By Bryce / Last Updated March 9, 2022

Why clone Windows 7 hard drive to SSD?


Compared with HDDs, SSDs come with higher reading and writing speed and are more durable.  To boot PC faster or play games more smoothly, it's wise to use an SSD as your boot drive. Installing Windows 7 on the SSD from scratch can troublesome. In such a condition, many users may take cloning Windows 7 hard disk drive to SSD into consideration. Here is an example:

“My PC comes with a 500GB HDD that holds Windows 7. Now I got an Intel 520 Series SSD of 240GB and want to take it as my boot drive. I wanna clone the system HDD to the SSD drive to migrate all data to the new drive. But can I successfully boot Windows after cloning? If I can, how to perform a Windows 7 bootable clone?"

Freeware to clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11

Windows 7 has no native tools to clone hard drive to SSD, thus it's necessary to apply third-party cloning software to copy Windows 7 hard disk drive to SSD, and AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a nice choice. 

♦ It can clone hard drive to SSD or HDD of different sizes (small, larger, or equal), of various brands (Samsung, Seagate, SanDisk, etc.).
♦ It won't miss a file (even a hidden file), ensuring the destination SSD bootable after cloning the system drive.
♦ What's more, it can automatically make a 4K alignment of SSD while cloning. 

Note: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition has no limitation of partition style when cloning data hard drive to another drive in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7. For cloning system hard drive, it supports MBR to MBR. When you need to clone MBR system disk to GPT or GPT system disk to GPT/MBR, please apply AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition

Step-by-step guide: clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 7/8.1/8/10/11

Now, connect your SSD to the Windows 7 computer and ensure that it can be detected; sort out the old hard drive, delete unnecessary files and transfer important files to another safe place if its used space is larger than SSD’s whole capacity; back up the SSD if there are important files on it. Then, download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional and check out the following steps (supposed that you are going to clone Windows 7 hard drive to SSD).

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Step 1. In the main interface, choose All Tools and Disk Clone Wizard.

Disk Clone Wizard

Step 2. Choose Clone Disk Quickly between two methods while cloning to smaller SSD. If you clone Windows 7 hard drive to a larger disk, it's OK to choose Sector-by-Sector Clone.

Clone Disk Quickly

Step 3. Choose the Windows 7 hard drive as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the new SSD as the target disk and check Optimize SSD’s performance….

Select Target Disk

Step 5. Here you can edit partitions on the target disk.


A Note on how to boot from the cloned disk will show up. Keep it in mind.

Boot Note

Step 6. Here you can preview the result. Click Apply and Proceed to commit operation.


If you don’t want to clone the entire hard drive, you can clone OS-related partitions only (data partitions not included) via its Migrate OS to SSD function.
This process needs to be performed under PreOS mode, as it involves the system.
This process can also be applied to clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 10/8.1/8/7. If you are a Windows Server user, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

After finishing the hard drive to SSD cloning process, to boot PC from the SSD successfully, you need to enter BIOS to set the cloned SSD as the boot device, if you keep your old hard drive and SSD simultaneously.