How to Clone SSD to HDD in Windows 10 with Freeware?

Posted by @Teresa

July 19, 2016

This tutorial will introduce you how to clone an SSD drive to a hard drive (HDD) using reliable disk cloning software and make the OS bootable in Windows 10 step by step.

Why clone SSD to HDD in Windows 10?

In most instances, users would like to clone HDD to SSD to gain better performance, like clone HDD to Kingston SSD. Why would people clone SSD drive to hard drive in return? Actually, this is quite helpful in following situation. If you stored a lot of stuff including the operating system as well as all applications on a small SSD, to get enough space, you have to either clone SSD to new SSD or clone it to larger HDD. As everyone acknowledged, HDD is cheaper than SSD when it comes to the same capacity.

What’s more, HDD has no limitation of reading and writing times, which makes it lasting longer than SSD. The most important thing is it is easier to recover data from HDD than from SSD. If you are not familiar with the new operating system Windows 10 and afraid that you might lose crucial files by mistake, cloning to HDD could be one wise choice. Of course, you can backup crucial files to external hard drive for extra layer protection as well.

What Windows 10 cloning software should you use?

No matter in Windows 10 or in Windows 7/8, it is hard for you to perform cloning using its snap-in utilities. Therefore, you might as well turn to those reliable cloning software to clone SSD to HDD. AOMEI Backupper Standard is such a secure and reliable and free cloning software that allows you to clone SSD to HDD partition/disk without reinstalling in Windows 10 (both 32 bit and 64 bit). This software offers you two significant cloning features, Intelligent Clone and Sector by Sector Clone. You can choose either one of them according to your needs. It’s OK if the SSD had been damaged a little before because AOMEI Backupper supports clone hard drive with bad sectors. You can clone only one partition on SSD to HDD as well whether it contains OS or not since the software has partition/volume cloning and system cloning options. Now download it and have a try.

How to clone SSD to HDD using AOMEI Backupper?

Note: Everything on the destination disk will be overwritten after cloning. Backup important data if there is any.

Step1. Connect the HDD with your PC. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone and then click Disk Clone.

Disk Clone.gif

Step2. Here is the place to choose the source disk, choose your SSD drive.

Source Disk.gif

Step3. Select the destination hard drive.

Destination Disk.gif

Step4. The default setting is cloning only used part of SSD. If you want Sector by Sector Clone, just click the box. Then click Start Clone.

Start Clone.gif


  • You might find unallocated space on your hard drive after this cloning process. Don’t worry, you can fully make use of those unallocated space by referring to unallocated space after cloning.
  • If you cloned Windows 10 OS to HDD, remember to change boot settings in BIOS to ensure HDD bootable.
  • You are allowed to edit the partitions on the HDD by clicking Edit partitions on the destination disk. It will disappear if you check Sector by sector clone box.
  • You don’t have to check Align partition to optimize for SSD since the target disk is HDD.

Within four steps, you are able to clone SSD drive to HDD in Windows 10 using the effective cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard. Above steps could also be applied in Windows 7/8/8.1 to clone a SSD to a HDD. This cloning software has many other Backup & Restore features, too, such as system backup, disk backup, system restore, and universal restore.