"Can I clone just a partition to SSD?"
“Hello, I am looking into buying a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD drive and then move my games partition from the current HDD to it to enjoy better experience. Right now the saved games are occupying about 100 GB of 350 GB space. I still don’t know how to perform it and what’s the free and best utility to clone a single partition to SSD, so anyone can help me! Thanks in advance!”
Freeware to clone a single partition to SSD in Windows PC
Cloning partition to Solid State Drive is a process of migrating a part of entire disk to the SSD drive. It is an effective way to make a data backup to avoid data loss someday or migrate all files on a specific partition from one disk to another more quickly than copying files one by one.
Windows is not equipped with such tools to clone a single partition from one disk to another, so a third-party cloning utility is required. Here, we would like to recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is free, powerful and compatible with all versions of Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. To clone partition to SSD, you will have two clone methods to choose:
1. Sector-by-Sector Clone: this method only copies the used space of the partition, and you can resize partition during the copy process. It allows the unallocated space to be smaller than the entire source partition size but must be larger than its used space.
2. Sector-by-Sector Clone: this method will copy every sector of the partition to another disk, no matter the sector is used or not. So it requires the unallocated space size to be larger than, at least equal to, the entire source partition size.
Guide: clone a partition to SSD free in Windows 10, 8, 7
Now, you can download the free partition cloning software and take the below steps to clone partition to solid-state-drive in Windows 10. The same steps can apply to clone recovery partition as well.
Attention: since only unallocated space can be chosen as target location, please ensure that the destination SSD drive has such space or you can delete or shrink an existing partition to get one first.
Step 1. Connect your SSD to the Windows computer and make sure it is detected successfully. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
Step 2. In its main interface, right click the partition you want to copy to SSD drive and select “Clone Partition”.
Step 3. In this window, choose a proper copying method according to your requirements.
Step 4. Now, choose the SSD drive as the destination space, and you can tick “Optimize the performance of SSD”, which can help optimize SSD performance.
Step 5. Here you can change partition size on the SSD drive if you choose “Clone Partition Quickly” in step 3. Then click “Finish” to go on.
Step 6. Then you will return to the main interface, where you can see the cloned partition on the SSD drive. Click “Apply” and "Proceed" to commit the pending operation and wait for it to complete.
When it is finished, all contents on the single partition D has been cloned to the destination SSD drive. And the programs or apps can load up as usual.
Further study: clone OS partition from HDD to SSD
The above content is based on cloning a single data partition to SSD drive. If you are planning to clone system partition (usually C: drive) on HDD to SSD, you can try “Migrate OS to SSD Wizard” of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Below is the instruction:
Note: the free Standard version only supporting cloning OS partition from MBR to MBR disk. If you are cloning OS drive from MBR to GPT, GPT to GPT, or GPT to MBR, you have to upgrade to Professional edition.
Step 1.Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click on the "Migrate OS to SSD" option and read the introduction.
Step 2. Select your SSD as the destination for the OS transfer.
Step 3. Now, you can resize the system partition and change the drive letter on the new SSD.
Step 4. Read the pop-out boot note when necessary.
Step 5. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.
After the migration, to boot from the cloned SSD, you need to take the following steps:
1. Restart your computer and long press “F2” or other possible keys like DEL, ESC, F8 to enter the BIOS environment.
2. Change the boot order and set the cloned SSD as the first boot drive in the BIOS.
3. (Optional) if you cloned OS partition from MBR to GPT, or GPT to MBR disk, you have to change Legacy to UEFI boot mode, or UEFI to Legacy boot mode.
4. Then save all the changes and exit. Finally, you should boot the computer from the cloned SSD successfully.
See? With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, it can be easy as a pie to clone partition to SSD in Windows 10/8/7 no matter you want to clone a single data partition or OS partition to solid-state drives. Besides, it also allows you to clone an entire disk to another new one, and even clone larger disk to smaller disk. For Windows Server users to clone single partition to SSD/HDD, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is highly recommended.