“I’m planning to replace my existing 500GB boot hard disk drive with a new 256GB solid-state drive. The boot disk is installed with Windows 10 and the used space of it is 200GB. As I don’t want to reinstall all the programs and the Windows 10 operating system, I want to clone my 500GB HDD to the 256GB SSD. Is it possible to clone a smaller one?
Use a handy tool to clone large HDD to smaller SSD easily and safely
It is common to clone boot HDD to SSD, as the fantastic performance of SSD. If the new drive is larger than or equal to the old drive, it is not tough to clone hard drive to larger drive. But when it comes to clone to smaller drive, you need to choose drive cloning software cautiously as some are unsupportable.
☞ Its Disk Clone Wizard feature allows you to clone only used space, which makes it possible to clone larger hard drive to smaller SSD or HDD when the used space on the source drive is not larger than the capacity of the target disk. ☞ If the new disk is too small to contain all the data on the existing drive, you can employ its function: Migrate OS to SSD, enabling you to clone only OS related partitions to a new drive. ☞ What’s more, it can align SSD partitions during the cloning process and supports different SSDs, such as SATA SSD, SATA M.2 SSD, NVMe SSD, etc. ☞ This tool doesn't have any brand limitations, you can clone disks between different brands. ☞ The tool employs hot clone method, you can use your computer during the cloning process as it can run in the background.
Connect the new smaller hard drive to your machine and install this drive cloning software and check out the steps given below :
PS.: You can download its demo version to learn how to clone HDD to smaller HDD/SSD step by step.