With the development of technology, the price of SSD become cheaper than before. Many young people from study to work, and they have money to buy SSD, it’s time to upgrade their computer disk to SSD. As we know, SSD performs faster than traditional HDD in data writing and reading, so taking the place of HDD to SSD can help you save much time when using the computer. If you get an SSD and don’t want to use it now, I mean, replace the old disk totally, you can still use it to do something, such as make a backup and use it in the future. Backup means copy disk data and save in SSD. If you use SSD and an old hard disk together, you can enjoy more space.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant to copy disk to SSD
Copy or cloning from one disk to another can realize without installing or reinstalling the system and other data, this method saves lots of time to continue old work and improve work quality. A good and smooth copy process needs good tools. Because simple copy & paste or drag & drop may not successfully boot after transferring, some programs may stop working. Thus, professional copy software will help you a lot. Here, we recommend you try AOMEI Partition Assistant, which is one of the legal products of AOMEI company. The latest version is 8.4, it has years of experience and strong ability. AOMEI Partition Assistant supports from XP to the newest Windows 10 and popular Windows Server operating systems. If you have any browser issues then you can also fix them by reading our other information about the chrome browser.
We recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant also because of its excellent clone functions:
- Supports copying the disk to a smaller SSD and it can only copy used space from one disk to another via the “Clone Disk Quickly” method.
- Permit to copy GPT disk to MBR SSD, MBR disk to GPT SSD, or simply MBR to MBR, GPT to GPT. In a word, between GPT and MBR very freely.
- Allows you to align partitions on SSD drive during the process of cloning hard disk to SSD.
- Allows you to transfer system/boot disk to SSD drive, and the SSD will be bootable after cloning as long as you set it as the first boot order in BIOS.
You can download its free partition manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition to try and learn, it is very easy to handle. Or search it on Google to find some tutorials and evaluations. Dear readers, you can also read on, we will show you how to use the following content.
Step-by-step to clone disk to SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant
At first, you have to do some necessary preparations. Connect the SSD to your machine and make sure it is detected by the system as well as AOMEI Partition Assistant. By the way, I will tell you some tips: If your computer only has one drive bay, you must prepare a SATA-to-USB cable to connect SSD to your computer. If your computer has two drive bays, you need to open the computer case, find the empty drive bay, slide the SSD in that drive bay and line up the holes in the current of the drive bay with the holes in the SSD mounting kit. Secure the SSD into the drive bay with the screws. Close the computer case and restart the system. You can also do a clean before copying, and make a backup of your needed data because we don’t know what will happen next.
Then, download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant on your site. Click All Tools on the left wizard panel to find Disk Clone Wizard.
In the pop-up window, select the method based on your requirements. Here we select the default one“Clone Disk Quickly”, which means just copying the used space to the new SSD, allowing the target disk smaller than the source disk, but larger than its used space, AOMEI this design is safe. Another Sector-by-Sector Clone is to clone all sectors to another disk including Bitlocker hard drive.
Click Next to go, and select source disk here. We select disk 1 as an example, which is the system/boot disk.
Next, choose the destination disk from the list. We suggest you check “Optimize the performance of SSD”, and then click “Next” again.
You are able to adjust the partition size on the destination disk if you choose “Clone Disk Quickly” above. Since AOMEI Partition Assistant is a full-scale partition tool, resizing partitions is its basic feature. The next step will prompt a boot note on how to boot from the cloned SSD after the cloning process. Read it carefully, when you think it is OK, click Finish to the backup main interface.
You can preview the changes and click “Apply” to commit the pending operation. The above example is cloning data disk to SSD if you plan to clone the OS, select Migrate OS to SSD on the top mean is a short way. Another thing you have to do before enjoying SSD is to set the boot order in BIOS, we will ignore it here, Google has so many articles to teach you about it.
AOMEI Partition Assistant is an all in on software, and it is an ideal tool alternative to Windows Disk Management because it brakes many limits in Disk Management, such extend system partitions, moving partitions,s and so on. AOMEI Partition Assistant even has some unique features, such as Windows to Go creator lets create your own portable Windows in USB. Erasing SDD secure will help you revert SSD to the format state and use it again and safely.