How to Clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD without Reinstalling?
To clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD, even smaller SSD without losing data, AOMEI Partition Assistant can be helpful!
“Hi, guys! Recently, I have bought a Samsung 500 GB SSD. In order to shorten boot time and response time, I try to replace my old 1TB HDD. In the meantime, I don’t want to reinstall Windows 7 operating system and all programs on SSD. Therefore, I want to clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD. I know that it is available to clone hard drive to another hard drive with an equal size or larger capacity, but is it possible to clone large HDD to smaller SSD with secure boot?”
As mentioned above, it is able to clone hard drive to larger one, but can you copy a larger disk to a smaller one, like copying 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD, to 256GB SSD even to 128GB SSD? In fact, the answerer is positive, as long as the used space on the source HDD is not larger than the capacity of the destination SSD. At this point, what you need is proper HDD to SSD cloning software.
Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is recommended, which can work well with Windows 10/8.1/8/7, XP, and Vista. Its Clone Disk Quickly option allows you to clone only used sectors on the source disk; what’s more, it allows you to align SSD partitions to improve SSD performance during the copying process.
Now, free download this great HDD to SSD cloning software and check out the detailed steps listed in the following text (Taking duplicating 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD as an example).
Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant . In the main interface, go to All Tools >Disk Clone Wizard.
Step 2. In the pop-up windows, choose first option betwwen "Clone Disk Quickly"" and "Sector-by-Sector Clone".
Step 3. Choose the 1TB HDD as the source disk and click Next.
Step 4. Choose the 500GB SSD as the destination disk. Don’tforget to tick the box before “Optimize the performance of SSD” to make SSD alignment. Then, click Next.
Step 5. There are three options but only two are available , as the source disk is smaller than the destination disk. Choose one and click “Next” > “Finish”.
Step 6. You’ll return to the main interface, confirm the operation and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to implement it.
It is obvious that you can clone 1TB HDD to 500GB SSD effortlessly under the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, as long as the used space on the source disk is not beyond the capacity of the target one. Actually, it owns many other helpful functions like migrate OS drive to SSD, merge partitions, and so on.