Why do you need SSD cloning freeware?
We all know that compared to traditional HDDs you get an excellent user experience when running Windows or gaming on solid-state drives (SSDs). Reinstalling Windows on your new SSD can be a time-consuming process full of frustration as you search the internet for all of the programs you had originally.
Specialist disk cloning software can save you time by copying everything from the old drive to the new one. This includes all of the system files, preferences, programs, and everything in-between.
Typically, you need the following two things.
Specialist HDD to SSD cloning software. In order to take advantage of the new SSD and the speed it can offer you specialist software to clone from your old large drive to the new smaller one.
Specialist SSD to SSD cloning software. Your old SSD now has no more space to store new files, so you buy a new larger one. Now you will need to clone the old SSD to new larger one.
No matter if you want to migrate your HDD to an SSD or transfer an old SSD to a new one, you will always prefer to save time by using a quick and easy method that ensures your new SSD functions correctly. AOMEI Backupper is specialist disk cloning software that can do all of this for you. It is easy-to-use and keeps your data intact during the cloning process, which saves you time and effort compared to reinstalling the system and all your applications.
Best free SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard
AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition, developed for Windows 10, 8, and 7, is the leading specialist SSD cloning software perfect for transferring data from one disk to another. It has many professional features, such as the ‘SSD Alignment’ option, to improve your SSD’s performance and prolong its lifespan.
Free of charge.
Easy-to-use interface. You can easily complete the cloning job with AOMEI Backupper’s straightforward GUI.
It lets you easily migrate HDDs to smaller SSDs or clone SSDs to larger ones.
Two data cloning modes. It allows you to clone the entire hard drive or only the selected partitions that you need.
If your source disk and destination disk have different partition structures, you can still use AOMEI Backupper to clone the disks without having to convert the disk partition structure beforehand as it allows you to copy MBR disks to GPT disks (and vice versa).
The cloning process will run in the background so you can continue to use the computer and it will ensure that the cloned SSD is bootable if you are cloning the system drive.
Tutorial to clone hard drive with AOMEI SSD cloning software
You need but a few clicks to clone a hard drive to SSD with AOMEI Backupper. First, make sure your new SSD has correctly connected to the computer. AOMEI Backupper supports most of the popular brands of solid-state drives, including Samsung, Sandisk, Kingston, PNY, WD, etc.
1. Download the specialist disk cloning freeware and install it.
2. Click on the ‘Clone’ button and select ‘Disk Clone’ in the next window. (If you want to clone a Dynamic disk, you should choose the Partition Clone option).
3. Select the original hard drive as the source disk and then choose the SSD as the destination disk.
Note: The destination disk will be formatted before the original disk is cloned. If you have any important data on this disk you should back it up.
Note: If your source disk and destination disk have different partition style and want to copy MBR disk to GPT disk, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or other paid version.
4. Check the ‘SSD Alignment’ option and click on ‘Start Clone’ to begin the cloning process.
Check Sector by sector clone if you want to clone every sector on the old hard drive to your SSD.
If you are upgrading your SSD to a larger one you should click ‘Edit Partitions’ and ‘Add unused space to all partitions’ to avoid the larger drive having unallocated space after the cloning process. This advanced feature is only available on the paid version, such as, AOMEI Backupper Professional, AOMEI Backupper Server, etc.
If you only want to transfer the OS and applications to the SSD rather than the entire drive, you can upgrade to its advanced editions to enjoy the "System Clone" feature.
5. Now leave the process to complete. While you are waiting you can continue to use the PC as normal. Once the process completes, click ‘Finish’ to exit the program.
How to boot from the cloned SSD drive?
Cloning is not the ultimate goal. To boot from the cloned disk, you still need to change boot order in BIOS, or replace the old drive with SSD directly.
To change boot priority, restart your PC and press "F2" key (or "Del", "F12") to enter BIOS. At the "Boot" tab, select the SSD drive as the first boot device. Finally, press "F10" to save changes and exit.
To replace hard drive with SSD directly, shut down your PC and remove all external devices and connections. You'll need screwdrivers in the practical operations. It is suggested to take a picture in advance to help you revert cables connections if you're not familiar with such things.
AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition is able to easily transfer data to your SSD as well as act as a comprehensive backup manager.
AOMEI Backupper provides the ability to perform system backups, disk backups, partition backups, and file backups. Its amazing restoration features allow you to recover your unbootable PC either by creating rescue media or by using the AOMEI PXE tool.