By Bryce / Last Updated January 14, 2022

About mSATA SSD

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.

MSATA SSD

When to clone mSATA SSD to mSATA SSD?

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.

Freeware to clone mSATA SSD to another mSATA SSD

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.

Clone all partitions, including hidden boot related partitions, to the destination disk so that you can boot from it afterwards.
Allow to clone larger mSATA SSD to a smaller one since it can clone only used sectors to the target hard drive.
Migrate only OS related partition from mSATA SSD to another SSD with the "Migrate OS to SSD Wizard".
Permit to align partitions to optimize SSD performance during cloning.

Preparations before Cloning mSATA SSD

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).

Install mSATA

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.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Steps to clone mSATA to mSATA SSD

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. 

✍ Notes:
A reboot is necessary as this operation involves system partition and needs to be performed under PreOS environment.
This cloning software also supports you to clone HDD to mSATA SSD, clone mSATA SSD to HDD, clone HDD to HDD and so on.
For cloning boot disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports only MBR to MBR; you can upgrade to Professional version to clone MBR system to GPT SSD or GPT system disk to GPT/MBR disk.

Final words

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.