Best Way to Upgrade Laptop from HDD to SSD in Windows 7/8.1/10

Posted by @Teresa

September 22, 2017

This article will show you how to upgrade old or new Dell/Toshiba/HP/Acer/Asus from HDD to SSD drive in an easy way with powerful AOMEI Backupper in Windows 7/8.1/10.

Why you upgrade laptop to SSD?

In recent years, some laptops are installed with SSD when you purchase them. However, the majority of laptops are come with tradition hard drive, HDD. There are many articles talked about the differences between HDD and SSD on the Internet. Simply summarize, SSDs run faster than HDDs due to no moving parts inside. Besides, SSD consumes less battery power and make lower noisy when it works. Although it is created with advanced technologies, its prices become more and more reasonable and can be accepted by most users. Thus, you may occasionally hear this or that friend says he wants to upgrade old laptop to SSD. Absolutely, if the new laptop has SSD installed, you may still want to upgrade SSD to new SSD and gain bigger capacity.

Above situation is talking about computer performance and personal experience improving. Sometimes, you just have to replace your Dell, Toshiba, HP, Asus or Acer laptop hard drive. For instance, hard drive fails eventually. When you find the laptop runs slower and slower or when you cannot read some files, chances are that the hard drive is dying. This is the case that you have to replace old hard drive with a new one. By contrast, SSD is not a bad choice.

Before upgrading laptop from HDD to SSD

To upgrade a hard drive in laptop, you need to do following preparations:

  • A replacement for your current hard drive. Be sure the SSD is suitable for your laptop. If you have no idea about this, please contact your laptop manufacturer for support.
  • A Phillips screwdriver used to uninstall laptop internal hard drive. You may need a small box as well that used to place screws.
  • An USB drive or CD/DVD disc used as bootable media. Following will take USB drive for example.
  • Storage device used to store hard drive backup image. It can be NAS, network share or external drive.
  • Reliable backup & restore utility AOMEI Backupper Professional (Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported). It is suggested to upgrade via backup and restore method on laptop to ensure the success. But if you prefer to clone disk to disk, this software also meets the requirement. For more information about cloning, please refer to clone HDD to mSATA SSD.
  • Patience and carefulness.

How to upgrade laptop to SSD drive in Windows 7?

Step 1. Connect the storage device to your laptop and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Download, install and start AOMEI Backupper. Go Backup and then Disk Backup. Select the source disk and destination path separately and start the backup. When you finish, remove this storage.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Connect the USB drive to your laptop and make sure it can be detected by Windows. Open AOMEI Backupper and go Utilities > Create Bootable Media. It is suggested to create WinPE ISO file instead of Linux. Follow the wizard and complete the process. When you finish, remove this bootable media.

Create Bootable Media

Step 3. Remove all laptop peripherals. Take off the battery and unbolt screws with the Phillips screwdriver. Replace the internal HDD with SSD and reset all objects.

Step 4. Plug in the bootable USB as well as the storage device. Boot the laptop and you’ll see the familiar AOMEI Backupper icon on the desktop. Start it to do restore. By default, the backup image will be detected automatically. If it is not found, click Path to manually navigate.

Path

Step 5. When you finish, remove the USB and backup storage. Reboot your laptop with the new SSD.

Tips: The time of restoring varies depending on how large your data is.

Seemingly complicated operation can be easily completed in a few simple steps. As a matter of fact, you can protect your laptop better with AOMEI Backupper. It is a great alternative to File Historyin Windows 10 and 8, and Backup and Restore utility in Windows 7. If you’re Server user, you can try AOMEI Backupper Server edition.