By Bryce / Last Updated November 4, 2020

Scenario

“I have bought my computer five years ago and it used to works well. Now, the computer’s boot and operating speed are not satisfying. Thus, I want to purchase an Intel SSD to replace the original HDD in my computer to improve its performance. I have no will to keep all the data and files on the original hard drive; what I want to keep is only the partition that my favorite computer game is installed on.

Therefore, I just need to clone the partition that I want to keep to SSD. Is it possible to clone only the partition to SSD in Windows 7? If the answer is “yes”, how should I reach my goal?”

How to clone (OS) partition to SSD in Windows 7, 8, 10

It is a wise decision to upgrade HDD to SSD to improve your PC's performance when it is slow to boot, However, Windows 7 has no built-in tool to clone partition to SSD. Thus, computer users have to find out third-party partition cloning software to clone partition windows 7.

✔ Part 1. Choose good partition cloning software

As the data and system on the partition that you want to keep are very important, it is rather necessary to choose good clone software, which should be in accordance with the following standards:

Safe and reliable: As good partition copy software, safety and reliability are the most essential. If the software always fails to complete the supposed task, I can find no reason to choose it.
Easy-to-handle: There is no doubt that great partition cloning software shall be easy to handle for computer users. If you can’t operate the tool, it is useless even if it is with various and excellent functions.
Comprehensive: Comprehensive software will cover many aspects and offer a better experience to computer users.

It is not easy to find partition cloning software that is able to totally meet all standards listed above. Fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is the right one. It is for Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, and Vista. It has an intuitive GUI, allowing users to operate it very easily. Apart from a specified data partition to SSD, it can clone only OS-related partitions or clone all data (OS-related partitions and data partitions) from one disk to another. It is available to download AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Demo version to have a try!

Download Demo Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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✔ Part 2. Detailed tutorial on copying partition in Windows 7, 8, 10

In advance of cloning partition to SSD or HDD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you need to know the following things:

  • Connect SSD to your computer and if it is a laptop, a SATA to USB cable may be demanded.

  • Only the unallocated space can be chosen as the target location. If there is no unallocated space on the disk, you could delete or wipe out unused partitions or resize partition to get unallocated space.

Step 1. To copy partition in Windows 7 to SSD, launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional at first. Right-click the partition and choose "Clone Partition".

✔ Note: To migrate Windows 7, 8, 10 to another hard drive, it's recommended to choose Migrate OS to SSD under "Wizards".

Step 2. Select partition copy way in the following pop-up window, and click “Next”.

Select Partition Clone Method

Notices:

  • “Clone Partition Quickly” only clone the used space of the partition to the destination space and the whole process is faster. It allows users to resize and move partition during the cloning process. The space of destination one has to equal ore large than the used space of the source partition.

  • “Sector-by-Sector Clone” will copy every sector of the partition to the destination space. But it costs more time to implement the task and prohibit you to resize partition; the space of target one shall be equal to or large than the source partition.

Step 3. Select the source partition that you want to copy and click “Next”.

Select Source Partition

Step 4. Select the target space and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

PS: If you want to copy a partition to an SSD, tick the box before “Optimize the performance of SSD” to optimize SSD. Therefore, you can gain a better user experience.

Step 4. In the following Windows, you can resize and move partition by dragging and change drive letter. Then, click “Next”.

Resize Partition

If the partition contains OS system, you’ll receive the message that highly recommends you use the “Migrate OS to SSD” function to reach the goal of the copying system partition to the target one. Clicking “Yes” is the best choice for you.

Step 5. Click “Apply” to carry out the pending operation.

Apply Proceed

Note: Reboot is needed if the partition that you need to clone contains system, AOMEI Partition Assistant install directory and page files or there are some programs that are running.

Conclusion

It is obvious that AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is able to help you to clone partition in Windows 7, 8, 10 effortlessly and securely. To clone partition or hard drive in Windows Server, you can use AOMEI Partition Assitant Server.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is featured with many other powerful functions. For example, it can resize, move, and delete partition; it can make conversion between MBR and GPT without data loss. All in all, it is a comprehensive and useful tool that can help you to manage disk without efforts.