Why clone data from HDD to SanDisk SSD?
SSD, the abbreviation of solid state drive, stores data with a little chip. It has a faster read and write speed than the traditional HDD. Users know that the traditional hard disk drive working with a platform covered with metal. When it working, the platform will spin with noise. While SSD working with chip, so you won’t hear the noise. And now, SSDs are more and more popular users because of its outstanding properties.
SanDisk SSD is a famous brand. A lot of users want to use SanDisk to instead of their old HDD. However, change a storage device means that they need a new operating system and applications. That will take a lot of time, and what’s the most important is that what if you want to keep the old operating system and applications even the whole data? Fortunately, you can make an exact clone from HDD to SanDisk SSD, so that you can working with your old data but in a faster speed.
How to clone HDD to SanDisk SSD?
To clone from HDD to SanDisk SSD, here we introduce you two methods. Choose the one that suits you most.
Method 1: using Apricorn EZ Gig IV cloning software
The EZ Gig IV cloning software always used in SanDisk SSD cloning. Before cloning, there are somethings you need prepare to.
- Included SATA to USB cable.
- SanDisk SSD.
- A hard drive with old data on the computer.
Step 1. Connect the SanDisk SSD to your computer first. Make sure it can be detected by the cloning software (the new SanDisk SSD will not be displayed in Windows Explore, however, the cloning software will recognize it). Launch the EZ Gig IV, you can finish it in three simple ways. Select the source disk first.
Step 2. Then, select the destination disk.
Here you can use the Data Select tool to deselect files from cloning so that you can clone from large HDD to smaller SSD.
Step 3. Then, you can press the Start Clone button to launch the progress.
Method 2. Using AOMEI Backupper Freeware
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free software for cloning. Different with EZ Gig IV, you can select the specific partition you want to clone at the start. It offers you three types of cloning. Disk Clone, System Clone (available in Professional edition), Partition Clone. You can select one according to your requests.
Step 1. Download its free edition AOMEI Backupper Standard. Install and launch it. To clone the entire hard drive to SanDisk SSD, select Disk Clone.
Step 2. Then, you can follow the guidance to select the source disk.
Step 3. Select the SanDisk SSD as the destination disk.
Step 4. After selecting the source disk and destination disk, you need confirm the operations. Here we highly recommend you tick the box before “Align partition to optimize for SSD”, which will improve the SanDisk SSD’s performance automatically after cloning.
- You can also edit partitions on the destination disk so that you can use it with the best statement. Otherwise, you can resize partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant latter.
You can clone every bytes from HDD to SSD, just tick the box before “Sector by sector lone”. But you need prepare a SanDisk SSD at least equal to the source disk.
After cloning system disk to SanDisk SSD, you need to replace old disk with the SSD or change boot order in BIOS to let computer boot from SanDisk SSD successfully.
Those two SanDisk SSD clone software has its own advantages. Personally speaking, the AOMEI Backupper is more powerful as for its multiple utilities like system backup, file sync, and many more.