Why mirror hard drive to SSD?
Mirroring hard drive is to make an exactly copy from one disk to another. It is meaningful to computer users. And here, let’s see why you might need to mirror hard drive to SSD.
● It can help you protect data from data loss. Many accidents may cause data loss during using the computer. However, if you have already copied hard drive to SSD, then, your data won’t be lost in the accident, and you can easily restore data from the mirrored SSD.
● It can speed up and upgrade your PC. No matter desktop or laptop users, you all want it to run fast. Well, the SSD is more stable and runs faster than HDD. If you want to upgrade your PC, replacing HDD with an SSD is a good way for speeding up and upgrading your PC - you can upgrade HDD to SSD without reinstalling OS and programs through this way.
Now, you should wonder how to mirror a hard drive to another HDD/SSD and boot from it successfully?
The software for mirroring hard disk to SSD
Mirroring hard drive to SSD isn’t an easy thing. It is an exactly copy from the source disk to destination disk, but not as same as simple copy and paste, which won’t allow you to boot from the SSD. If you are going to boot from the mirrored SSD, here we will introduce you a third party software that allows you mirror a disk to SSD and boot from it after mirroring.
The AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is such a great HDD and SSD clone software that you can use to clone hard drive to SSD. Its “Disk Clone Wizard” allows you to clone HDD to SSD, or clone hard drive to another hard drive with a few simple mouse-clicks. What’s more, you can repartition hard drive during copy hard drive to SSD, so that you can use the SSD directly after clone.
How to mirror hard drive to SSD step by step?
Here we will show you how to mirror a hard drive to SSD without reinstalling OS and losing data.
What you should prepare in advance:
▶A computer installed Windows OS. Here, the computer installed a hard drive with Windows OS. AOMEI Partition Assistant works on Windows all editions of 10/8/7/Vista/XP. The hard drive with Windows OS is the drive you are going to mirror.
▶A solid-state drive. This solid-state drive is the drive you’ll be mirroring to. The SSD should be equal or larger than the source drive’s used space.
▶Connect the SSD to computer. You might need an adaptor or an external dock to attach the SSD drive to the computer before cloning.
▶Backup the SSD data. The content in the target disk will be deleted during the operation. If there is any important data on the target disk, back it up first.
Then, you can download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant and start mirror hard drive to SSD as the following guidance:
Step 1.Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. You will see the basic environment of your hard drives. To mirror hard drive to SSD, here you should right click the original hard drive, select Clone Disk, or you can click Disk Clone Wizard/Disk Clone in the left pane to start.
Step 2. Choose a way to copy HDD to SSD. Here we highly recommend “Clone Disk Quickly” because it will only copy the used space of the disk to another disk, with this option, you can easily clone hard drive to a smaller SSD.
Step 3. Choose the disk you want to mirror, and click "Next".
Step 4. Select the SSD as the destination disk. Here you should check the option of “Optimize the performance of SSD” because it will align SSD so that it will be in the best status after clone.
Step 5. Here you can edit partition on the destination hard drive. Or you can resize partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant later.
Note: if you select Sector by Sector Clone before, you cannot edit partition size.
Step 6. After that, AOMEI Partition Assistant will give you a note for how to boot from the SSD after clone. Read it, and click Finish.
Step 7. You will back to the main interface. Click Apply at the toolbar to submit the whole progress.
After copying, you can boot computer from the destination SSD by changing boot mode.
- for mirroring Windows system hard drive to SSD, the free Standard edition only supports MBR to MBR disk clone. If you are cloning MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT disk, please upgrade to Professional.
Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to mirror hard drive to SSD is such a simple thing. It can be operated easily even a newbie can handle it. Besides copinghard drive to SSD, it has many other functions like migrate OS to SSD/HDD, convert between MBR disk and GPT disk, etc. If you are Windows Sever users, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable for you.