Top Two Ways to Clone Dell Laptop Hard Drive

Posted by @Lily

October 19, 2018

If you are planning to clone Dell laptop hard drive, read this article thoroughly to get the top two ways.

When to clone Dell laptop hard drive?

Staying at the forefront of innovation and the computing experience, Dell laptops, desktops and tablets are favored by a number of users. In spite of the superb performance brought by the original hard drives, some users encounter following situations:

“Hi I just got a new laptop and I would like to upgrade it to a SSD 1TB but how do I transfer my data and OS to the new SSD when I get it.”

“Diagnostics is telling me that my hard drive is failing. I intend buying a new SATA drive but larger capacity. I am on Windows 10. What is the simplest way to copy/clone the whole drive, OS and all, onto the new drive and then slip the new drive back into the laptop as if nothing has changed!”

Dell Laptop

As you see, it is necessary to clone Dell laptop hard drive when you want to upgrade the current hard drive to a new drive with better performance and larger capacity. And you need Dell laptop hard drive replacement cloning in case that the current hard drive refuses to work some day. Then, how to clone Dell hard drive safely and efficiently?

Top two ways to clone Dell laptop hard drive

Here I’m going to show you top two ways to clone Dell laptop hard drive in Windows 10:

Method 1: Clone Dell laptop hard drive using specific cloning software

Although Dell doesn’t provide users with Dell hard drive cloning software, you can choose the cloning software supplied by SSD manufacturers, such as VisionTek USB 3.0 Universal SSD Installation Kit, Samsung Data Migration and so on. Let’s take Samsung Data Migration for example. Learn how to clone Dell laptop hard drive to a Samsung SSD below:

1. Connect the Samsung SSD to your computer and ensure it is recognized. Run Samsung Data Migration. In the “Start” page, click on Start in the bottom right hand corner.

Samsung Data Migration

2. You’ll see the Disk Analysis and Cloning menu then. Confirm the source and the target disk listed here and click on Start to begin the migration process.

3. Wait until the process is finished. Shut down your computer and replace the old hard drive with the new Samsung SSD. You will get the system and all your data back instantly.

Simple as it looks like, errors occur sometimes—users are confronted with Samsung Data Migration cloning failed, Samsung Data Migration access violation and the like. Additionally, these utilities only support SSDs of the corresponding manufacturer. Is there such cloning software that fits all? The answer is YES.

Method 2: Clone Dell laptop hard drive via an all-around freeware

AOMEI Backupper Standard, best backup software for free, can clone old hard drives to SSDs of all common brands. And it owns multiple functions including backup, sync, recovery and clone. Follow the guidance below to clone Dell laptop hard drive to an SSD efficiently:

Step 1. Connect the target SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the current hard drive as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination SSD you have connected to your computer and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Tick “Align partition to optimize for SSD”. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

Step 5. Shut down your computer and replace the current hard drive with the cloned SSD. You may use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to remove the original hard drive.


  • The destination disk will be completely overwritten. Backup the destination disk before you start clone if there are important data on it.

  • If you want to clone OS only to the destination SSD, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use System Clone feature. You can also edit the partition size on the destination SSD with AOMEI Backupper Professional.


To clone Dell laptop hard drive to an SSD, you can either use SSD manufacturers’ utilities or AOMEI Backupper. Compared with SSD manufacturers’ utilities, AOMEI Backupper supports different kinds of SSDs such as PNY SSDs, Crucial SSDs, WD SSDs, etc. What’s more, it enables you to transfer files from PC to SD card and do system restore from BIOS in Windows 7. Go for this tool at once!