By Dervish / Last Updated June 4, 2020

Why clone HDD to SSD in Windows 7 laptop?

An SSD (solid-state drive) is a new generation of storage device for computers. And now, more and more people plan to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 7 laptop for better performance and running speed. An SSD use flash memory making the read and write speed 3 times faster than a normal HDD on average. With the system installed on a SSD, the running speed can be dramatically improved.

But when replacing HDD with an SSD, you don’t want to lose any important data, files and reinstalling lots of applications after that. Thus you will need a good cloning tool to migrate windows 7, 8, 10 OS and files to the new SSD with data loss.

Choose powerful freeware for cloning HDD to SSD

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a piece of powerful freeware for cloning HDD to SSD. It can help you to migrate all data, files, software, on a Windows 10, 8, 7 HDD or only the OS partition to an SSD in a few steps. And it has lots of advantages making it to be the best option for you.

● It supports cloning larger HDD to smaller SDD. It is very important if your SSD has a smaller capacity considering the price of SSDs is more expensive than HDDs.
●It can help you to align SSD after cloning, which can improve your SSD performance. If your SSD is misaligned, its read/write speed can't reach to its best condition.
●you can only the Windows system to an SSD. If you don’t want to clone all the data on the old disk, or you want to leave more free space for other data, you can only clone the Windows 7 partition.
●It has high compatibility for Windows systems. Besides Windows 7, you can also copy Windows 10, 8, XP, vista to SSD. And if you are running with Windows Server, there are Server Edition for you.

Next, install the software and follow the steps to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 7 Laptop.

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Note: If you plan to clone MBR to GPT disk, GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT disk, please upgrade to professional edition.

How to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 7 laptop?

Firstly, connect the SSD to your laptop, and usually there is only one SATA slot, you will need a SATA to USB cable. And if it is PCle SSD, unscrew your laptop, insert it to the PCle slot. And turn on your laptop, and follow the steps below.

Step 1. Install and Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, and click “All Tool” on the main interface, and choose “Disk Clone Wizard”.

Disk Copy Wizard

Step 2. Choose a clone method in this window. Generally, we recommend the “Clone Disk Quickly” that clone only used space to an SSD. and click “Next”.

Copy Disk Quickly

Note: The “Clone Disk Quickly” way allows you to adjust the size of partition on the destination disk and supports cloning larger disk to smaller one. If you want to clone all sectors, you can also choose “Sector-by-Sector Clone”.

Step 3. Choose the Windows 7 HDD as the source disk, and click “Next”.

Source Disk

Step 4. And choose the SSD as the destination disk, and check “Optimize the performance of SSD”.

Target Disk

Step 5. And you can adjust the partition size on the SSD.


Step 6. And it will show up a note that helps you to deal with the situation where your PC can’t boot up successfully.


Step 7. Then go back to the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the cloning operation.


Then wait for the process to get finished. In addition, AOMEI Partition Assistant also supports merely transferring system partition to SSD. In the main interface, and click “Migrate OS to SSD”. And the steps are much similar with cloning the whole HDD. Just choose cloning method and destination disk and follow the instructions to clone Windows 7 to SSD.

Migrate Os To Ssd

● Additional content: Boot from the cloned SSD

Then you can change the cloned SSD with the HDD on your laptop. And you may want to take the HDD as the external hard drive, you can connect the both SSD and HDD to your laptop, and you will need to set the SSD as the boot disk.

1. With HDD and SSD connected. Turn on your laptop, and tap the BIOS key and wait for the BIOS launched.

2. Choose “Boot” tab, and select “Change boot order”. Then set the cloned SSD to the first order in the listed devices.

Change Boot Order

Note: The BIOS key is set by the laptop manufacturer. If you don’t know it, you can refer to the instruction book, or google it.


With AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can successfully clone HDD to SSD in Windows 7 laptop. And this tool can also help you to clone HDD to HDD, SSD to SSD, SSD to HDD.

And if you don't need to use the old HDD anymore, you can use the AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro edition to wipe it by filling sector with random data. And it also provides more advanced features like convert system disk between MBR and GPT partition style.