How to: 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 normally.
As there is no disk clone feature in Windows 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 can clone all partitions, covering hidden boot related partitions, ensuring the target mSATA SSD bootable.
✐ And it can make partition alignment automatically to optimize SSD performance during cloning.
✐ What's more, it allows you to migrate OS related partitions only from mSATA SSD to another SSD.
Free download it and take a closer look at how to clone mSATA to mSATA SSD.
Step 1. Connect the larger mSATA SSD to your PC (mSATA USB adapter is necessary if there no extra hard drive bay for the new mSATA SSD). Install and 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.