By Ivy / Last update September 23, 2021

Any Suggestion about Western Digital SSD Migration Tool?

"I bought a Western Digital Black 1TB SSD to replace my computer’s hard drive as my current one is too small (500GB) and I want to transfer all my data to a WD Black SSD, and make my current hard drive the secondary storage device for my PC. I understand I should use the Western Digital SSD migration tool to perform the Western Digital data migration and I’ve tried it, and it still doesn’t seem to be working. What can I use instead?"

Wd Black 1tb

Western Digital SSD Migration Software and Its Limitations

Generally speaking, many SSD drives come with a SSD cloning software, like Samsung Data Migration, Seagate DiscWizard, Intel® Data Migration Software, NTI Echo cloning software, etc. As a matter of fact, Western Digital (WD) does not come with cloning software, and you have to download the WD SSD clone software first from the WD sites, these Western Digital SSD migration software includes:

1. WD Backup: backup your data to a WD drive as primary storage in Windows Vista, 7, 8.1, and 10.

2. Acronis True Image WD Edition Software: to backup and clone your data to prevent data loss for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. You have to install at least one WD hard drive on your computer and then run this program, or you will get the error “Acronis True Image WD Edition installation restricted - This product edition requires at least one Western Digital or SanDisk drive to be installed in your system”.

However, there are some limitations with these WD SSD migration tool:

  • Acronis True Image WD Edition clone not working while performing Western Digital SSD clone.

  • WD Backup not working while backing up sometimes, or WD Backup stuck at 0, even missed backup task.

WD Backup Not Working

 It’s so frustrated to migrate HDD to Western Digital SSD with the above WD SSD clone software.  What is the best WD migration tool? How to migrate data from one hard drive to WD SSD easily in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11? 

Best Western Digital SSD Migration tool - AOMEI Backupper

The best Western Digital SSD migration tool - AOMEI Backupper Professional could be your best choice. It’s compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit).

It’s highly recommended by many users all over the world due to its comprehensive functions, powerful execution, and excellent performance. Compared with other WD data migration software, it’s more reliable and easier to use. You could do the following with this WD SSD clone software:

  • Migrate OS to WD SSD without reinstalling Windows 7/8/10/11 OS, installed programs, and settings, etc.

  • Transfer the entire hard drive or selected partitions. It’s possible to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD using its intelligent clone option.

  • Speed up WD SSD drive. Check SSD Alignment to improve the read and write speeds and prolong an SSD’s lifespan.

  • Multi-brand hard drive support. AOMEI Backupper is not only a WD SSD migration tool, it can be used to clone any WD SSDs including WD Green SSD, WD Blue SSD, etc. as well as Sandisk drives, Samsung drives, Toshiba hard drive, Mushkin SSD etc.

And AOMEI Backupper has a user-friendly interface, so anybody can complete the cloning process on their own with just a few small clicks. 

In the next part, we’ll show the 2 ways to perform Western Digital SSD migration with this WD cloning software: 

  • Migrate an OS to Western Digital SSD with System Clone

  • WD clone HDD to SSD with Disk Clone

First of all, please download the Western Digital cloning software for Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista - AOMEI Backupper Professional 30 day free trial and have a try. (Clone features in the free trial can be demonstrated only, please upgrade to enjoy)

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Way 1. Safely Clone OS to a Western Digital SSD

To safely migrate Windows 10/11 OS from HDD to Western Digital SSD without reinstalling Windows operating system and installed programs, follow the steps:

Step 1. Launch the best Western Digital SSD clone software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. Select Clone -> System Clone at the left side panel. 

System Clone

Step 2. The program will automatically select the system partitions, including C: system partition, EFI system partition, Recovery partition, and system reserved partition (if exists). Please choose the Western Digital solid-state drive (SSD) as the target location to save the Windows 7, 8, 10 or 11 operating system.

Destination Disk

★Helpful Tips:
✍Please backup all essential data on the WD SSD in advance, because the Western Digital SSD will be overwritten during the cloning process.
✍If your WD SSD drive has more than one partition on it, please choose the first partition on WD SSD as the destination. Otherwise, the system may not be able to boot from the Western Digital SSD.

Step 3. Tick the SSD Alignment option to optimize the performance for WD SSD, and afterward click Start Clone to do Western Digital SSD migration.

Clone System to WD SSD Preview

★Tip: Sector by sector clone: Check this option will clone all the sectors in the system partitions, and it will take a longer time. Otherwise, only clone the used data and clone quickly.

After a while, you will have safely migrated the OS to a Western Digital SSD. Naturally, how long it takes depends on the data size on your system partitions.

Once it’s complete, enter into BIOS and set SSD as the first boot disk. If you're migrating Windows 10/11 from MBR HDD to GPT SSD, you may want to know how to change boot mode from Legacy to UEFI.

Way 2. Clone HDD to Western Digital (WD) SSD

If you would like to transfer everything from HDD to Western Digital SSD, here we will show you how to clone HDD to WD SSD in Windows 10/11 with the best Western Digital SSD clone software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, please refer to the following steps:

1. Click Disk Clone under the Clone tab on the main window. Or choose Partition Clone If you want to clone an individual partition.

Disk Clone

2. Select your current Windows 10/11 HDD as the source disk, and click Next >>.

Choose Source Disk

3. Tap to select the Western Digital (WD) SSD as the destination disk, and press Next >>.

Choose Western Digital SSD

4. Tick SSD Alignment and press Start Clone >> to clone HDD to Western Digital SSD easily in Windows 10/11.

Start Clone HDD to WD SSD

Edit Partitions: If you clone HDD to a larger WD SSD, you could adjust the partition size automatically to fully use the storage space on the Western Digital SSD during cloning process. Otherwise, you will generate an unallocated space after the cloning, and you have to merge unallocated space to the existing partition to fully use the space.
SSD alignment, as the same as in the system clone, it will speed up your SSD performance and prolong its lifespan automatically during the Western Digital SSD migration process.
Sector by sector clone: Check this option will disable the Edit Partitions (invisible). Sector by sector clone will clone all the sectors (used, blank, bad sectors) on the source disk and cost a longer time. By default, this WD cloning software will clone used sectors and skip bad sectors.

Definitely, you could clone larger disk to smaller disk as long as the smaller disk could hold all the data from the source disk.

Also, this WD SSD migration tool is applicable to clone HDD to Samsung SSD, clone HDD to Kingston SSD, replace laptop HDD with SSD etc.  If you have enough budget, it's suggested to clone boot drive to NVMe. Because it has the fastest transfer speed compared with SSDs on the market.


As you can see, AOMEI Backupper is a powerful Western Digital SSD migration tool that can help you migrate Windows operating system (OS) to a WD SSD, clone HDD to WD SSD effortless. And it applies to clone all kinds of HDDs and SSDs, such as, clone HDD to Samsung SSD, clone system from Intel SSD to another, clone NVMe to larger NVMe, etc.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper also doubles up as a comprehensive backup manager that offers system backup, disk backup, partition backup as well as file backup. We recommend you backup your new SSD regularly in case of a system crash.

AOMEI also provides other editions for different needs and requirements. For those who are running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, we have the Server edition and Technician Plus for server users to provides more advanced features, like command line utility, dissimilar hardware restore, real-time file sync, clone Windows 10 image to multiple computers, etc.