Clone PCIe SSD in Windows 10/8/7 for Free

Posted by @Cody

August 3, 2016

Learn to use freeware to clone between PCIe SSD and other types of SSDs. This article will guide you step by step.

About PCIe SSD

As we all know, solid state drives (SSDs) have many advantages over mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), for example, SSDs take less room in your computer, require lower power, and provide much faster speed. As a new type of SSDs, PCIe SSDs, which were first introduced in 2009, have made the advantages even more dramatic. If you want to switch PCIe SSD with other types of SSD or HDD, you can clone PCIe SSD with free cloning software.

Free software for PCIe SSD clone

As a free SSD cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to clone between HDDs and SSDs regardless of its types. The clone will include the entire hard drive along with operating system (OS) if the drive to be cloned contains Windows 10/8.1/8/7. It is completely available to clone hard drive with different sizes, and even clone a large HDD to a smaller SSD. When you want to clone a PCIe SSD to a larger SSD, you can adjust the partition size on the cloned drive, so it will not leave unallocated space after the clone. What’s more, AOMEI Backupper even allows you to clone MBR disk to GPT disk without converting the partition style first.

How to clone a PCIe SSD

Using this freeware AOMEI Backupper to clone an SSD or a HHD is very easy. Before you do, be aware of that anything on the destination disk will be erased before the clone starts.The steps will be shown as below:

1. Download this freeware and run it. Connect a HDD or SSD to receive the clone to your computer.

2. Select “Disk Clone” under the “Clone” tab.

Clone

3. Click the disks to specify the source disk and the destination disk.

Source Disk

4. If the destination disk is an SSD, check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD” which helps optimize SSD. After that, click “Start Clone” to start the cloning process.

Start Clone

To clone PCIe SSD to another drive with AOMEI Backupper will not take long, and in a short while, you can set the cloned drive as the boot device and boot from it. Besides cloning hard drive, you can also use this freeware to backup and restore to a new hard drive in order to replace hard drive.