How to Complete an Internal Hard Drive Replacement

Posted by @AOMEI

July 22, 2016

Knowing how to complete an internal hard drive replacement can give you great convenience in hard drive protection. AOMEI Backupper can be the most suitable tool for you.

The reason of internal hard drive replacement

You will need to replace your internal hard drive in your PC in two situations. Your internal hard drive may encounter hardware failure. Or you just want to upgrade your internal hard drive for increasing speed or capacity. In these two scenarios, you need to complete an internal hard drive replacement.

Howto replace your internal hard drive?

To complete an internal hard drive replacement, the following are the things you need to do: keeping the data on your internal hard drive, uninstalling the internal hard drive and installing the new hard drive.

To keep your data on the internal hard drive, you have two choices. you can create a backup image of your hard drive or clone the internal hard drive to the new hard drive. The difference between backup and clone is that you do not need restore the data when cloning your internal hard drive. So it is better to choose cloning your hard drive to a new hard drive.

To clone your internal hard drive, you have to choose a destination hard drive which used to store the data and replace your hard drive. With the development of technology, the price of SSD is decreasing. Besides, SSD uses flash memory to store data, which provides superior performance and reliability. So SSD is the best choice of destination drive.

More importantly, we should consider which tool is the best for cloning hard drive to SSD. AOMEI Backupper is a clone software which offers powerful clone services. It gives users wonderful experience for its easy to use feature. Besides, you do not need to pay for using it to clone your hard drive.

The quick guide to internal hard drive replacement

You need to plug your SSD into your computer using an available SATA cable before cloning your internal hard drive. Now let me show you how to clone your hard drive to SSD.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Click Disk Clone under the Clone option.

Disk Clone

Step2. Select your internal hard drive(Disk0) as the source disk you wish to clone. Click Next to continue the process.

Source Disk

Step3. Select the SSD(Disk1) as the destination disk you clone your source disk to. Click Next.

Destination Disk

Step4. You will see an Operation Summary which indicates the operation that will be executed. Just confirm all settings are right, then click Start Clone to begin the clone.

Start Clone

Step5. After cloning your internal hard drive to SSD, click Finish to close the interface. Use a screwdriver to pull out your internal hard drive. And then install the SSD to the computer.


• AOMEI Backupper support Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP.

• Confirm the SSD you choose to do the hard drive replacement has enough space for storing data and computer’s normally operation.