Best Way to Clone Boot Drive to SSD in Windows 10/8/7

Why do you clone Windows boot drive to SSD?

Clone boot drive to SSD means migrating the C drive to SSD (Solid State Drive). Normally, the boot drive including Boot, Page File, Crash Dump and the System Reserved Partition. In most cases, the boot drive and system drive are separated in Windows 7/8/10.

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Most users need to clone boot hard drive to SSD in following situations:

  • Layout the exactly configuration of this computer to other computers.
  • Make a duplication of this operating system in case the operating system fails one day.
  • Upgrade the current HDD to a larger and better performed SSD. As time goes by, a tons of data or applications occupied your disk eventually, which affect the performance of your operating system more or less.

However, how to clone boot drive to SSD? That’s too bad that you cannot use Windows internal utility Disk Management to complete this operation. Because it has no Clone function embedded in. Or, you can try Windows 8 disk imaging software as well as for Windows 7/10, but you need to restore the image to SSD later and restore everything on the disk. If this is not what you look for, then luckily you can try one comprehensive freeware, AOMEI Backupper Standard. It has a user-friendly interface, so don’t worry about the operations even though you have less knowledge of computer. You can clone disk, clone system and clone partition/volume with this program. It is more than adequate for most users. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and have a try.

Clone boot drive with AOMEI Backupper

Connect the SSD to your PC first. Install and launch this program.

Step1. Select Clone > System Clone.

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Step2. Choose the destination partition (the C drive and System Reserved Partition are selected by default).

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Step3. Check out the operation summary, and click Start Clone. It is strongly recommend you to tick the box Align the partition optimized for SSD because this feature could improve the speed of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.

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Tips: You can edit the size, drive letter and partition style of the cloned partition by clicking Edit the size of partition.

Easy and fast, you could clone boot drive to SSD in only four steps. After the operation finished, if you want to boot from SSD, make sure you have set it as the first boot drive, and make it the active primary partition. Then you can use the previous hard drive as the secondary storage. If you want to deploy the same configuration to other computers, try System Clone because it will clone the system reserved partition as well. If you are running the latest operating system, Windows 10, it is worth to try Windows 10 create backup boot disk and restore the image to the SSD. Other features are provided in AOMEI Backupper, such as Incremental and Differential Backup, System Restore, Create Bootable Rescue Media etc. This software supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista as well as NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, EXT2, EXT3 and other file systems.

The advanced edition of Standard, AOMEI Backupper Professional and AOMEI Backupper Server, come with more helpful features, such as Universal Restore, command line clone, and disk space management. The latter edition, as its name implies, is suitable for Windows Server OS including Server 2016, Server 2012, and SBS 2011 etc.

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