[Easy Guide] Best free SSD Clone Software for Windows PCs

Need to perform SSD clone without reinstalling or rebooting Windows? This post will perfectly solve your problem by teaching you how to clone SSD easily via AOMEI Partition Assistant.


By Hedy / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Why do you need SSD clone?

When talking about SSD clone, it usually refers to cloning HDD to SSD or replacing the existing SSD with a new one. The reasons pushing you to clone SSD may include the following two main points:

To get better performance. It's admitted that SSD behaves much better than HDD in read-write speed, capacity, durability, security, etc. Thus, you can enjoy a good use experience after upgrading to SSD.

To backup your system and data for safety. For the dynamic computer environment, it's necessary to make a back up of your system and data. One of the reliable ways is to clone your hard drive to another one. If the original one is failing, you can quickly restore from the the backup.

What do you prepare for SSD cloning?

If you want to make SSD clone successful, you'd better make sure these several things have been well prepared:

★ Prepare a new SSD that fits your computer. The new SSD should have the right partition style that suits your computer motherboard.

★ Make sure there is enough unallocated space on SSD. If you want to clone the whole hard drive to SSD, the size of the SSD should be the same or larger than the old one.

★ Create a backup of the disk. In case of any data loss during the transfer process, you can back up your important files in advance.

★ Choose the reliable SSD cloning software. A professional SSD clone tool is the key to succeed in disk cloning. It can help you clone in a quick and straightforward way. Here we recommend you a free all-in-one SSD cloning software called AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

Best free SSD clone software - AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is designed for all editions of Windows 11/10/8/7/XP and Vista users. It aims to help users clone SSD in an easier, faster and safer way. Using this versatile software enables you to experience many brilliant features.

✍ Excellent cloning features. Its "hot clone" function makes a difference to cloning SSD without rebooting the Windows OS. This eases many worries during the process.

✍ Flexible cloning methods. You can choose to transfer only OS, clone the entire hard drive or only clone a single partition. Besides, you can select a quick clone way to transfer only used space for cloning a larger disk to a smaller one, or select sector-by-sector clone to make a full duplicate of your current disk.

✍ Great compatibility. It supports many kinds of SSD, like Samsung, SanDisk, etc. Moreover, this tool is not only available for physical computer, but also works on the virtual machines.

✍ Multiple options. During the cloning process, there are many options you can select to manage and optimize your disk, such as resizing the partition on SSD and making SSD alignment.

How to easily clone SSD or HDD to SSD for free in Windows 11/10/8/7

Here is a full guide on how to clone to SSD or clone SSD to a new one via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Free download this software to have a try.

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Step 1. Connect the new SSD with your computer and make it detected by your PC. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, and then click “Clone Disk” in the right menu.


Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose "Clone Disk Quickly" or “Sector-by-Sector Clone” based on your needs, and click “Next”.


Step 3. Choose the hard disk that you need to clone as the source disk and click "Next".


Step 4. Select the destination disk to put the data of the source disk on, and then click "Next". Remember to tick "Optimize the performance of SSD" to improve the reading and writing speed of SSD. Since all the partitions on the destination disk will be deleted, please make a backup of them if the data are useful for you.


Step 5. In this window, this program allows you to adjust the partition size on the destination disk. After finishing the adjustment, please click "Next".

There are three options for you:
✎  "Clone without resizing partition" means keeping the size of source partitions on the destimation disk. As you clone SSD to a smaller SSD, this option is grayed out.
✎  "Fit partition to entire disk" refers to the size of partitions will be adjusted automatically to fit the whole destination disk.
✎  "Edit partition on this disk" allows you to adjust the size of on the disk manually.


Step 6. You can preview the disk cloning operating by viewing the "Pending Operations". Then click "Apply" and "Proceed" to commit the operations.



With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can easily clone SSD for free on Windows 11/10/8/7 without reinstalling OS or rebooting Windows. This is a reputable and powerful disk manager, which can help you manage your partitions better. If you upgrade to the Professional edition, you can experience more useful features: move folders to a different drive, allocate free space from one partition to another, clean up your computer, and so on. If you are Windows Server users, just try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

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.