By Ailsa / Last Updated November 6, 2020

Can I Clone Windows 7 OS to New SSD?

How to clone Windows 7 system to new hard drive?

Hello, I currently have a Windows 7 OS on an older computer that I’d like to copy over on to the new drive, I never done this before. Does anyone knows a program used to accomplish this Windows 7 system clone? Thanks in advance.

If you encounter the same issue in your computer, you may look for free system clone software to do this. However, Windows 7 or other Windows PC systems not provide any OS migration software or hard drive cloning software.

Hence, It’s highly recommended to try the third-party system clone software to get this job done.

Best Hard Drive Software for Windows 7/8/10 - AOMEI Backupper

As the best disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional could help you to do system clone in Windows 7/8/10 and early PC systems. And you could get the following benefits with the help of AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • If you clone Windows 7 to new hard drive, all Windows system files, installed programs, settings, will be transferred to the new one, no any re-installation. And ensure the new cloned hard drive bootable after the clone.

  • Cloning Windows 7 hard drive to SSD or HDD will migrate everything (OS, applications, settings, personal files, etc.) to the new hard drive without losing data, easy and efficient.

Please download the AOMEI Backupper Professional 30-day free trial to have a try: (Clone features in the free trial can be demonstrated only, please upgrade to enjoy)

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Now, we will show you two ways to do system clone in Windows 7/8/10.

#1. Safely Perform System Clone in Windows 7/8/10

If you just want to move Windows 7/8/10 operating system to SSD or new hard drive, please do the following steps to safely clone system in Windows 7/8/10:

Note: Please backup important files on the SSD or new hard drive to protect your data, because the cloning operation will overwrite the data on the destination.

Step 1. Execute the system clone software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, Select System Clone under Clone tab.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Choose a SSD or new hard drive as the destination, and click Next >>.

Choose Destination Partition

Step 3. (Optional) Tick SSD Alignment to optimize the performance for the SSD if the destination is a SSD. And Press Start Clone to do Windows 7 system clone easily.

System Clone SSD Alignment Checked

To boot from the cloned SSD or hard drive:

  • Shut down your computer;

  • Please replace the original hard drive with the new cloned SSD or HDD, or change boot order in BIOS to set up the cloned disk as the first boot device;

  • Then restart to boot from the cloned disk.

That’s it.

#2. Clone Windows 7 Hard Drive to SSD

If you are intending to clone disk to larger disk to move Windows 7 from HDD to SSD, please refer to the instructions below:

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional, select Clone > Disk Clone.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Select Windows 7 hard drive as the source disk, click Next >>.

Choose Windows 7 Hard Drive

Step 3. Choose the larger SSD as the destination disk, and then press Next >>.

Tip: Confirm the deletion during cloning process if you have backed up the files on destination SSD.

Choose Larger SSD

Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment and press Start Clone >> to clone hard drive with Windows 7 to SSD safely.

Disk Clone SSD Alignment Checked

There are two useful settings available here before pressing Start Clone:

  • Sector by Sector Clone will copy all sectors from the source disk to the destination disk whether it’s used or not, which means that It will longer time. If you check this option, please ensure the destination disk is larger than source disk.

  • Edit Partitions: If you clone Windows 7 hard drive to larger disk, you could use this option to add used space to all partitions or manually adjust the partition size during cloning to fully use the storage space on the destination SSD. If you did not check it, you will get an unallocated space after cloning, it’s better to merge unallocated space to existing partition.

The Epilogue

System clone in Windows 7 is quite easy with the help of AOMEI Backupper Professional. Besides, you could use Partition Clone to move data from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

AOMEI Backupper Professional not only a hard drive cloning software but also a professional file synchronization software. As we all known, Windows 7 support has ended on January 14, 2020. If you get the extended security updates, you could stay with Windows 7 one more three years. Otherwise, try real-time sync to sync files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 to get the latest files.

If you are IT technicians and trying to manage backups or sync tasks for all clients from one central console, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper to enjoy.