By AOMEI / Last Updated May 25, 2020


“I have an old hard drive that has been used for many years and has a lot of important data on the hard drive. Since the free space on the old hard drive became very small, I bought a new hard drive. How can I get data off the old laptop hard drive and copy them to the new hard drive? Is there any suggestions? Thanks in advance!”

Benefits of getting data off an old hard drive

Searching on the Internet, it can easily find that many computer users are asking questions about how to get data off an old laptop hard drive or how to copy data from an old hard drive. So, what are the benefits of getting data off an old hard drive?

1. If your laptop hard disk is used for a long time, its free space will become small. You can replace the old hard drive by getting the data off the laptop old hard drive and copying them all to the new one.

2. If there are physical bad sectors on the old disk, you can use the disk copy operation to get data off old hard drive. Thus you can effectively protect the data on the hard drive.

3. Disk copying can also help you backing up your important data.

How to get data off an old hard drive?

The traditional method of disk copy is Copy and Paste. You can select and paste the data of one disk to another. For a small amount of data, this method is highly recommended. but if the data is large, copying and pasting will take a lot of time. Worse, a little carelessness can result in data loss. Is there any easy way to get data off an old hard drive? The answer is yes! You can use a professional disk copying software to help you do this operation easily. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is highly recommended. It includes powerful functions like Copy Disk. You can get data off your laptop old hard drive by using the old disk as the source disk and using the new disk as the target disk. Then, you can quickly copy all the partitions on the source disk (including the system partition) to the target disk, thus avoiding reinstalling the operation system or applications. The specific steps are as follows:

First of all, you should connect the new hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the disk you want to copy (here is your old hard drive) and select “Copy Disk”

Copy Disk

Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose a copy method, here we choose “Copy Disk Quickly”, then click “Next” to Continue.

Select Disk Copy Method

* If you choose “Copy Disk Quickly”, the target disk could be smaller than source disk but must larger than used space.

If you choose “Sector-by-Sector Copy”, the target disk must be equal or larger than the source disk.

Step 3. Next, select the destination disk, and click “Next”. If the target disk is an SSD, remember to tick “Optimize the performance of SSD” box.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4.Then, you can adjust the partition size on the destination disk in your need. Then click “Next”.

Edit Disk

* “Copy without resizing partition”:means keeping the size of source partitions.

“Fit partitions to entire disk”:means the program automatically adjusts the size of partition to fit the entire disk.

“Edit partitions on this disk”: means resizing partition size on the disk by you.

Step 5. After that, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the partition information on the destination disk and click “Apply” > ”Proceed” after your confirmation.

Apply Proceed


Follow this simple tutorial, you can easily copy data from an old hard drive. Besides disk copy, you can also get data off the old hard drive by Partition Copy. AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro can be the best Disk Copy software, besides Disk Copy and Partition Copy, it also provides you many other powerful functions like Resize/Delete/Create Partition, Format Partition, Rebuild MBR, convert GPT to MBR without data loss and so on.