By Teresa / Last Updated January 8, 2021

Scenario

Easiest way to clone laptop hard drive to SSD

I have changed hard drives on a desktop several times because it is easy to simply hook up the new drive, use image software to clone to it and then swap cables. Thus, now, I am interested in swapping out my notebook hard drive. Is there any simple way that I can use to change my laptop hard drive?”

- Question from tom's guide.com

As the users said, clone a laptop hard drive to another HDD or SSD using disk cloning software, and then, replace the hard drive with the cloned hard drive is a good way. But how to clone laptop hard drive and boot from the cloned hard drive successfully in Windows 10/8/7?

It is necessary to clone laptop hard drive

For many reasons, users may want to clone laptop hard drive. From those reasons, you may think it is necessary to clone hard drive:

Upgrade hard drive to larger disk or faster SSD. SSDs provides faster write/read speed giving your better experience. On the other hand, if your disk is in low disk space, repalce it with larger disk is a good way to get more space. So upgrade laptop disk to SSD or larger disk will help you swap out your laptop hard drive without reinstalling system and software.
Clone hard drive for backing up data: Nowadays, laptop hard drive facing more danger than before, like system crash, hard drive broken, virus attack, there are many other factors that can lead to data lose. Thus it is a wise idea to clone important data on laptop hard drive to external disk as a backup.

It is necessary to clone laptop hard drive for those or more reasons. But how to clone laptop hard drive easily and safely?

The best laptop hard drive cloning software

To copy a hard drive, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is one of the best options for your. It is capable of cloning all data on a disk to another hard drive, solid-state drive, USB drive, SD card, and other storage devices with a few steps.

And it is flexible tool with good performance on the following aspects:

Support most mainstream Windows systems: You clone disk in Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows XP, even Windows Vista operating system.
Clone larger disk to smaller disk: Usually, each GB cost more than that of HDD. So you might need to clone a larger hard drive to a smaller SSD, this tool can definately perform well on this.
Make the clone disk bootable: Once you complete the cloning process with this tool, you can directly place it on the disk bay, or enter BIOS to set it as boot device, and your PC will boot from the cloned disk sucessfully.
SSD partition alignment: This is specially designed for solid-state drive. It makes system access data from the very beginning of the solid-state. And it can furtherly imprvoe the SSD performance.
Manage disk partition: AOMEI Partition Assistant is more than a cloning software, but a disk management tool. It helps you to partition the hard drive after installing a new disk.

Now you can download demo version and following the steps to have a try.

How to clone laptop hard drive in Windows 10, 8, 7?

AOMEI Partition Assistant provides Windows users a concise interface that you can operate only by mouse clicking. But first, you need to think about where you should store the content of original hard drive. You should have a destination drive that at least has enough size to store the content on the source disk.

Tips:

● If you want to clone the disk which contains the system partition, you should install the new drive to your computer first, then, connect the old hard drive to the laptop via USB port. Otherwise, you cannot boot from the new drive after clone.

● If you are trying to clone laptop hard drive to external hard drive for saving data, you can install AOMEI Partition Assistant to your laptop, connect the external hard drive to laptop via USB cable. But if you want to boot laptop from cloned drive, then, the cloning should be done from a bootable media created by AOMEI Partition Assistant. When cloning from this bootable media, you do not need to have an operating system or an AOMEI product installed on the new drive. When you boot the laptop from the bootable media, it will show you the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant. And you can start cloning here directly.

After confirm the demands, you can start cloning with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step 1. Click Disk Copy Wizard/Disk Copy at the left pane.

Disk Copy Wizard

Step 2. It will bring you to the disk copy wizard immediately. Here you can select an appropriate method to copy disk. Here we highly recommend you “Copy Disk Quickly”.

Copy Disk Quickly

Notes:

  • Copy Disk Quickly will copy only the used space of the disk to another disk. It will copy fast and you can copy disk to a smaller drive as only as it has enough space to store the data on the old hard drive.

  • Sector by Sector Copy would copy all sectors of the disk to a target disk no matter it is used or not. It requires the destination disk should have the same size as the source disk or larger. By the way, you can not edit the partitions' size during cloning.

Step 3. Choose the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Select the destination disk.

Select Destination Disk

Notes: If the destination is an SSD, here you should check the option of “Optimize the performance of SSD”, which will align SSD after clone so that it could be the best status after cloning.

Step 5. After that, you can edit partition size on the destination disk.

Edit Disk

Step 6. Then, it will give you a note for how to boot operating system from the destination disk. Read it,click Finish and it will back to the main interface.

Finish

Step 7.Don't forget to click Apply at the toolbar.

Apply

Conclusion

This is how to clone laptop hard drive to SSD or HDD in Windows 10, 8, 7. Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to clone laptop hard drive is very easy and safe. It also supports you to clone GPT disk to MBR disk, or clone MBR disk to GPT disk. It is very useful for Windows users. What's more, you can download its free edition AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to clone hard drive. If you are using Server sytem, you can use the Server eition to complete the cloning