How to Ghost Laptop from Hard Drive to SSD in Windows?

Posted by @Teresa

September 26, 2017

This tutorial introduces how to clone laptop hard drive to SSD like Kingston SSD using Norton Ghost as well as professional cloning software AOMEI Backupper in Windows.

About Norton Ghost

Norton Ghost is a disk cloning and backup tool that firstly developed in 1990s. It became very popular in several years, especially among home and small office computers users. As a disaster recovery solution, Norton Ghost saved a lot of valuable data with its efficient and feasible way for thousands of users.

When you start, you’ll be given several options and you select one of them based on your task. These options are Partition to Partition, Disk to Disk, Partition to Image, Disk to Image, Image to Partition, and Image to Disk. It’s not hard to see that the first two options belongs to cloning, the middle two are backup or image, and the last two are image restore.

Unfortunately, Norton Ghost was discontinued by its then owner Symantec in 2013 due to it didn’t keep pace with the times. However, people still take cloning hard drive or image hard drive as ghost hard drive owing to its powerful influence at that time. Thus, it’s not unusual that you search Ghost on the Internet and get many other totally different backup or cloning tools.

Reliable software to ghost hard drive to SSD

According to what discussed before, you have to turn to other third-party software if thinking of using Norton Ghost to clone hard drive to SSD. AOMEI Backupper Professional is a great alternative to Norton Ghost that allows you to clone hard drive to SSD or backup PC to other places. For example, as for the cloning part, this software provides System Clone, Disk Clone and Partition Clone; Disk Backup, System Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup, and File Sync in backup aspect. All images can be restored in graphical interface.

In addition, both clone and backup support operate on only used part of the hard drive. That is to say, you don’t have to clone hard drive bit by bit when clone it to smaller disk. For advanced users, it offers command line clone. Also, there are schedule schemas in backup and you have options say Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Event-trigger to choose. Image hard drive to NAS or network is also available. You may want to download its free trial or purchase it to have a try.

How to ghost hard drive to SSD in laptop?

1. Connect SSD to your laptop via SATA-to-USB cable. Download, install and start AOMEI Backupper. Go Clone > Disk Clone.

2. Select the hard drive you want to ghost as the source disk.

Source Disk

3. Select SSD as the target disk.

Destination Disk

4. Check Align partition to optimize for SSD box and make some other changes if you want to. Then click Start Clone. Swap HDD with SSD after cloning.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • *To improve the success of SSD boot, it is suggested to upgrade HDD to SSD via Backup & Restore method on laptop. For more information, please refer to Acer laptop SSD upgrade.

  • *If you want to ghost from hard drive to SSD with Disk to Image in Norton Ghost, complete it with Backup option in AOMEI Backupper.

It does not cost much effort to ghost hard drive to SSD, doesn’t it? AOMEI Backupper also has Create bootable media feature in Utilities. You can make one bootable USB in advance just in case system refuses to boot one day. As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper is also a good alternative to Norton GoBack in Windows.