By Lena / Last Updated October 21, 2019

The need to clone Windows 8 hard drive

In order to get better performance, now you are planning to upgrade to a new hard drive. And based on one of the following reasons, you want to perform Windows 8 hard drive clone.

  • If you have a Windows 8 installation disk, you can simply install Windows 8 on the new hard drive. But you still have to copy and paste the other files from the old drive to the new one. No matter the Windows reinstalling or files transfer will take a lot of time.

  • Or maybe you can create a recovery drive and perform a restore on the new hard drive. But you may not boot your computer from the new hard drive smoothly.

  • For anyone who tends to upgrade to a smaller SSD, you just cannot restore the backup to it. Because the destination drive must be equal or larger to the old drive.


In a word, you want a way that can help you directly clone Windows 8 hard drive to new drive, with Windows system and all the other files. Besides, it should be possible to clone hard drive to smaller SSD.

To help you clone Windows 8 hard drive to larger HDD or smaller SSD, the disk cloning software is the way to go. And if you prefer the easiest solution, AOMEI Backupper Standard can be your best choice. It will meet all your needs related to Windows 8 hard drive clone.

Best free cloning software for Windows 8/8.1

AOMEI Backupper Standard, one comprehensive backup, restore, clone software for Windows 8/8.1, is your best choice for Windows 8 hard drive clone.

  • Free of charge.

  • It helps you clone entire hard drive to new HDD or SSD directly, including operating system, installed applications and all the other data you will never want to lose.

  • It allows you to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD as long as the used space is smaller than SSD disk.

  • The “SSD Alignment” option can help accelerate the reading and writing speed for the SSD.

  • It supports both non-system MBR disk, GPT/UEFI disk. You can directly clone MBR disk to GPT disk without OS and vice versa.


In addition, the cloning process will not affect your work with the computer and it will make the cloned SSD bootable if you are cloning a system drive. Now checking the next part to learn the detailed steps to clone Windows 8 hard drive.

How to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 8/8.1?

Here we will show you how to clone Windows 8 hard drive to new SSD. You should know that the data on the destination disk will be erased. So you’d better backup the new hard drive in advance if you have important data stored on it.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Download Freeware

Step 2. Click Clone and then choose Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Notes:

  • You can also choose Partition Clone to only move the partition you need.

  • To only clone Windows to SSD, the System Clone feature can help you make it. You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy it.


Step 3. Select the source hard drive you plan to clone (here is Disk0) and then click Next to continue.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Select the target hard drive (here is Disk1) and click Next to go on.

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. Tick “SSD Alignment” to accelerate the reading and writing speed of the destination SSD. Finally, click Start Clone to clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 8.

Start Clone

Note: "Sector by sector clone" will clone all the space no matter it is used or not and it will take longer time. If you need to clone larger drive to smaller SSD, please do not select this option.

Step 6. Click Finish when the cloning process reaches 100%.

Finish

  • Tip: For anyone who is trying to transfer Windows 8 to another computer, you can first create a disk image backup and then perform a restore. The Universal Restore feature can help you restore image backup to another computer that has dissimilar hardware and ensure secure boot.

Conclusion

As you can see, you can easily clone HDD to SSD in Windows 8/8.1 with the help of AOMEI Backupper Standard. With just a few clicks, you can move everything you need to the new hard drive.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper offers system backup, file backup, disk backup, and partition backup. You can make a backup for your old hard drive in case you may need any files in the feature, and also set scheduled backup for your new hard drive to keep data safe.