How to Replace HDD with SSD without Reinstalling in Desktop?

Posted by @Teresa

September 8, 2016

This tutorial will introduce you how to replace hard disk drive (HDD) with Solid-state Drive (SSD) on desktop without reinstalling OS in Windows 7, 8, 10, and Windows XP.

Why replace HDD with SSD in desktop?

Solid-state Drives, as the trend disk in hard drive field, equipped with many advanced features compared to traditional hard disk drive (HDD). For example, SSDs bring better experience with portability and lower power consumption to its users. Besides, SSDs work with nearly none vibration and heat. It can reduce the risk of losing data caused by shake and strike. Moreover, SSDs can work at a temperature from 10 centigrade below zero to 70 centigrade with its mighty property. For advanced requirement, SSD could be used as RAID array easily while that will be hard for HDD.

In consideration of all mentioned components, it is pretty necessary to change from HDD to SSD either in desktop or laptop. If you happen to own a Samsung SSD, you can learn to clone HDD to Samsung SSD here. You may want to replace HDD with SSD by installing OS on SSD from the scratch. If you still have the installer disc in hand, it is fine. Nevertheless, if you want to keep all personal configurations on SSD, the most worry-free solution is to replace HDD with SSD without reinstalling everything. Well, do you find the way head to?

How to replace HDD with SSD in desktop?

To replace HDD, first you have to connect SSD with your desktop. Generally, you can connect SSD to computer via SATA to USB cable directly, or install SSD in the SATA port. Make sure it can be detected by Windows.

Then, you will need cloning software like AOMEI Backupper to move everything from HDD to SSD, so that you don’t have to reinstall OS and programs. This cloning tool provides two cloning methods, sector by sector and intelligent clone. Thus, even if the SSD is smaller than your current HDD, you can clone larger hard drive to smaller one as long as the SSD is no smaller than your used space. Again, AOMEI Backupper has option to align partition to optimize for SSD. The size of partitions on SSD can be resized by clicking Edit partitions on the destination disk option before you start cloning.

How to change desktop hard drive to SSD using AOMEI Backupper?

1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Clone, and select Disk Clone.

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2. Select your current HDD as the source disk.

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3. Select the SSD as your destination disk.

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4. You may receive this kind of note saying it can only clone up to 3 partitions from GPT disk to MBR. You can Merge Partitions to reduce the amount of partition.


5. Here you have option to choose cloning method. Be sure to tick Align partition to optimize for SSD box since the destination disk is an SSD. Then click Start Clone.

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If you click Edit partitions on the destination disk, you will get three sub-options: Copy without resizing partitions, Fit all partitions to entire disk, and Edit the partitions on this disk. To boot from SSD, you may need to change boot settings or to remove HDD first. You can refer to how to change computer hard drive.

In summary, it is easy to solve how to replace HDD with SSD in desktop through AOMEI Backupper. As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper is capable of a lot of things except for cloning feature. For example, you can use it to backup data from corrupted hard drive, perform scheduled system backup, and backup files to Clouds. Incremental backup and Differential backup are also available.