Can I clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD?
“I’m intending to upgrade my hard disk drive with Windows 10 installed to solid state
drive. As I’m unwilling to reinstall Windows 10 operating system, I decided to
migrate it by cloning. The problem is that the capacity of the HDD is 1TB and the
newly purchased SSD is 256GB. Is it possible to clone Windows 10 HDD to smaller
Great disk cloning software: AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional
Due to SSDs’ various merits like faster speed and high price, it is common to choose
to upgrade Windows HDD to smaller SSD. And you can avoid the trouble of reinstalling
Windows 10 by cloning HDD to smaller SSD. In fact, it is a rather simple task to clone Windows 10 disk to smaller, if the used space on the target disk is not larger than the capacity of the destination SSD and you employ proper disk cloning software.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is just the right one, it offers two ways to copy disk: "Sector-by-Sector Clone"
and "Clone Disk Quickly". The latter one only copies used space on the
source disk to destination one, allowing you to clone Windows 10 HDD to smaller SSD
as long as the used space on the HDD is not larger than the capacity of SSD. As it
is specially designed for Windows system, it can not only work with Windows 10, but
also with Windows 7/8/8.1, XP and Vista.
Clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD with five steps
To clone Windows 10 HDD to smaller SSD, connect the target SSD to your computer well
at first; then, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. As aforementioned,
the used space of the source disk shall not larger than the capacity of the destination one. If the destination disk is not large enough to hold all the data on the source HDD, you can clone OS drive only to SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.
Step 1. In the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant
Professional, click “Disk Clone Wizard” and choose "Clone Disk Quickly". Then, click
Step 2. Choose the Windows 10 HDD as the source disk and click
Step 3. Choose the smaller SSD as the destination disk. Then, hit
Step 4. Here you can adjust the partition size on the destination
SSD. As the SSD is smaller than HDD, the first option is greyed out.
A Note about how to boot from cloned disk (here is disk 2) will
prompt. Read and remember it.
Step 5. Go back to the main interface. Check the operation and click
“Apply” to execute it.
After managing to clone Windows 10 HDD to smaller SSD, if you want to keep old HDD
and boot from SSD, you need to enter BIOS to change boot priority to SSD. If you clone GPT disk to smaller MBR SSD or MBR disk to GPT SSD, you also need to change boot mode
between Legacy and UEFI.
Under the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can clone Windows 10 hard drive to
smaller SSD easily and safely. In fact, it is more than disk cloning software for
Windows 10/8.1/8/7, XP and Vista. It enjoys many other functions like converting dynamic disk into basic without data loss, resizing system partition, creating Windows bootable USB drive, etc.