How to Clone Only OS Partition to SSD in Windows 7?

Posted by @AOMEI

June 12, 2015

Cloning only OS (operating system, normally C: drive) partition to SSD can enable your Windows 7 computer boot speed is faster. Learn how to clone only OS but not entire HDD to SSD with free AOMEI backup software.

Situation when cloning only OS partition to SSD in Windows 7

Many people has a similar question: "I recently bought a new SSD drive and want it to be my Windows 7 system drive where i just save all my Windows installation and some programs & games, so that my boot speed and app running speed are faster. The SSD is 120 GB and the system partition is 150GB, but only 50GB are used, so there is plenty of space. I don't know if it's safe to clone this partitions to SSD, or if it's possible to clone only OS partition but not whole HDD?"

Answer: as we all know, simple functions of copy and paste can not be used to transfer the operating system and some applications. Because the applications or programs may not work normally after transferring. Some users may choose Windows 7 built-in "Backup and Restore" to clone OS partition to SSD. It means that you need to first backup system and then restore it to new SSD. Between these two tasks, you need a place to temporarily save the system image file and this place should not be small in size, so this will be time-consuming and boring task. The best way is to clone Windows 7 OS partition to SSD with disk cloning software.

But how to clone Windows 7 OS easily and safely and how to avoid boot failure when clone boot partition or system partition? I want to say using free AOMEI Backupper software to realize the clone system partition is still the best choice for personal and bushiness users.

How to use AOMEI software to realize OS partition clone?

Since Windows 7 Disk Management have some limitations, users can employ Partition Clone in free AOMEI software to clone windows 7 OS partition to SSD. This software is the backup and recovery tool which help you clone operating system in windows 10/7/8/8.1/Vista/XP ,which means the user avoid reinstalling system when hard disk updating, at the same time the system data is protect from unexpected situation.

So AOMEI Backupper can easily make up the shortage of Windows 7 Disk Management, the follow article will introduce how to step-by-step clone OS partition to SSD.

Step 1: Start AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition, and click Clone option in the left part of the main interface,Then, select System Clone to copy system.

System clone

Step 2: Select the destination partition where you want to clone your OS partition on and the click the Next to continue.

Select Destination Disk

Note: After perform the operation, AOMEI Backupper will automatically pop up a window, prompting you which partition(s) will be deleted or overwritten and inquiring that Are you sure to continue the operation? Click Yes to go on. If there is important data on this partition, we suggest you please click No to cancel current operation and backup firstly.

Confirm Operation

Step 3: Now you can see the follow interface, if you confirm this operation, please click Start Clone to go on.

Operation Summary

Step 4: When the system clone progress reaches to 100%, click Finish to exit the interface. Now your system clone is competing.

System Clone Finish

So, in system clone, AOMEI Backupper software just may be the perfect way to protect and manage your precious system data. Whether you have one home computer or a business with multiple computers, AOMEI software is the best solution for personal and business use. Moreover the operation step is so simple and intuitional, so just download and have a try.