Simple Steps to Clone HDD to Smaller HDD/SSD in Windows 10, 8, 7
You can easily clone HDD to smaller HDD with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Get more details on this page.
“Recently, I bought a new HDD of 250GB, planning to replace my old HDD (500GB in total, leaving 300GB free space) with Windows 10 installed. So I want to clone all the things into my new hard drive. Then I can boot computer from the new HDD as usual. But the problem is that the new HDD is smaller than the old one, so can I clone 500GB HDD to 250GB HDD?”
When it comes to cloning hard drive, you might just know how to clone hard drive to larger drive when you meet low disk space warning. But can you clone a bigger hard drive to smaller drive? Yes, you can do that when you get a powerful disk cloning software.
Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is highly recommended for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista users. This tool supports copying only used space from one disk to another, that is to say, as long as the used space of the source disk is smaller than the total available space of destination disk, you can clone a larger HDD to a smaller HDD or SSD drive.
Therefore, if you are experiencing the same situation as the user in the first section: the used space of the old hard drive is around 200GB and the new hard drive size is 250GB, you can clone the larger HDD to another smaller HDD or solid-state drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Before you clone bigger HDD to smaller HDD or SSD in Windows PC, please check out the following notices:
Now you can download the Demo version and learn how to copy large HDD to smaller HDD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro.
Step 1. Launch the hard drive cloning software. In the main interface, click “All Tools” and go to “Disk Clone Wizard”.
Step 2. In this window, you have two copying methods. In order to copy a larger HDD to a smaller HDD, please choose “Clone Disk Quickly” which only copies the used space of the source disk. Then click “Next”.
Step 3. Select the source disk you want to clone to the smaller disk. And click “Next”. Here we choose disk 1 (system disk and 931GB) as an example.
Step 4. Select the destination disk (350GB HDD, smaller than 931GB HDD) to contain all data on the source disk. Then a note on data loss on the target disk will appear, click “Yes” to close it and then click “Next” to continue.
Step 5. Here, you can fit partitions or edit partitions on the target disk. The first option is unclickable since the target disk is smaller than the source disk.
Step 6. Then you can see a note about how to boot from cloned disk. Click “Finish” after you read it.
Step 7. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” to perform the operation. Since it involves the system partition, it will be performed under PreOS mode, and a reboot is necessary.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can effortlessly clone HDD to smaller HDD or SSD and boot PC from cloned hard drive afterward. Besides, its “Migrate OS to SSD Wizard” also allows you to clone only Windows 10/8/7 partition to smaller HDD and SSD drive when necessary.
After cloning, you can format or wipe the old HDD for reuse. Moreover, this versatile disk manager software can even help you to allocate free space from one partition to another, split partition without losing data, extend NTFS system partition without rebooting computer, etc. Definitely worth your trying.