By Emily / Last Updated March 11, 2020

Why need SSD cloning software?

Cloning is the quickest and easiest way to copy all contents including system files, applications, preferences, emails and all partitions from one hard drive to another one. And, you might need the best SSD cloning software Windows 10/8/7 for below reasons:

①Upgrade HDD to SSD
When your OS runs slow on a traditional hard disk drive, you can clone the HDD to a faster SSD to make computer work better with keeping everything intact.

②Replace failing HDD or SSD
If your old HDD or SSD is about to die, it is a great idea to clone hard disk to a new SSD drive before it won’t work in consideration of data security.

③Transfer mass data from HDD to SSD or SSD to SSD
Besides, using SSD cloning software is also an effective way to transfer mass data from HDD to SSD or SSD to SSD because “Ctrl+C” and “Ctrl+V” is not recommended for moving a large amount of data, especially boot or directory files, between different hard drives.

What is the best SSD cloning software for Windows PC?

For above purposes, you may want to find the best SSD cloning software so that you can easily and effortlessly manage the job. Here we would like to introduce FREE AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard for SSD and HDD clone in Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista.

As the best free SSD cloning software, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard offers the following features to make SSD or HDD cloning simple and effective:

Supports copying a large disk to a smaller disk if you choose the “Copy Disk Quickly” method, since this way will only clone used sectors from source disk to target disk.
If the source disk contains Windows operating system, you can still boot the OS from the cloned SSD or HDD.
Supports to copy all sectors from HDD to SSD and vice versa with “Sector by Sector Copy” method.
You can choose to make 4K alignment if the SSD drive is the destination disk, which could optimize SSD reading and writing performance.
Allows you to clone OS to SSD and boot from the cloned hard drive successfully after migration.

How to clone SSD for free in Windows 10/8/7?

Now we will take cloning a system disk from MBR to MBR as an example to show you how to clone HDD or SSD drive in Windows 10/8/7 step by step, before proceeding, you need to make some preparations:

①All data on the selected destination disk will be wiped out, so please backup data that is important in advance.
②You can clear some unnecessary files in the source disk, less data will lead to a shorter cloning process.
③As for cloning system disk, this freeware only supports cloning MBR disk to MBR disk. If you need to copy the system from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT, please upgrade to Professional edition.
④Free download the best SSD cloning software Windows PC, connect the target disk to the computer and make sure it is detected successfully.

Step 1. Choose the source disk (here we select disk 1, the MBR system disk) and click “Disk Clone” in the left panel.

Disk Copy

Step 2. Here, you can choose a copy method according to your actual requirements. Then click “Next” to continue.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. In this window, you can choose the destination disk, here we choose disk 2 to hold all content on the disk 1. If the target disk is an SSD drive, you can tick “Optimize the performance of SSD”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Then a small window will pop out, which informs of you that this cloning process will delete all partitions and data on the selected target disk, so make sure you have made a backup, then click “Yes” to confirm your operation.

Confirm YES

Step 5. In this window, you can adjust partition size on the destination disk based on your needs. Or you can directly click “Next” to go on.

Edit Disk

Step 6. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to execute this operation. Since this operation involves the system disk, a reboot after the clone is required.

Proceed

After cloning, you need to take extra steps to boot computer from the clone SSD drive.

1. Restart your computer. During the initialization process, long press ESC, delete, F2 or other specific keys to enter BIOS environment.
2. Use the arrow key to access to Boot tab. System devices will appear in order of priority.
3. To boot computer from cloned SSD drive, move it to the top of boot sequence list.
4. Save and exit the BIOS setup utility. Then your computer will restart with the changed settings.

If the cloned SSD drive won’t boot, it may be because of bad sectors on source disk, loose SSD connection, partition style and boot mode conflict and some boot related drives missing out during the cloning process. You can refer to the solutions in the given link.

Bottom line

With this best SSD cloning software for Windows 10/8/7, you can easily move everything from one disk to another. Besides that, AOMEI Partition Assistant also allows you to copy partition to another hard drive.

More importantly, the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional has more amazing functions, such as cloning MBR or GPT hard drive to GPT SSD, converting system disk to GPT without deleting partition, converting dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss, etc. To perform HDD or SSD clone in Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.