How to Clone to SSD（Free）in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
If you need to clone to SSD for free without reinstalling, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can help you transfer HDD to SSD easily and safely.
"I bought an M.2 SSD drive for my PC and want to replace the pre-reinstalled HDD with it. I want to clone Windows to SSD instead of making a fresh installation. Is there any cloning software that can help me to clone to SSD for free from old HDD?"
Although at the beginning of the appearance of SSD, small capacity with the high price makes lots of users keep the bias toward HDD, after several years of the development of SSD tech, SSD now has become affordable. As the successor of HDD, SSD is always famous for its better performance, fast speed, lower consumption, and stability. Thus, more and more modern machines prefer to choose SSD as the internal disk.
If your machine installed an HDD, and you bought a new SSD, you can keep all your OS settings and installed programs without reinstalling everything by cloning HDD to SSD. And you can also transfer an old SSD to a new SSD to do a disk upgrade for a better experience.
After cloning is over, you can get a duplicate of all the content (including system files) on your original disk. It's quite convenient for users who might wish to keep all things on the computer but need to upgrade the devices.
To run SSD clone, you can try a free cloning software for SSD/HDD - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows cloning HDD to SSD for free in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.
For disk cloning, it has two options for users: Clone Disk Quickly can clone only used space and the entire disk, so you can not only use it to clone the disk to a smaller SSD; Sector-by-Sector Clone supports clone the entire disk, including bad sectors. In addition, it will align SSD during clone to boost its performance.
Now, you can download this free clone HDD to SSD utility to see how to clone to SSD for free.
Now, I will show you how to clone to SSD. Before starting, we need to do some preparations in advance to ensure that there are no issues during the cloning process.
Then, you can follow the guide about how to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7.
Step 1. Install and run the cloning software for SSD. Click “Clone Disk” in the right menu.
Step 2. In this window, you need to choose a copying method to clone to SSD. Here "Clone Disk Quickly" is selected.
Step 3. Select the disk who's all data including OS needs to be migrated as the source disk.
Step 4. Choose the new SSD as your destination disk. Tick the box before "Optimize the performance of SSD" to make SSD 4K alignment.
Step 5. Here you can adjust the partition size on the destination disk. When cloning to a smaller disk, the first option will be greyed out.
Step 6. You’ll get a note on how to boot from the destination disk after cloning. Keep it in mind and click “Finish”.
Step 7. In the home interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the operation.
This is the full guide on how to clone hard drive to SSD for free, if you have no idea about how to boot from the new SSD after cloning to SSD (for free), keep reading.
▶ If the PC can hold only one disk, you need to remove the old hard drive and install the new SSD.
Step 1. Unplug the power, remove the battery from the laptop, and press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds to release any residual power.
Step 2. Remove the case cover and locate the old hard drive on the motherboard. Loosen the screw and unplug your old disk.
Step 3. Install the new SSD into the slot and screw the screws to fasten the bracket.
Step 4. Finally, place the case cover and battery back onto the laptop; and connect the power.
▶ If it's available to hold the old hard drive and new SSD on the PC, you can enter BIOS to set the new SSD as the first boot device.
Step 1. Reboot the PC and press a functional key (ESC, F1, F2, F8, or F10) during the startup screen to enter BIOS.
Step 2. In the BIOS setup, go to the Boot tab and use arrow keys to set the new SSD as the first position in the list.
Step 3. Save and exit from the BIOS setup.