Hard drive becomes very slow
If your computer becomes really slow when you need to preform some intense disk I/O task, then you should consider upgrading your hard drive. To upgrade a hard drive, you can either do a fresh install with Windows installation disc or clone hard drive to the new one. Apparently, hard drive clone is much simpler because you do not have to reinstall Windows or all the programs you installed. If your computer is really old, it may still use IDE hard drive. Since SATA has many advantages over IDE, you can clone IDE hard drive to SATA disk. If you want greater speed, you can also replace your old IDE drive with a solid state drive (SSD). The regular SSDs like a laptop hard disk drive (HDD that we often see are the ones with SATA port. Therefore, you can also simply copy IDE hard drive to SATA SSD.
What you need before cloning?
Obviously, you need a computer with that is running Windows 10/8/7 and an SATA HDD or SSD. You may also wonder if you’re the cloned hard drive will boot fine after you clone IDE to SATA for a boot disk. If you do it with a reliable hard drive duplicator such as AOMEI Backupper, then you would not need such concerns. All you need to concerned is whether your computer board has support for SATA. If it does, you just need an SATA cable and power cable to connect your new hard drive with your computer. If your computer does not have SATA support, then you should buy an IDE-to-SATA adapter to connect your SATA drive.
How to clone IDE hard drive?
While you connect the SATA drive, keep the original IED hard drive plugged in because the hard drive clone needs both drives connected to your computer. the software mentioned AOMEI Backupper Standard is completely free to use, and you can find it very user-friendly. You do not need to shrink the original hard drive for it to fit on your new SATA drive even if it is smaller because the program will do it automatically. What’s more, it is also supported to clone MBR to GPT or verse vice, so you can use the full capacity of your new hard drive even if it is larger than 2TB. Let’s see how it works:
1. Download and install this freeware on your computer, and then open it.
2. With its start screen, click the “Clone” button and the select “Disk Clone” to transfer the entire hard drive to SATA drive. If you want to Migrate OS from IDE hard drive to the SATA drive, choose “System Clone” instead.
3. Click on the IDE disk to select it as the source disk and then click "Next" to continue. In the next screen, click on the SATA disk as destination disk, and then click “Next”.
4. At the left bottom of the next screen Operation Summary, there are three options, “Edit Partitions on the destination disk”, “Sector by sector clone”, and “Align partition to optimize for SSD”. Click to configure based on your needs and then click “Start Clone” to start the hard disk clone.
While the clone is in process, you can still use the computer to do other things within Windows. if you prefer to run the cloning process without loading Windows, you can create a bootable media to load the software to clone IDE hard drive to SATA disk. If you need to transfer Windows system to another computer, you can use the dissimilar hardware restore feature, which is also free.