How to Clone GPT Disk To Smaller SSD With Successful Boot?

If you plan to clone GPT disk to smaller SSD for its faster data reading/writing/transfer speed, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which allows you to copy larger HDD to smaller SSD without any boot issues.


By Emily / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Can I clone my GPT disk to smaller SSD?

"Hi Experts, I have a system installed on HDD-GPT disk. I want to transfer the GPT disk to a new empty SSD drive, but it is slightly smaller than the source HDD. So I am little bit confused about whether I can clone my HDD GPT disk to the smaller SSD drive. What’s the best way to clone it so that the SSD will become bootable. Thanks for any advice."

SSD drive offers faster speed in reading, writing or transferring data than HDD. Besides, it is less likely to make noise since it does not have moving parts inside; it tends to use less power because it does not require any power to spin any platter. Thanks to all those advantages, more users decide to upgrade their current GPT HDD to SSD drive. However, SSDs are more expensive than HDD in terms of dollar per gigabyte. So many users just have a smaller SSD for disk upgrade, but is it possible to copy a larger HDD GPT disk to a smaller SSD? Just keep reading!

A powerful disk cloning tool is required

It is easy to clone a smaller hard drive to a larger hard drive for most computer users. However, how do we clone a larger disk to a smaller disk? Actually, this can also be easily accomplished with a powerful disk cloning utility. Among all options on the market nowadays, we highly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. This partition manager's "Disk Clone Wizard" can help users to clone HDD, SSD, memory card, SD card, USB flash drive or other hard drives in Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista (32-bit and 64-bit).

Moreover, it provides the “Clone Disk Quickly” method, allowing you to clone a larger disk to a smaller disk since this method only clones used sectors from the source disk to the destination disk. So, you can easily clone GPT disk to smaller SSD on condition that the SSD has enough space to hold the used sectors of source hard drive. Furthermore, the cloned SSD drive will be bootable as well, so you don’t need to worry about any boot failure after the clone is done. There is the demo version for a free trial.

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Steps to clone GPT disk to smaller SSD for Windows PC

To clone a larger GPT disk to a smaller SSD drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can first convert the SSD to GPT if it is using MBR partition style now so that you don’t need to change boot mode from UEFI (GPT) to Legacy BIOS (MBR). Or you can keep its MBR partition style and switch the boot mode afterward. If there is something necessary on the SSD, please first back up them to another safe location before the cloning process.

Step 1. Connect the SSD to your computer. A SATA-to-USB adapter might be required for the connection if you are using a laptop that always has only one hard drive bay. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional on your PC.

Connect Disk Laptop

Step 2. Right-click the GPT disk and select “Clone Disk”.

Clone Disk

Step 3. Choose the “Clone Disk Quickly” method to clone larger GPT disk to smaller SSD drive and click on “Next”.

Clone Disk Quickly

Step 4. Select the destination smaller SSD drive and click on “Next”. You can tick the option “Optimze the performance of SSD” to improve its performance better.

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. Here you can choose “Fit partitions to entire disk” or “Edit partitions on this disk” option to adjust the partition size on the SSD drive. Since the destination disk is smaller than the source disk, the “Clone without resizing partitions” option is unavailable.

Edit Disk

Step 6. A boot note will pop out. Read it carefully if you need and click “Finish”.

Boot Note

Step 7. Click on “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.


When this process is finished, you can reboot your computer, enter BIOS to change boot order and make the smaller SSD as the first boot device so that you can boot computer from the SSD drive. To make it more easily, you can directly swap out the GPT disk with the smaller SSD drive.

Change Boot Order

Extra tip: What if the SSD is too small to hold the used sectors on the GPT disk?

The above "Clone Disk Quickly" method can help clone GPT disk to smaller SSD only when the the SSD drive has enough capacity to hold all used sectors on the GPT disk. So, what if the used sectors are still bigger than the SSD total capacity? As a workaround, you can clone only operating system from GPT disk to smaller SSD drive via “Migrate OS to SSD Wizard” of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. This wizard will migrate OS related partitions from one disk to another one with secure boot. Finally, you can use the smaller SSD as the boot drive and the HDD as the data storage usage, still a great solution to give your PC a fresh start.

Migrate Os To Ssd

Bottom Line

So, it is not difficult to clone GPT disk to smaller SSD as long as you employ the reliable disk cloning software. Additionally, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional also supports converting MBR and GPT without deleting partitions, aligning SSD partitions, recovering lost partition on SSD, HDD or other storage device, making a portable Windows USB drive and so on.

Emily · Staff Editor
Emily is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; she has a great passion for providing easy solutions for people to tackle with all disk or partition management problems. In addition to writing articles about disk/partition management, she also edits great tutorials on how to back up and restore disk for data security. In her spare time, she loves to learn computer skill to improve herself or stay with her family to enjoy a good day.