By Teresa / Last Updated September 26, 2017

Transfer data from hard drive to SSD for upgrade

There are many cases that you’ll need to transfer data from one device to the other in daily life. For example, after purchasing a new SSD, if you don’t want to reinstall everything, you need to transfer everything in Windows from hard drive to SSD. Surely, you may want to use the new disk as storage only. Thus, transfer personal files and data on the hard drive to new SSD is unavoidable. The former appears in most cases and it is not suggested to use SSD as storage only because this would be a waste of resource.

As for transferring data, there are two main situations you may encounter. Some users who have two disk bays in the PC may just want to transfer OS from hard drive to SSD while keeping files on HDD. For users who play games a lot, this match ensures the running speed and improves gaming experience. Under such circumstances, moving only system partition and the partition you have games installed to SSD is enough. For a part of PC users, laptop users in particular, it’s a little bit hard to keep two drives installed on the computer all the time. Thus, transferring everything and replace current hard drive is necessary.

How to transfer data from hard drive to SSD?

Transferring data from one location to the other is not a difficult task as long as you find the right tool to transfer. AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable data migration kit that meets all your transferring needs. All contents that included in the source part will be transferred to SSD thoroughly. To be specific, this software provides Disk Clone, System Clone as well as Partition Clone and one can choose each according to his situation. Both laptop and desktop users would find it helpful.

Besides, in the process of cloning, you have options to decide whether to clone the hard drive or partition in sector by sector method or not. By default, AOMEI Backupper will clone only used part of the hard drive to SSD, which is called Intelligent Clone. If there are a few bad sectors on the hard drive, it’s not a bad choice to escape them using this method. You can change this default setting at the last step where you click Start Clone. Following part will take transfer OS drive to SSD for example.

Steps to transfer Windows from hard drive to SSD

Step 1. Connect the new SSD to your PC via USB cable or external disk enclosure. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper. Go Clone > System Clone.

System Clone

Step 2. Select SSD as the destination path since system and its related partition are selected by default. This saves trouble if you have no idea about what you should select to clone.

Destination Partition

Step 3. Check out the operation summary and tick Align partition to optimize for SSD box since the target disk is SSD. Then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Step 4. This is the check section. Change boot priority in BIOS and check if it can boot normal. To be on the safe side, you might as well remove old hard drive and keep only SSD on your PC. If everything is fine, change the boot order again.


  • Target SSD will be overwritten, so please backup important files beforehand.
  • Sector by sector clone method can help you recover deleted and formatted data to target disk.
  • To transfer entire hard drive to SSD completely, please try Disk Clone feature.
  • AOMEI Backupper Professional is Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported. If you’re a Windows Server user, please try AOMEI Backupper Server edition.

Within a few steps, can you easily transfer data from hard drive to SSD with the help of AOMEI Backupper. Other than transferring from hard drive to SSD, you can transfer data from hard drive to hard drive as well. In fact, AOMEI Backupper is also great backup strategy for Windows. In addition, you can use it to upgrade PS4 hard drive if the need ever arises. The Partition Clone feature is a good assistant if you want to clone recovery partition to USB as backup. Download to find more.