Do you know how to clone hard drive to SSD with ease and would not bring any damage to the original data? MiniTool provides two pieces of best SSD cloning software which enable you to clone or migrate OS from HDD to SSD with ease.
Nowadays, SSD is becoming more and more popular since it has better performance, longer lifespan, better reliability and so on. Of course, there is no doubt that SSD also has many other advantages and you can read the following post to learn more.
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As SSD has so many advantages, more and more people would like to upgrade their hard drives to SSDs. Do you know how to clone OS from HDD to SSD without data loss?
In this post, we will show you how to migrate or clone OS from HDD to SSD without data loss with the best SSD cloning software.
What You Need for Migration?
1. Prepare the SSD firstly
To migrate or clone SSD from HDD to SSD, you need to prepare an SSD firstly. With the SSD cloning software, you will not losing any personal data when the migrating process is finished.
2. Wipe your original HDD
When the disk cloning or migrating process is finished, you can remove it from your computer and wipe the original hard drive for reuse, then boot your computer from the new SSD. Usually, the SSD can bring better performance for users.
With these advantages, do you know how to migrate OS or clone OS from HDD to SSD?
How to Upgrade OS Hard Drive Windows 10/8/7?
To upgrade system hard drive Windows 10/8/7 without data losing, MiniTool provides two pieces of software. And in the following part, we will show you how to clone OS from HDD to SSD with step-by-step guide.
First of all, let’s look at the first best SSD cloning software Windows 10. It is MiniTool ShadowMaker.
MiniTool ShadowMaker is a piece of Windows backup software which enables you to back up the file, folder, disk, partition, and the operating system so as to safeguard the computer and data.
MiniTool ShadowMaker is also a piece of file sync software which can help you to sync files and folder to two or more locations, providing protection for your data.
On top of that, MiniTool ShadowMaker is also the best free cloning software for SSD. It can help you to clone the hard drive to the SSD with ease and with great speed. The most important thing is that it would not give rise to data loss or would not bring any damage to the original data during the cloning process.
Thus, the free SSD cloning software – MiniTool ShadowMaker is a great choice. And you can download MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial from the following button or choose to purchase an advanced edition.
And now, it is time to clone hard drive to SSD. We will show you how to operate step by step with this free disk cloning software.
Step 1: Connect the SSD to your computer. Install and launch the SSD cloning software, click Keep Trial, and click Connect in This Computer to continue.
Step 2: After entering the main interface of the best disk cloning software, please go to the Tools tab. And then choose the Clone Disk feature to continue.
Step 3: In the popup window, you are required to choose a source disk and target SSD for the disk clone.
Step 4: Clicking the Source module to choose the disk clone source. Here, it is recommended to choose to clone the system disk to SSD for a good performance. And click Finish to continue.
Step 5: Then choose the SSD as the target disk and click Finish to continue.
Step 6: After you have successfully selected the disk clone source and destination, you can click OK to continue.
Step 7: Then you will receive a warning message that tells you all data on the target disk will be destroyed during the disk cloning process. Thus, you can back up them in advance if there is important data on the target SSD. In fact, MiniTool ShadowMaker also enables you to back up files so as to keep them safe. Then click Yes to continue.
Step 8: Then the SSD cloning software will begin to clone the hard drive to SSD and you need to wait several minutes until the process is finished.
Step 9: When the disk clone process is finished, you will receive a message which tells you that the source disk and the target disk have the same signature. Thus, you need to disconnect or remove either of them. And if you want to boot your computer from the target disk, please change the BIOS settings.
When you have finished all steps, you can find that it is very easy to clone hard drive to SSD with the best free SSD cloning software – MiniTool ShadowMaker. And this free hard drive cloning software would not give rise to data loss.
In addition, if you want to replace your hard drive with the target SSD, you can shut down the computer, remove the system disk, and put the target SSD to the original place. After that, you may find that the performance of your computer has become better.
MiniTool Partition Wizard
In this part, we will introduce the second free disk cloning software – MiniTool Partition Wizard.
MiniTool Partition Wizard is user-friendly partition magic that is designed to optimize partition and disk use with its powerful features.
This best free cloning software for SSD can also help you to clone your hard drive to SSD without data loss.
Besides disk clone, it also can help you to extend partition without data loss, analyze the disk space, convert the disk to MBR or GPT without losing any personal data, do some partition repair and so on.
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In order to clone hard drive to SSD, you need to download the SSD cloning software or purchase an advanced edition firstly.
Then we will show you how to clone hard drive to SSD with this best free SSD cloning software. We take how to clone Windows 10 to SSD as an example in this post.
First of all, we show you a video about how to clone the operating system from HDD to the SSD.
Clone Hard Drive to SSD
Step 1: Connect the SSD to your computer and launch this free disk cloning software to enter its main interface.
Step 2: Select the disk you want to clone and choose Copy from the context menu to continue. Here, the system disk is selected.
Step 3: In the popup window, you are required to choose a target disk. Please note the target disk should be large enough to save all files of the source disk. Then click Next to continue.
Step 4: In the popup window, you can see there are two copy options. You need to read them carefully and choose the available one based on your own needs. Then click Next to continue.
- For SSD users, it is highly recommended to choose the option Align partition to 1MB since it could improve the disk performance.
- If you want to clone hard drive to a GPT disk with this best disk cloning software, the option Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk should be chosen and this is a paid feature. Thus, you need to purchase an advanced edition.
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Step 5: In the popup window, please read the note carefully and click Finish to continue.
Step 6: Then you can preview the changes and click Apply to confirm the changes.
When you have finished all steps, you can find that you have successfully cloned the hard drive to SSD with this best free SSD cloning software Windows 10.
As we have mentioned in the above part, MiniTool Partition Wizard is a piece of powerful SSD cloning software because it has another feature to clone hard drive to SSD apart from the Copy Disk feature. It is the Migrate OS to SSD feature.
Then we will show you how to migrate OS to SSD with this best SSD cloning software Windows 10 step by step.
Migrate OS to SSD
First of all, please download or purchase MiniTool Partition Wizard and install it.
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Step 1: Connect the SSD to your computer. Launch the free SSD cloning software to enter its main interface.
Step 2: Select the system disk and choose Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard from the left pane to continue.
Step 3: In the popup window, you can see two options. If you want to replace the system disk with another hard disk, option A should be chosen. If you only want to copy the system related partition, you can choose the option B. And here, we choose option A as an example and click Next to continue.
Step 4: Then choose a target disk and click Next to go on.
Step 5: Then choose one copy option based on your own needs and click Next to continue. Of course, the Align partitions to 1MB option is recommended because it can improve disk performance with a SSD.
Step 6: Next, you are required to configure the computer BIOS setting and click Finish to go on.
Step 7: At last, you can preview that the entire system disk has been migrated to the SSD with this disk clone software Windows 10 and click Apply to confirm the changes.
When all the above steps are finished, you can successfully migrate the operating system to the SSD with this SSD cloning software.
And in this way, not only it is a convenient way for you to upgrade to a larger hard drive without data loss, but also it is an effective way to provide protection for the data and the operating system.
And the best cloning software for SSD – MiniTool Partition Wizard has provided two powerful and user-friendly features for you to clone hard drive to SSD.
In addition, you can use either MiniTool ShadowMaker or MiniTool Partition Wizard to clone hard drive to SSD without data loss so as to pursue better performance.
In this post, we have introduced two pieces of SSD cloning software which are MiniTool ShadowMaker and MiniTool Partition Wizard. And we have offered three methods to you to clone hard drive to SSD with ease. You can try one of them.
And if you have any better solution to clone hard drive or SSD, please share it on the comment zone.
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