By Yuka / Last update October 28, 2021

The necessity of upgrading hard drive on Windows 11

Need help and some info on upgrading my hard drive

“This is my first desktop since I've always been using a laptop and now I would like to upgrade my hard drive from 1TB to 3TB so do I just unplug my 1TB and replace it a 3TB hard drive? Also is it possible to transfer all my files from my 1TB hard drive to the 3TB hard drive from another computer before place it on my computer?”

- Question from Tom's Hardware

Upgrade Hard Drive Windows 11

The hard disk drive or SSD (Solid-State Drive) is the main storage device of the computer. If your computer has been used for more than a few years, will your computer performance slow down? Or will your computer show a "low disk space warning”? There is nothing more frustrating than a slow or malfunctioning computer. Poor performance can make it difficult for the computer to complete its work. It can also cause the computer to crash, overheat, and drain the battery more quickly.

The best solution is to upgrade the existing hard disk to a larger hard disk or SSD with more storage space. Upgrading a hard drive is cheaper than buying a new computer. Upgrading an older hard drive to a larger one or an SSD can:

Provide you with more space to store more software, games, videos, photos, and documents.
Improve computer performance. Software and large files on the computer can be loaded faster.
Improve the security of the hard drive. Hard disk drives become increasingly unreliable with age.
Save energy. Hard drive manufacturers are not only competing to produce the largest and fastest hard drives, but also competing to produce the most energy-efficient drives.

Reliable software to upgrade hard drive for all Windows

Disk cloning can help you upgrade hard drive on Windows 11. Clone a hard drive means you copy an old, existing drive to the new drive bit by bit. If you are cloning a system disk, when you insert the new hard disk into your computer, your computer will boot directly from it, and you do not need to reinstall the OS from the beginning. Whether you want to upgrade hard drive or replace hard drive with SSD, the best disk cloning software--AOMEI Backupper Professional can help you.

This is a cloning software that integrates multiple functions. It provides you with Disk Clone, Partition Clone and System Clone. You can select one according to your different needs. If you use the Disk Clone function, all data in the source disk, including the operating system, application programs, and user files, will be transferred to the destination disk after cloning.

It provides you with two cloning methods, including Sector by sector Clone and Intelligent Clone (default). Using the default cloning method, even if the SSD is smaller than your current hard drive, as long as the SSD is not smaller than your used space, you can clone larger hard drive to smaller one.

And if you want to replace hard drive with SSD in Windows 11, you can use the SSD Alignment option to optimize the SSD performance. All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Other features like Create bootable media, Universal Restore and GPT clone are also embedded. Get it and have a try.

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How to replace hard drive with SSD on Windows 11 step by step

For most people, the biggest difference between HDD and SSD is performance. If you want to upgrade hard drive on Windows 11, replacing the hard drive with an SSD is your best choice, which can significantly improve the performance of your computer. In this part, I’ll show you how to transfer your data on the old hard drive to the SSD with AOMEI Backupper Pro.

Step 1. Install the SSD to your computer. If you are a laptop, you may need a SATA-to-USB cable. By the way, if there is important data on the SSD, please backup files in advance.

Step 2. Launch AOMEI backupper. Click Clone -> Disk Clone in order.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the disk that you want to clone as the source disk and click Next. Here I choose to clone the system disk containing Windows 11.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Select the SSD you installed on your computer as the target disk, and then click Next.

Select Destination SSD

Step 5. Then you will see the Operation Summary interface. Because you plan to upgrade hard drive to SSD on Windows 11, you can click on SSD Alignment to improve the reading and writing speed of the target SSD. After confirming all your settings, click on Start Clone.

Start Clone

Edit Partitions: This option allows you to edit the size of the partitions on the destination disk. Please note that if you clone to a smaller disk. the first option is not available. When you want to clone to a larger disk, you can choose one of the last two options so that it will not leave unallocated space.
Copy without resizing partitions: Do not change anything. 
Add unused space to all partitions: The destination disk partitions will be automatically resized to the entire disk, appropriate for the disk size.
Manually adjust partition size: Manually adjust the partition size and position by dragging the slider.

Edit Partitions


AOMEI Backupper can help you upgrade hard drive on Windows 11 with just a few clicks. With this powerful software, you can perform a bootable clone without losing any data. It supports different disk partition styles, allowing you to clone the system disk from MBR to MBR, GPT to GPT, MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR without boot issues.

By creating bootable media and system backups with this software, you can deploy Windows 11 image to other computers without hardware compatibility issues. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!