Backup or Clone HDD to SSD via USB?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 15, 2016

It’s the easiest way to clone HDD to SSD via USB so that you can upgrade your old HDD to a new SSD.

Why is it good to clone HDD to SSD via USB?

Here USB means the USB to SATA adapter, which allows you to connect internal devices that use SATA interface (such as hard drives and SSDs) to your PC by simply plugging them into a USB port, so that you can access the contents of an internal hard drive externally to aid in PC disaster recovery and other scenarios, for example,

You decide to replace your old HDD (hard disk drive) with an SSD (solid state drive). Then you can use an SATA to USB adapter to connect the SSD as an external USB drive and clone HDD to SSD via USB. After you finish clone, just remove the internal HDD and replace it with the SSD.

But if your laptop’s HDD develops a major malfunction and Windows cannot boot up. You can remove the old drive from your laptop, install the new SSD, install Windows on it and then connect your failed HDD with USB as a temporary external drive. In this situation, you still have a decent chance to copy your files from HDD to SSD except that the drive is completely dead.

Considering two situations above, we know that clone HDD to SSD USB is a good way to replace the old hard drive with SSD, as well as backup from HDD to SSD via USB when Windows is no longer boot up.

How to successfully clone HDD to SSD via USB?

In order to clone hard drive to SSD USB successfully, we recommend you AOMEI Backupper. It’s a professional and free clone software, supporting all Windows editions including Windows XP\Vista\7\8\8.1\10.

Step1:Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

Clone Disk

Step 2: Select your HDD as source disk( here is disk 0), then click “Next”.

Source Disk

Step 3: Select SSD as destination disk (here is disk 1), then click “Next” to continue.

Destination Disk

Step 4: In this window, you can preview the operation result. Then, click “Start Clone”.

Opereation Summary


1. If you need to adjust your SSD’s partition size and location, "Edit the partition on the disk” is helpful and optional after upgrading toAOMEI Backupper Professional.

2. “Sector by sector clone” is optional to copy all sectors of the disk to the destination disk whether in use or not, but the destination disk size must be equal to or larger than the source disk.

3. “Align partition to optimize for SSD” is highly recommend here, for you can tick this option to optimize the performance of the SSD.

Step 5: Wait for the process to complete and then click “Finish”. A disk clone can take several hours depending on the size of the source disk.


Tip: AOEMI Backupper is also a powerful backup software, and when Windows cannot boot up, you can use it to backup from HDD to SSD via USB. And this is as simple as clone HDD to SSD via USB.