Traditional hard drive (HDD) is the storage device to read and write data via moving parts, which has higher latency, longer read and write times, larger power consumption. And it is heavier and more vulnerable to be damaged by collision than SSDs.
Solid-state drive (SSD) is a newer device compared with HDD disk. With no moving parts, it has slower latency, faster speed of reading and writing speed, easier to carry, more resistant to physical shock than HDDs.
SSD is more popular in computer hardware and gradually replaces HDD as the main 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 their 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:
1. Move OS without reinstalling operating system or applications.
2. Keep favorite computer settings intact.
3. Boot up a computer in a shorter time.
4. Load applications or play games more smoothly.
5. Upgrade hard drive capacity or utilize more space for the operating system.
6. Get a better performance than ever.
No matter what reason brings you the idea to clone a hard drive to Kingston SSD, the important problem is how could you clone the hard 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 the entire hard drive (HDD) or SSD to Kingston SSD drive without losing data.
The software provides two methods to clone a hard drive, "Clone Disk Quickly" (copy only used space) and "Sector-by-Sector" Clone (copy all sectors) for different situations. For example, you could clone a large hard drive to a smaller SSD with the "Clone Disk Quickly". Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant would align partitions for SSD during the cloning process to improve SSD’s performance. You could also move the operating system to SSD while keeping files on HDD with the tool if the need ever arises.
The software is Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista supported, and 100% clean which has no adware or bundled software. You can free download and have a try.
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. Click “Clone Disk” in the right menu.
Step 2. Select one of the disk copy methods to copy HDD, “Clone Disk Quickly” or “Sector-by-Sector Clone”, hit “Next”.
Step 3. Select your original hard drive (HDD) as the source disk to clone, hit “Next” to continue.
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.
Tips: The content of the Kingston SSD drive will be deleted after the copy operation, please backup data first.
Step 5. Edit the partition size on the Kingston SSD drive, then click “Next”.
▶ There are three options to edit the partitions: • Clone without resizing partitions: You don’t want to resize partitions and check this one. • Fit partitions to the 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 cloning the hard drive to the 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.
When the process finishes, 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 allocating free space, converting MBR to GPT, converting dynamic disk to basic, etc.