Have you ever encountered the following situations?
- Your current drive is full of stuff and you want to replace it with a larger drive.
- You are informed “Hard disk failure is imminent” and you have to replace it with a new disk.
- Your system disk is obsolete and you want to change it to a modern one so as to speed up your computer.
There are many other situations when hard drive replacement is needed. When you plan to replace your old hard drive, the most important part is to transfer all your data. You may think of the copy-and-paste method. However, it can be cumbersome and time-consuming if there are a large number of files to be transferred.
To save yourself from the heavy workload, you may seek help from professional disk cloning software.
Best free disk clone software – AOMEI Backupper
Among the plenty of cloning tools, I find the free disk cloning software – AOMEI Backupper Standard works the best. It has the following outstanding features:
◉ Intelligent Clone
The program uses the “Intelligent Clone” method by default. As a result, you are able to clone hard drive even from a larger one to a smaller one. The only requirement is that the used space on the source drive is smaller than the target drive.
◉ Sector By Sector Clone
For users who want to make an exact copy of the source disk, there is an option called “Sector By Sector Clone”. If you enable this option, all sectors on the source drive (including blank and bad sectors) will be copied to the destination drive. To use this option, you should make sure the capacity of the destination disk is no less than that of the source disk.
◉ Hot/Cold Clone
AOMEI Backupper allows you to clone a hard drive within Windows or without Windows. If you clone a hard drive when the system is running, the program uses VSS technology to ensure you can use your computer to do other jobs in the cloning process. To clone a hard drive without Windows, you need to create a bootable device to boot your computer first.
◉ 4K Partition Alignment
AOMEI Backupper is embedded with the “SSD Alignment” feature. If you are going to replace your old hard drive with an SSD, this feature will help to increase the read/write speed of the destination SSD as well as extend its service life. All branded SSDs are supported, such as Samsung SSD, Crucial SSD, WD SSD, and Kingston SSD, etc.
Stepwise guide to transfer data from HDD to SSD
Let say you are changing your current hard drive to an SSD. First, you need to choose an SSD that fits your computer and your budget. You may also need a USB-to-SATA adaptor to connect your SSD if you are using a laptop. Then, follow the steps below to begin hard drive cloning.
Step 1. Connect the destination SSD to your computer properly. If the SSD contains any data, backup it in advance.
Step 2. Get the free cloning software downloaded, install and launch it on your PC. When it loads up, click Clone and select Disk Clone.
Step 3. Choose the old hard drive that you want to clone and click Next.
Step 4. Choose the prepared SSD to store the cloned data and click Next.
Step 5. At the Operation Summary page, check the SSD Alignment option to optimize SSD performance. Confirm the source and destination disk information. If there is no problem, click Start Clone to begin transferring data from HDD to SSD.
Step 6. The program will finish the cloning process in the background. Click Finish when it is done.
AOMEI Backupper is the best free disk cloning software for Windows PC. It can help you transfer data from one hard drive to another easily and quickly. Thanks to its intuitive interface, everyone can operate it like an expert.
What’s more, it is still the best backup software for Windows 11/10/8/7. It enables you to create a system image and restore your computer to an earlier date when problems occur. You can also create a disk image to protect all data on a local disk, external hard drive or USB stick, etc.