By Lily / Last update June 8, 2021

Need to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 8/8.1

Cloning HDD to SSD is a very popular way to gain better performance, but in these cases, users also need to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 10. Anyway, it depends on your needs.

Clone SSD

The first and most common reason is to make an exact copy of original disk for backup. There is no doubt that system and data are important for all users, so many users would like to make a backup for it. However, you may also know that SSDs are much more expensive than HDD, so many users prerfer to get an HDD and use it to clone SSD to HDD to retain everything on a new hard drive.

The second reason is to get a larger capacity. As a matter of fact, due to the small capacity, SSDs are easily filled up. Therefore, some users choose to clone SSD to HDD to get a larger disk space, which is good for computer performance. What's more, you don't need to reinstall Windows and programs you will use in the near future.

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

To clone SSD to HDD in Windows 8/8.1 effortlessly, you just need a professional disk cloning software like AOMEI Backupper Professional, which saves you much time and effort. It supports "Disk Clone", "System Clone" and "Partition Clone", and the first one is to clone entire hard drive or SSD, including all the contents on it.

Also, it has some helpful feature to make this task simple and effcient, such as, optimize performance with "SSD Alignment", clone all sectors of a hard drive with "Sector by sector clone", adjust partition size of destination disk with "Edit Partitions", etc.

In addition, it still supports cloning SSD to HDD in Windows 10/7/XP/Vista as well as clone HDD to SSD in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. It will be ok if the target disk has different partition style, clone MBR disk to GPT, for example.

Step by step guide: clone SSD to HDD in Windows 8/8.1

Now, you can follow the detailed steps below to clone SSD to HDD or clone HDD to SSD in Windows 8/8.1. Also, these steps are applicable to other systems, including Windows XP/Vista/7/10. 

In the first of place, you need to download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer. Then, install the new HDD on your computer and be sure it can be detected. If your computer is a laptop, you may need a USB-to-SATA cable to connect HDD. 

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Step 1. Launch free clone software for Windows 8/8.1 - AOMEI Backupper Professional, then you will enter its deep-blue interface, click Clone->Disk Clone in order.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the existing SSD as the source disk, here is Disk0, then click Next.

Choose SSD Disk

Step 3. Select the new HDD as the destination disk, here is Disk1, then click Next.

Choose New HDD

Step 4. In the Operation Summary page, tick Sector by sector clone to ensure all sectors of SSD are included or check Edit Partitions to resize the partition size as you like.  Finally, click Start Clone to clone Window 8/8.1 to new hard drive immediately.

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Please note that "Sector by sector clone" and "Edit Partitions" options cannot exist at the same time, you need to choose one between them. If the target disk is larger, you'd better use the latter option to resize partition, otherwise it will not show full capacity after cloning.  


  • It's suggested to create a bootable media, so you can restore your computer, even when it crashes.

  • AOMEI Backupper is still a Windows backup and restore software, so you can also use it to backup disk and then restore computer from the image. 

  • If your computer is any of server computer, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server. It supports all server system, including server 2003/2008/2011/2012/2016/2019 and the R2 version.

Now, you can start to clone SSD to HDD in Windows 8/8.1 or clone HDD to SSD with the professional disk cloning software. The whole process has only 4 steps, this software will take care of everything, just a few clicks to confirm. The greatest advantages is you don't need to reinstall Windows and programs. Please download it to explore yourself.