By AOMEI / Last Updated December 6, 2019

Need to upgrade to a larger SSD

You may have replaced your old HDD (hard disk drive) with a small SSD (solid-state drive), as SSD has better performance. However, your SSD with small capacity might be almost full when days go on. To solve the issue, it's wise to replace SSD with a larger one.


Clone smaller SSD to larger SSD or clean install?

After getting a new larger SSD, should you do a clean install or clone SSD to larger SSD? There is no standard answer. It's up to you.

Normally, clean install has to reinstall your Windows operating system followed by all the applications you were using and preference settings which is a time-consuming and onerous process. In addition, you will need to install all the Windows updates to your new OS and you may not have the installation media to install those programs. If you are happy with your current system and want to save time, just cloning to a larger one.

How to clone SSD to larger SSD step-by-step?

Some SSDs come with built-in disk clone software. For example, Samsung Data Migration can clone data from the existing storage device to a new Samsung SSD. However, you may receive "clone failed" error. Besides, if your SSD is not Samsung, what to do?

Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will be introduced. It is a reliable and easy-to-use SSD cloning software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP and Vista. It supports all brands of SSD, including Samsung, SanDisk, Intel, Kingston, Crucial, etc. Besides, when you clone small SSD to a larger SSD, it can make partition alignment for SSD or resize partition without data loss. Download and try it now!

Step 1. Connect the larger SSD to your computer and ensure it can be detected. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click "All Tools" > "Disk Clone Wizard".

Disk Copy

Step 2. In the pop-up dialogue, choose one way to clone to larger SSD.


Note: If you need to clone HDD to smaller SSD, such as cloning 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD, you have to choose Clone Disk Quickly.

Step 3. Select the small SSD as your source disk and click Next.

Source Disk

Step 4. Choose the larger SSD as your destination disk and check "Optimize the performance of SSD" to align SSD partition automatically. Then, click Next.

Target Disk

Step 5. Here you can choose Clone without resizing partitions, Fit partitions to the entire disk or Edit partitions on this disk.


A note on how to boot OS after cloning will show up. Keep it in mind and click Finish.

Step 6. Back to the main interface, click Apply and Proceed to commit SSD to larger SSD copy operation.


✍ Notices:

☛ For cloning system disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant supports MBR to MBR. If you need to clone MBR system disk to GPT or GPT system disk to MBR/GPT disk, please upgrade to Professional version.
☛ All data on the destination disk will be erased; if you have any important data on it, back up these files before cloning.
☛ It is available to clone boot related partitions only rather than the entire SSD to larger SSD via the function Migrate OS to SSD in AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Follow up work after cloning

After cloning to larger SSD, to boot from the cloned SSD, you should reboot computer, press a specific key (F1, F2, Esc or other specific keys) to enter BIOS to change boot order.

For the old small SSD, you can keep it untouched for a period of time. After you make sure that the new larger SSD is functioning properly and running smoothly. you can use format or wipe the smaller SSD and take it as a secondary drive for data storage.