By Ailsa / Last Updated March 4, 2021

Basic Understanding of HDD and SSD

Traditional hard drive (HDD) is the storage device to store and retrieve data via moving parts, which has higher latency, longer read and write times, more power consumption, heavier, and vulnerable to damage caused by collision than SSDs.

However, solid-state drive (SSD) is an advanced storage device with no moving parts, which makes it lower latency, faster speed of reading and writing speed, easier to carry, more resistant to physical shock than HDDs.

Thus, SSDs are more popular in computer hardware, gradually become the main data storage disk, especially for the operating system. You could refer to HDD vs SSD for more information.

Why Clone Hard Drive (HDD) to Kingston SSD?

Until now, SSD drives as the best replacement for your current hard drive (HDD) due to its excellent performance are favored by many computer users. Also, Kingston SSDs are widely used all over the world, including Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB, UV400, Kingston SV300S37A drive, Kingston Hyperx Savage SSD 240GB, etc.

Here are some common reasons for cloning a hard drive to a Kingston SSD in Windows:

  • Move OS without reinstalling operating system or applications.

  • Keep favorite computer settings intact.

  • Boot up computer in shorter time.

  • Load applications or play games more smoothly.

  • Upgrade hard drive capacity or utilize more space for operating system.

  • Get a better performance than ever.

Here comes the question, how could you clone hard drive to Kingston SSD drive safely and effectively?

The Best Free Kingston SSD Clone Software for Windows

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will assist you in the event of disk cloning. It’s a free yet powerful Kingston clone software, which makes you could copy entire hard drive (HDD) or SSD to Kingston SSD drive without losing data.

The software provides two methods to clone a hard drive, intelligent clone (copy only used space) and sector by sector clone (copy all sectors) for different situations. For example, you could clone large hard drive to smaller SSD with the intelligent clone way.

Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant would align partitions for SSD during the cloning process to improve SSD’s performance. You could also move operating system to SSD while keeping files on HDD with the tool if the need ever arises.

The software is Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported, and 100% clean which has no adware or bundled software. You may want to free download and have a try.

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How to Clone HDD to Kingston SSD with Easy Steps?

Before you clone, you have to ensure the Kingston SSD drive is larger than the used space of your original hard drive (HDD). Here are the details about clone hard drive (HDD) to Kingston SSD drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

Step 1. Connect Kingston SSD drive with your computer and make sure it can be detected. Start the Kingston SSD clone software - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, on the main window, select "All Tools"->“Disk Clone Wizard” at the left panel.

Disk Copy Wizard

Step 2. Select one of the disk copy methods to copy HDD, “Clone Disk Quickly” or “Sector-by-Sector Clone”, hit “Next”.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Select your original hard drive (HDD) as the source disk to clone, hit “Next” to continue.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Choose the new Kingston SSD drive as the target disk to save all the data from your HDD, and make sure you have checked the “Optimize the performance of SSD”, then press “Next” to go on.

Select Destination Disk

Tips: The content of Kingston SSD drive will be deleted after the copy operation, please backup data first.

Step 5. Edit the partition size on Kingston SSD drive, then click “Next”.

Edit Disk

There are three options you can choose:

  • Clone without resizing partitions: You don’t want to resize partitions and check this one.

  • Fit partitions to entire disk: You can fit these partitions to your Kingston SSD drive in accordance with the original proportion.

  • Edit partitions on this disk: You can edit the partition size on Kingston SSD according to your needs.

Step 6. Click “Finish” after you know how to boot from the Kingston SSD.


Step 7. Click “Apply” at the toolbar to confirm the “Pending Operations” and the program will start clone hard drive to Kingston SSD drive.


Note: You need to replace the cloned SSD with the original hard drive after copying. You may also need to change between Legacy and UEFI in BIOS if necessary.


Then you’ll find the operation of cloning hard drive (HDD) to Kingston SSD drive has been successful. In addition, for advanced users, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional provides you the advanced features, like allocate free space, convert primary partition to logical, convert dynamic disk to basic, etc.

For Windows Server users, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, it supports Windows Server 2016, 2012 (R2), 2008 (R2), 2003 (R2), 2000, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011.