Clone Large HDD to Smaller SSD in Windows 10/8/7 (Free)

Looking for a possible way to clone large HDD to smaller SSD without reinstalling? Here you’ve got free software to clone bigger HDD to smaller SSD in Windows 10/8/7 easily.

November 6, 2015

Why clone large HDD to smaller SSD?

"My current hard drive has accompanied me for five years and now it is time to replace it with a new one. The solid state drive (SSD) is recommended by many computer users and I bought one already, yet my current HDD is 500 GB in size and the SSD is 60 GB in size. Is there any possible way to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD? I guess the stored data could fit, so just the problem of the partition layout. Thanks."

Providing amazing performance, solid state drives (SSD) are considered the best upgrade for the hard disk drives. Windows, applications and games become faster on an SSD, so a lot of users are planning to replace the current hard disk drive (HHD) with a smaller SSD. 

What to do if you do not want to do a fresh install Windows and all the applications? You may think of backing up disk and restore the image backup to the SSD with Backup and Restore tool, but it requires another storage device to save the backup and it is tricky to restore a backup from large HDD to a smaller SSD. 

If you want to achieve it using the simplest way without reinstalling system and programs, you can use the third party software to clone HDD to a smaller SSD.

Free disk cloning software to clone disk with different sizes

There are many software available in the internet that can clone hard drive to another with the same or large size, but is it possible to clone from a large HDD to a smaller SSD? AOMEI Backupper Standard is software developed to transfer data from HDD to SSD or another HDD. Though the SSD is much smaller than your HDD, the clone will be performed successfully as long as your SSD have enough space to hold the data on the HDD. 

If your SSD is not big enough for the data on your HDD, you can use its Professional edition, the advanced version of the Standard edition, to clone only OS to SSD by using System Clone. The size of the partitions on the destination SSD can be manually or automatically adjusted to fit the small SSD. It fully supports UEFI, so it allows you to clone MBR to GPT disk or back without disk conversion. 

What’s more, the cloning process will be running in the background and it won’t interrupt you using the PC. Let's see how to complete the task together. 

How to clone a bigger hard drive to a smaller SSD?

Providing the intuitive interface, AOMEI Backupper allows you to clone hard drive to small SSD with a few simple steps. To start clone large HDD to small SSD:

1. Download and install this software on your computer, and open it.

2. Click on “Disk Clone” under Clone tab.

3. Select the source disk by clicking on the large HDD, and click on "Next". Then click on the small SSD to mark it as the destination disk, and click “Next” to continue.

4. Check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD”, which is essential to achieve the best performance of the SSD. Then click “Start Clone” to begin to clone hard drive to SSD.

5. (Optional) to boot from the cloned SSD, you’d have to either change boot order in BIOS or replace HDD with SSD manually.

Tips: To resize partition during cloning, please upgrade to superior versions. 

Beside the feature to clone large HDD to smaller SSD, AOMEI Backupper has also been taken as an excellent backup and restore software. It provides the most common used solutions to protect your data, system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup, and file sync. Scheduled backup is also supported. In fact, you can clone hard drive in Windows 10 to new disk with the same steps.