How to Clone Laptop Hard drive to SSD with Secure Boot in Windows 7?

Posted by @Teresa

September 12, 2017

This tutorial details why you need to clone laptop hard drive and how to clone it to smaller SSD with secure boot using AOMEI Backupper step by step in Windows 7/8/10.

Why clone laptop hard drive to SSD?

In recent years, some big brands laptops are equipped with Solid-state drive (SSD) when shipped from their manufacturers. These laptops generally at a high price since SSDs contain more advanced technologies. However, most laptops, which is the typically the case, are come with hard disk drive (HDD).

There are several reasons that one want to clone laptop disk to SSD. As is known to all, SSD has advantages of faster running speed, lower power consumption, and noiseless working environment and so on. For those users who don’t have SSD installed, cloning is a good method to upgrade the old and slow hard drive. For users who already have SSD installed in their laptop, they may simply want to clone SSD to new SSD and get bigger capacity.

What’s more, cloning laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows 7 or in other operating systems is a great disaster recovery solution as well. Given that your laptop is corrupted or the hard drive is damaged out of some reasons. You can keep all data safe since you have another hard drive copy somewhere else. And you can make the laptop back to work in the shortest time. All in all, no matter what prompts you to clone your hard drive in laptop, it’s better to figure out how to solve the issue.

How to clone laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows?

To clone a hard drive with Windows OS installed, you have to turn to third-party software because there is no clone function in Windows tools. There are many cloning software on the market and choose the right one is of great importance. AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable cloning utility that can assist you complete the task. Another necessary tool is a USB-to-SATA cable.

In terms of cloning, you have Disk Clone, System Clone and Partition/Volume Clone features in AOMEI Backupper to choose. You can select any function according to your situation. But laptops have only one internal disk bay, so it is suggested to choose Disk Clone if you want to replace one disk with the other. In addition, AOMEI Backupper allows you to clone laptop hard drive to smaller SSD. Specifically, you can choose to clone with sector by sector mode or just clone used part of the hard drive during the process. The first method will clone every section of the hard drive including deleted and formatted part. Therefore, if your SSD is of big capacity and you want to recover these deleted files, try this one. Download the free trial or purchase it to have a try.

Clone laptop hard drive to SSD in Windows 7

Step 1: Connect the SSD to your laptop via the USB-to-SATA cable. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Go Clone > Disk Clone.

Step 2: Select source disk (laptop hard drive).

Source Disk

Step 3: Select destination disk (SSD).

Destination Disk

Step 4: Set personal configurations. Check Align partition to optimize for SSD box since the target disk is SSD. Click Start Clone to start.

Operation Summary

Step 5: Shut down the laptop after cloning. Swap the hard drive with SSD and boot the laptop.

Tips:

  • Target SSD will be overwritten, so please backup important files if any.
  • You can edit partitions on SSD before starting clone. Sector by sector clone will make this option invalid.
  • Please make sure that the battery has plenty of power, or the clone process may be suspended.

Cloning hard drive to SSD in laptop with secure boot

Aforementioned method is one of the solutions. It may fail due to cable connection, inappropriate operations etc. Thus, an alternative solution is necessary to mention.

AOMEI Backupper is also a backup and restore solution, and you can use it to make a bootable media with the software installed. The bootable media is helpful when the system refuses to boot. In a nutshell, you backup laptop hard drive to other places, NAS, network, USB drive etc. as long as not to the target SSD. Then create a bootable media (USB or CD/DVD) with this tool. Finally, swap the hard drive, boot the laptop and restore the backup image. Please refer to Samsung laptop SSD upgrade kit for detailed steps and screenshots.

Conclusion

It is not so difficult to clone laptop hard drive to SSD in fact. Above methods also can used to do Acer laptop SSD upgrade as well. Some SSDs have build-in data migration tool which is also not a bad way to do the migration.