By AOMEI / Last Updated September 20, 2018

Why clone to SSD?

Searching on the Internet, it’s not difficult to find that many people are asking questions like “How to clone to SSD for free?”, “I want to clone all the things on my HDD into my new SSD, what should I do?”.

As is known to all, HDD is short for Hard Disk Drive; SSD is the abbreviation of Solid State Drive. Both of the two disks are commonly used and do the same job. But compared with HDD, SSD has better performance. It has many advantages like less power usage, faster data access, better reliability, as well as no noise. Therefore, many computer users prefer to choose SSD. If you purchased a new SSD, you can upgrade your hard drive to SSD without reinstalling the system and reinstalling the application through disk clone. Besides, you can quickly migrate all data from the old disk to your SSD by cloning. If all the data in the current system’s disk is important, you can clone the disk to the SSD to make a complete backup recovery, make a clone of the disk and then restore the desired data from the cloned disk.

Best SSD cloning software

Usually people used to transfer OS from old disk to SSD with Windows’ built-in tool, the steps are like below:

1. Move data off any non-OS partitions from operating system disk and delete these partitions.

2. Shrink the OS partition to fit the new SSD.

3. Make an image of the OS partition to an external hard drive.

4. Install your new SSD.

5. Restore the OS image from the external hard drive.

6. Resize the OS partition to fill the SSD capacity.

7. Have Windows re-rate the OS drive so it recognizes it as an SSD.

After previewing this, you may find that cloning to SSD with Windows built-in tool really can be a complex process. So, how to clone to SSD easily? Here you need to ask third party free cloning software for help since Windows built-in utilities are without this “cloning” feature at present. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free and reliable hard drive partition management that allows you to perform SSD clone in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP as well as Windows Vista. If you purchase a new SSD, and want to clone HDD to SSD, this free cloning software can be very helpful.

How to clone to SSD free with AOMEI Partition Assistant?

The specific steps of clone to SSD free with AOMEI Partition Assistant are as follow:

(Take Cloning HDD to SSD for example)

Step 1.Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. At the main interface, click “Disk Copy Wizard” on the left side bar. In the pop-up window, select disk copy method in your need.

Disk Copy Wizard

* Copy Disk Quickly: this method will clone the used part on source disk only, and the cloning process takes up less time.

Sector-by-Sector Copy: it will clone every sector on source SSD including accidently formatted sections. And it takes more time.

Step 2. In the next window, select the old disk you want to clone (here is the old HDD) as the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Then, you should select destination disk. (here is your new SSD). Check “Optimize the performance of SSD” at the bottom of the window to align SSD partition automatically.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Next, there are three options to edit partitions on target SSD, select one of them based on your needs.

Edit Disk

Step 5. After that, it will go back to the main interface. Preview the virtual result and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to complete these operations.

Apply Proceed

Tips: The cloning time depends on how much data on your source disk. Don’t remove the SSD until the progress finished.


When you consider clone to SSD free, AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best SSD cloning software. Besides Disk Copy Wizard, it also provides you many other advanced features like resize/move/delete partition. If you want to clone system disk to SSD, the function Migrate OS to SSD is suitable for you. If you need to align the partition of your SSD, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. The function Partition Alignment can help you align the partitions of the SSD.