Freeware: Clone mSATA SSD to mSATA SSD with Secure Boot
You can get detailed steps on how to clone mSATA to mSATA SSD without boot issues and reinstalling apps.
mSATA (Mini-SATA) SSD (solid-state drive) has a small form factor and low power consumption. It is widely used in notebooks and ultrabooks. It’s bandwidth is up to 6GB per/second; It’s capacity might be 32GB, 128GB, 256GB, 1TB, etc. If your mSATA SSD in use is in low capacity, it’s not a bad decision to upgrade old mSATA to a large mSATA SSD. That is helpful in avoiding some issues, like Low Disk Space Warning.
When it comes to replacing mSATA SSD with another one, you might be hesitating as you don’t want to experience the time-wasting and energy-consuming process of reinstalling kinds of applications, reinstalling Windows operating system, and pasting lots of files and folders.
To save you from the bothering operations, you can choose to clone mSATA to mSATA SSD to copy everything, including OS from the old SSD to the new SSD. After cloning, you can run apps & OS on the new mSATA SSD as normally as in the original mSATA SSD drive.
As there is no disk clone feature in Windows 11/10/8/7, you can complete mSATA SSD to mSATA SSD copy via third-party cloning software. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, a free yet easy-to-use GUI disk copy tool, is highly recommended. It comes with the following highlights to best satisfy your cloning requirements.
1. Connect mSATA SSD to computer
Shut down your system and unplug the power cable. Hold down the power button for 3-5 seconds to discharge residual electricity. Remove the case cover from your desktop. Locate the mSATA socket on the motherboard. Align notches on the mSATA SSD with the ridges in the mSATA socket, then insert it into the socket. (Note: A mSATA USB adapter is necessary if there no extra hard drive bay for the new mSATA SSD).
2. Compare the capacity of both the source and destination disk
After the destination disk has been connected and detected by your computer, please check out their capacity. Ensure the destination hard drive has enough space to contain data from the source disk. If not, you might need to remove unnecessary files from the source mSATA SSD.
3. Back up important data
Since the cloning process will overwrite everything on the destination disk, please make a backup first of all if there are something important. For this task, the free AOMEI Backupper can help you a lot.
4. Free download and install the mSATA to mSATA SSD cloning software.
Step 1. Run the SSD cloning software. Then, go to All Tools and Disk Clone Wizard.
Step 2. The first method, Clone Disk Quickly has been selected by default. Click Next to continue.
The differences between the two copy methods:
▪ Clone Disk Quickly only clones used space. It takes less time and supports you to clone to a smaller disk as long as the capacity of the target disk is larger than the used space on the source disk.
▪ Sector-by-Sector clone copies all sectors whether used or not. It should be selected if you clone a hard drive with bad sector or clone BitLocker encrypted drive. The capacity of the target disk should not be smaller than the capacity of the source one.
Step 3. Choose the boot mSATA SSD as the source disk and click Next.
Step 4. Choose the new larger SSD as the target disk, check Optimize the performance of SSD and click Next.
Step 5. You are allowed to modify partitions on the target disk or you can leave it alone and create new partition on the unallocated space after cloning to a larger mSATA SSD.
A Note about how to boot computer from the target disk after cloning will show up, keep it in mind and click Finish.
Step 6. You’ll return to the home interface automatically. Click Apply and Proceed to commit the operation.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can clone mSATA SSD to mSATA SSD within simple clicks. This software can help you to manage your disk and partition conveniently and effectively. Some issues, like can’t extend C drive even there is unallocated space, file too large for the destination file system, etc. can be resolved effortlessly.