How to Clone C Drive to SSD in Windows 10

Posted by @Cody

June 8, 2017

Windows cloning software - AOMEI Backupper can clone C drive to new SSD in Windows 10 without reinstalling Windows and applications. It will be of great help when trying to make SSD as boot disk in Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

Why would someone clone C drive to SSD in Windows 10?

Having upgraded from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 and bought a brand new SSD, to get better performance, one usually want to make the SSD as a boot disk and old HDD data storage disk. However, to reinstall Windows and all of your applications will take a lot of time and efforts. If you want to get rid of the hassle of reinstalling Windows, you can use a simple cloning utility to clone c drive to SSD in windows 10. To do this job the easiest way, the third party software AOMEI Backupper Standard should be your best shot.

How to clone C drive with AOMEI Backupper?

As hard drive cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Professional can easily clone hard drive without interrupting your using computer by creating a snapshot before the clone starts. It provides System Clone, Disk Clone, and Partition Clone. Let’s see how it works:

1. Download this hard disk cloning software. Install and launch it.

2. Select System Clone under Clone tab. Then the program will automatically select C: drive and system reserved partition (MBR disk) or EFI partition (GPT disk). It is also supported to clone disk from MBR to GPT. The selected destination partition will be deleted when the cloning starts.

Clone System

3. Specify the target partition to clone C: drive to by clicking Step 2.

Select a New Drive

4. Check the option Align partition to optimize for SSD, this is important for the good performance of SSD. Then click Start Clone to start cloning Windows 10 to SSD. Click Finish to exit when complete.

Clone C Drive to SSD

Note: If you prefer to use AOMEI Backupper Standard (free version), you can use Partition Clone feature to only clone C: drive to SSD.  

Till then, you will have finished cloning C: drive to SSD, and you can change boot order in BIOS to boot your computer from the SSD to see if the clone went well. The procedure is pretty simple. Having seen the concise interface, one needs nothing to show him how to clone a disk with AOMEI Backupper.

Additional information

AOMEI Backupper is also regarded as a backup and restore software. Providing System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, and File/Folder backup, it almost contents all of the users’ needs concerning backup. Giving the feature of creating bootable rescue media

AOMEI Backupper allows you to recovery your computer when it is unbootable. So even if your computer (usually laptops) can only install one internal hard drive, there is still a way to clone C: drive to SSD in Windows 10. To do this, you can backup windows 10 to network drive or other external storage devices, and then restore it from bootable media created by AOMEI Backupper to the SSD.