“I have an external hard disk drive and it has several partitions including system partition, recovery partition and so on. Now, I want to copy all the things on this HDD to my newly bought SSD and then replace HDD with SSD. Is there any advice on cloning hard drive with multiple partitions to SSD? Thanks in advance!”
Clone all partitions to SSD with cloning software
You can always find reasons to clone a hard drive with multiple partitions to another hard drive: HDD to SSD upgrade without reinstallation, a duplication of operating system and other data saved on these hard drive partitions and etc.
If you want to perform hard drive cloning in Windows 10/8/7, this powerful and overall cloning software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is highly recommended. It enables you to clone the entire hard drive including boot partition and hidden recovery partition; it can help you to clone single partition only to another disk as well. Besides, it is with user-friendly and concise interface, thus you can handle it rather easily.
How to clone hard drive with multiple partitions to SSD?
Now, let’s see how to copy all partitions on hard drive to SSD in Windows via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional (supposed that the hard drive is installed with Windows 10). Connect the destination SSD to your computer and do as follows:
* You can download Demo version of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional and try.
Step 1. To clone all partitions to SSD, install and run it. In the main interface, go to All Tools > Disk Clone Wizard.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose a proper way to copy disk based on the specific situation and then click Next (here I choose Sector-by-Sector Clone)
Clone Disk Quickly [only copies the used space of source disk] allows you copy disk to a smaller one but the capacity of the target disk not smaller than the used space of source one; it allows you to adjust partition size during the copying process.
Sector-by-Sector Clone [copies all sectors including unused space of source disk] takes more time and requires that the capacity of destination disk not smaller than the capacity of source one.
Step 3. On listed disks, choose your source disk and click on Next button.
Step 4. Then, choose your destination disk and click Next and Yes.
Step 5. A Note about how to boot operating system from destination disk after cloning will pop up. Read it carefully and keep it in mind. Then, click Finish.
Step 6. You’ll return to the main interface and you can preview the result of this operation. Click Apply and Proceed after confirmation
All data saved on the destination hard drive will be erased; you can back up necessary files before cloning.
When you clone GPT disk with partitions beyond 3 to MBR disk, “Sector-by-Sector Clone” will convert the destination MBR disk into MBR automatically; “Clone Disk Quickly” will convert extra partitions into logical.
If you clone MBR system disk to GPT or GPT system disk to MBR, you need to change boot mode after cloning.
Obviously, it is not a tough task to clone all partitions to SSD or HDD through disk copy using AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Actually, it enjoys many other powerful features, allowing you to fix many issues related to partition.
For example, if you encounter C drive is full issue, its Merge Partitions function enables you to add non-contiguous unallocated space to C drive; when you accidentally delete partition, Partition Recovery Wizard of it is able to recover deleted partition.