How to Use Clonezilla Windows 10 to Clone HDD to SSD?

If you want to clone Windows 10 from HDD to SSD, you may want to use Clonezilla. How to use Clonezilla Windows 10 or Clonezilla Windows 11? Is there a Clonezilla alternative? Read this post that focuses on Clonezilla HDD to SSD Windows 10 and you can get the answers.


By Hedy / Updated on September 1, 2023

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Clonezilla Windows 10

Clonezilla is a free and open-source disk and partition imaging/cloning program. It has three types to satisfy your different needs: Clonezilla live, Clonezilla lite server, and Clonezilla SE. Clonezilla live supports single backup and restore while Clonezilla lite server and SE are used for massive deployment, which allows you to clone 40 + computers simultaneously. Besides, Clonezilla not only supports Windows 10 but also other operating systems including Linux, macOS, Chrome OS, etc.

When you want to clone HDD to SSD for disk upgrade or better performance, Clonezilla Windows 10 can help a lot. But there is only one thing you need to pay more attention to: the destination disk must be equal to or larger than the source disk. For example, if the used space of the old drive is 50GB, please make sure the target disk has at least 50GB capacity.

Just scroll down to read more about how to realize Clonezilla HDD to SSD Windows 10 clone.

How to Use Clonezilla Windows 10 to clone hard Drive

It's complicated to clone HDD to SSD with Clonezilla for Windows 10, so you must be careful when following the steps below, otherwise, you may fail to clone via Clonezilla.

Part 1. Create Clonezilla Windows 10 Bootable Media

Step 1. Go to the Clonezilla download page, choose iso from the file type section, and then click “Download”.


Step 2. Then, you need to create a Clonezilla bootable USB drive. Here I recommend you use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to make a bootable media. Download and install on your PC.

Step 3. Connect your USB flash drive to your PC, run AOMEI software, and select "Make Bootable Media" under "Tools". Click "Next" to continue.


Step 4. Choose the "USB Boot Device" option and select the prepared USB drive, and press "Proceed" to create Clonezilla Windows 10 Bootable USB flash drive.


Part 2. Clone HDD to SSD with Clonezilla for Windows 10

After the bootable Clonezilla Windows 10 USB is created successfully, follow the steps below to boot from it and begin to perform Clonezilla clone Windows from HDD to SSD.

Step 1. Restart your computer, press a function key to enter the BIOS menu, and change the boot order as the USB drive.

Step 2. In the boot menu, choose "Other modes of Clonezilla live". In the next interface, you can choose "To RAM" to release the boot partition.

Step 2. Choose the language, and keyboard layout, and then "Start Clonezilla".


Step 3. Choose "device-device work directly from a disk or partition to a disk or partition". Then select "beginner mode: Accept the default options" > "disk_to_local_disk local_disk_to_local_disk_clone".


Step 4. Select the source disk.


Step 5. Select the target disk.


Step 5. You may be asked to check the source file system here. Just skip or check based on your needs.

Step 6. Then type in "y" and press Enter 3 times to confirm the cloning process, confirm data will be overwritten, and confirm to clone the boot loader. Wait for the cloning process to be completed.

Then, you can remove the old hard from your computer and replace it with the new disk.

✍ As you can see, the whole Clonezilla cloning process is very complicated and laborious because you need to create a bootable media first, which is not friendly to those who know little about the computer. Besides, it has so many steps to set the cloning parameters and the interface may let you feel confused.

Most importantly, Clonezilla requires the target disk must be no smaller than the source hard drive. What if you must clone a larger hard drive to a smaller one? Don’t worry, you can use an alternative to easily clone HDD to SSD without Clonezilla Windows 10. Keep reading to get more information.

What is better than Clonezilla?

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is an all-in-one disk cloning utility for Windows 11/10/8/7/XP and Vista. It offers a user-friendly and clear interface, allowing you to clone your hard drive to another with simple steps. Besides, it gives you a better cloning experience for the following advantages:

✿ 3 cloning features.
Out of different cloning needs, you can choose to clone the entire hard drive, migrate only OS to SSD without reinstalling the operating system, or copy a single partition to another drive.
✿ 2 cloning methods.
"Clone disk quickly" copies only used space to the target drive while "Sector-by-sector Clone" copies all sectors to the destination disk.
✿ 3 editing options.
If you don't want to maintain the same layout of the old disk on the new hard drive. This software provides you with three kinds of editing options to choose according to your needs.
✿ 2 intelligent functions.
The "hot clone" function allows you to complete the clone without restating the Windows and the "Optimize SSD" sections lets you make 4K alignment during the cloning process.

Here is a demo version, download it and see how to replace the Clonezilla Windows 10 to clone HDD to SSD effortlessly.

Download Pro DemoWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Note: There is AOMEI Partition Assistant Server supporting Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 (R2), 2011, 2012 (R2), 2016, and 2022 (all editions, 32/64 bit)

Step 1. Connect the second hard drive to your computer. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Go to "Clone" and select "Clone Disk".


Step 2. Select a disk clone method as you like. Here, we choose "Clone Disk Quickly" which clone only used space to another disk. 


Step 3. Select the source disk and click "Next".


Step 4. Then select the destination disk and click "Next". Tick "Optimize the performance of SSD" to speed up the write and read speed of SSD.


Step 5. In the new windows, you can resize the partitions on the new drive. Select the one you like and click "Next".

  • Copy without resizing partitions: The source disk configuration will be copied on the new disk with same partitions size.

  • Fit partitions to the entire disk: The partitions on the source disk will occupy the entire destination disk.

  • Edit partitions on this disk: It allows you to adjust the size of partition manually, set the size as you like.


Step 6. After reading a note about how to boot from the cloned disk, click "Finish" and then click "Apply" to commit the operation.



What is Clonezilla Windows 10? How to perform Clonezilla clone Windows 10 from HDD to SSD? After reading this passage, you must have known the details. If you are not confident in creating a bootable Clonezilla USB drive, you can't miss the best alternative - AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

It's powerful in hard drive cloning like cloning hard drive from bootable USB, cloning disk to USB, cloning USB to USB, cloning internal hard drives to external, etc. Moreover, it can help you free up disk space or speed up Windows 10 by extending the C drive, cleaning junk files, moving programs to another drive, and so on.

Hedy · Staff Editor
Hedy is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is very good at solving problems of partition management, and she wants to share all the problems she had already solved to users who met the same questions.