The Best Way to Clone Windows 10 to Smaller SSD

Posted by @Eileen

October 19, 2018

System clone can help you to save time and energy. This article will introduce the best cloning software to you to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD easily and securely.

Why should you clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD?

Many people may meet with this difficulty: after using your computer, which contains a hard disk drive for a long time, you find it work slowly. You need to spend much time on opening a software, operating your Windows 10 or even opening a file. So, how to get a better performance for your PC?

 For professional users, reinstallation is an option. However, for some users who are not good at computers, they believe reinstallation is a difficulty for them. Thus, transfer Windows 10 to smaller ssd may be a good choice. Why should you transfer Windows 10 to smaller SSD? There are 3 reasons as follow:

  • As everyone knows, the solid state disk has many merits, which HDD doesn’t have. Such as faster speed, lighter volume, lower consumption and so on. Thus, clone Windows 10 to a smaller SSD can make your computers with a good performance.

  • SSD is more expensive than HDD in market. Thus, a smaller SSD is more affordable than a larger one.

  • You also can use the old HDD as a backup. Because cloning to a smaller SSD will not wipe out the original HDD. Or you can use the old disk as a secondary storage.

How to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD?

A good system cloning software is the first step for the clone process. By comparison with other software, AOMEI Backupper Professional can solve this problem efficiently with its simple interface and easy operating steps. You can get the Windows backup & restore software from the official website. This software is totally safe. When you install it, your computers will not bundled with other programs. This best software also can support Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP(all editions, 32/64-bit).

 Steps of Windows 10 hard drive clone by AOMEI Backupper Professional

 Step 1. Download and install this software then open it. You can click the “Clone” from the left column. After do that, choose the “System Clone”.

System Clone

Step 2. Select your smaller SSD as a new location for Windows 10 and click the Next (take the Disk 2 for example).

Disk 2

Step 3. Your must confirm the destination disk whether it is right or not. You also can optimize the SSD by choosing the “Align partition to optimize for SSD”. Then you can click Start Clone to move Windows 10 to smaller SSD.

Start Clone

Step 4. After cloning you can set your smaller SSD as the first boot device in BIOS. 


  • You must ensure that the space of the smaller SSD is larger than the used space of the system drive. If the space of the SSD is smaller than the need space, you must change to another one. You can't use the source disk as a destination disk.

  • Sector by sector clone will clone all sectors. Users must ensure the destination disk is equal to or larger than the source disk. Thus, it takes a longer time for cloning. It will be noted that the data of the destination disk will be overwritten. So, if you have some important data on it, you can backup them in advance.

  • You must enter into BIOS and set smaller SSD as the first boot disk. The original drive will not be wiped out. You can use the original drive as a backup in case of a system crash or as a secondary storage.


You can clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD with such easy and simple steps. AOMEI Backupper Professional, the best system cloning tool to solve the problems of system clone. You don’t need to wait for a long time for system response. You can restore your system without a reinstallation. AOMEI Backupper Professional also provides other practical functions: clone Windows 7 to new hard drive, clone SSD to larger SSD, migrate C drive to SSD in Windows 10, create bootable media to rescue your computer from disaster, system restore command prompt windows 10, etc.