Plug the plastic card in the gap, twist and move it to take off the cover. To ensure the security, you would better unplug its battery.

4. Free up the hard drive frame with screwdrivers again and replace it with the SSD.

5. Install all stuff to their previous locations.

6. Turn on the laptop and restore your previous backup.

  • Restore backup image to your computer

Step 1. Plug your external hard drive and select a backup task, then click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 2. Select the disk 1 you backup before and click Next.

Select Entire Disk Or Partition 1

Step 3. Select your new SSD hard drive as destination disk and click Next.

Select Destination

Step 4. After step 3, you will receive a message like below. The window is to advise you to back up important data on destination disk, because the content on destination disk will be deleted after the operation finishes. If you already have a backup for destination disk, click Yes to enter next step.


Step 5. Now, you can see the Operation Summary of Source Disk and Destination Disk. Next, click the check box before Align partition to Optimize SSD (when you choose this option, it could accelerate the outputting and inputting speed during the restore process) and Start Restore subsequently. It’s the last step of restore, when this step finishes, you succeed in replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD.

Preview And Restore

Method Two: Directly replacing ASUS laptop hard drive with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Plug your new SSD hard drive and make sure it can be recognized by the laptop. Then select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

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

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select your new SSD hard drive 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.

Start Clone


1. If you want a better outputting and inputting speed, please remember to tick the checkbox before Align partition to optimize for SSD at the bottom of this window.

2. Select Sector by sector clone if you only want to clone the used part on the hard drive.

3. To clone system disk between MBR partition style and GPT, please upgrade to Professional edition.

Step 5. Take out hard drive and install the new SSD disk with screwdriver.


That’s all for ASUS laptop SSD upgrade method. As long as you choose one method and follow the step, you can replace ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD hard drive successfully. Obviously, 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, aside by new SSD. Thus, whether the steps of changing ASUS laptop hard drive with SSD or costs, the second one will be a better choice.

Aside by above functions, AOMEI Backupper can still provide other functions, such as partition 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!