Easiest Solution to Upgrade IDE Hard Drive to SATA SSD in Windows

Posted by @Teresa

September 12, 2017

This passage illustrates how to upgrade IDE hard disk drive (HDD) laptop to SATA SSD using professional cloning software AOMEI Backupper step by step in Windows 7/8/10.

About IDE and SATA hard drive

The Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) interface was developed by Western Digital and COMPAQ Computer, which is also called Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) or Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA). IDE was largely applied to computers since 1986 and data transfers in IDE hard drive at the rate of up to 133MB/s. IDE is the first computer interface standard and lasting for decades.

laptop internal IDE HDD

However, with the development of technology, hard drive data transfer rate increases day by day. This traditional IDE hard drive can no longer satisfy people’s daily requirements. Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard drive was introduced to public in 2003 and dramatically replaced IDE hard drive. SATA hard drive has better error correcting capability since it works with embedded clock signal, which also improves the reliability of data transmission. Besides, SATA interface supports hot plugging yet IDE does not.

Why upgrade IDE hard drive to SSD?

Comparing to IDE hard drive, SATA disk has many advantages:

First of all, data transfers at the rate of 6GB/s on SATA disk, which greatly meet the need of increasing data transmission. Secondly, SATA hard drives are created with larger capacities. Either the IDE hard drive or SATA disk, the main purpose is to store all kinds of data. Without a doubt, large capacity hard drive gains more popularity among PC users. Other technological features are not listed here, but from the perspective of the convenience that those technologies brought to us, it is worth to upgrade IDE hard drive to SATA disk say SSD.

Some users would like to do clean install after swap old hard drive with a new one. Nevertheless, most PC users find it is simpler to just clone IDE HDD to SATA SSD, so that they don’t have to reinstall all software, programs and re-configure system settings. Well, how to upgrade IDE to SATA becomes the next puzzle you need to figure out.

Before upgrading IDE HDD to SSD

There are some objects you need to prepare before you start.

  • A PC running Windows 10/8/7. It is important that you know if your PC supports SATA interface or not. If not, you’ll need an IDE-to-SATA adapter to connect SSD to the PC.
  • IDE hard drive replacement – SATA SSD.
  • Reliable IDE hard drive duplicator – AOMEI Backupper Professional. This ensures the success boot after data migration from IDE hard drive to SATA SSD. AOMEI Backupper supports clone big IDE hard drive to smaller SATA SSD and vice versa, which saves the time of resizing partition.
  • If you want to upgrade IDE laptop to SSD, an USB-to-SATA cable adapter is necessary.

How to replace IDE hard drive with SSD via AOMEI Backupper?

1. Install the SATA SSD to your PC. Install AOMEI Backupper and start it. Click Disk Clone under the Clone tab.

DISK CLONE

2. Select the IDE hard drive as the source disk and then select the SSD as the target disk. Pay attention to this step, otherwise, you may lose all important data (target disk will be overwritten).

Source Disk

Destination Disk

3. In the lower left corner, tick Align partition to optimize for SSD box to improve its reading and writing speed. You can choose whether to do sector by sector clone or not in this part, too.

Operation Summary

4. Finally, click Start Clone to execute the operations.

5. After cloning, you can remove old IDE hard drive to test if the cloned SSD works. Remember to switch IDE mode to AHCI mode in BIOS before you boot from the SSD.

Tips: You can create bootable media to complete this task under Windows PE mode, which consumes less power and takes up less time.

It only takes 5 steps to upgrade IDE hard drive to SSD with the help of AOMEI Backupper. As a matter of fact, this all-around software is capable of many other things. Except for SATA disk, you can clone HDD to MSATA SSD as well. In the days of using SSD later, you can use this software to automatically backup files to external drive to add an extra layer of protection for your PC.