Want to clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 7
“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 complete the disk copy?
Safe hard drive to SSD cloning software for Windows 7
Windows 7 has no built-in disk cloning software, to perform hard drive to SSD duplication, you can apply third party cloning software. Among a lot of cloning software, it’s not so easy to find out a proper one. Thus, we’d like to offer some reference factors for you to choose:
✎ Safe and bootable clone: Great hard drive clone software should not damage the data and files during the cloning process. What’s more, the target cloned SSD shall be bootable after the cloning if the source hard drive holds Windows OS.
✎ Good compatibility: There are various SSDs like SATA SSD, SATA M.2 SSD, etc. Good hard drive to SSD cloning software shall be workable whether you clone hard drive to SATA SSD, NVME SSD, or ….
✎ Flexible choices: It is common that you need to clone HDD to SSD of different sizes (large, equal, smaller). A fantastic cloning software should be able to do it.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, disk cloning software for Windows 7/8/10 (64bit and 32bit) can completely meet all the above standards. It enables you to clone a hard drive to SSD or HDD off different sizes (small, larger, or equal), of various brands (Samsung, Seagate, SanDisk, etc.)or of different transfer protocols (ACHI and NVMe). When cloning Windows 7, 8, 10 system hard drive to SSD, the hidden OS-related partitions will be copied as well. Then, you can boot PC from the new SSD drive successfully.
Clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 7 step-by-step
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 the used space of it is larger than SSD’s capacity; backup the SSD if there are important files on it. Then, 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).
✍ You can free download its demo version to have a try at first.
Step 1. In the main interface, choose All Tools and 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.
Step 3. Choose the Windows 7 hard drive as the source disk.
Step 4. Select the new SSD as the target disk and check Optimize SSD’s performance….
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.
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. If you clone MBR hard drive to GPT SSD or clone GPT HDD to MBR SSD, you need to change boot mode accordingly as well.