With the popularization of SSDs, more and more people replace HDDs with SSDs. And they upgrade small SSDs to larger SSDs sometimes. Here is one user’s experience:
“I want to clone my SSD (PNY) to a bigger Samsung SSD 850. So I installed their magician software but it doesn’t support my SSD. Now I see that I have a recovery partition on my SSD (447 MB). How it came there I don’t remember.
Can I get rid of this partition without causing problems? Another good program for cloning?”
Why do we clone SSD to larger SSD?
Cloning SSD to larger SSD can not only help us get more space to store data but also speed up our work on the computer. Compared with transferring files from a small SSD to a larger SSD by copying and pasting, cloning saves much effort and time for us. Besides, the operating system and all the applications on the small SSD will be cloned, so there’s no need for us to reinstall them on the larger SSD.
Since cloning SSD to larger SSD is advantageous, you must be wondering how to clone SSD to larger SSD for free!
A handy freeware for SSD cloning in Windows 10
AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software, can help you upgrade SSD to larger SSD in Windows 10 easily. It supports all Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. It provides the function of aligning partition to optimize the performance of the cloned SSD. You won’t be worried about SSD brands when cloning SSDs of different kinds. Besides, it supports cloning HDD to smaller SSD successfully and without data loss.
What’s more, the cloning process will run in the background, so you can use the computer for other things during the process. Learn detailed steps of cloning SSD to larger SSD in Windows 10 via AOMEI Backupper in the next part.
How to clone SSD to larger SSD in Windows 10 in the easiest way?
Bear in mind that the destination SSD will be overwritten in the cloning process, so do disk backup for your SSD before clone if there are important data on it. Now follow the instructions below:
Step 1. Connect the target SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper.
Step 2. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.
Step 3. Select the original SSD as the source disk and click “Next”.
Step 4. Select the destination SSD you have connected to your computer and click “Next”.
Step 5. In the Operation Summary page, click “Edit partitions on the destination disk” and then choose “Add unused space to all partitions” option to make full use of the storage space on the larger SSD.
Step 6. Tick “Align partition to optimize for SSD”. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.
Step 7. Wait until the cloning process is finished. Shut down your computer and replace the original SSD with the larger SSD.
If you tick “Sector by sector clone” in Step 6, AOMEI Backupper will clone every sector on the destination SSD no matter it is used or not, thus making “Edit partitions on the destination disk” unavailable.
If you want to clone OS only to the destination SSD, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use System Clone feature. You can also manually adjust the partition size on the destination SSD with AOMEI Backupper Professional.
AOMEI Backupper offers you the easiest way to clone SSD to larger SSD in Windows 10. You can also use it to clone SSD to larger SSD in Windows 7. In addition to SSD cloning, AOMEI Backupper enables you to do real-time sync for folders in Windows 10 and works as an alternative when Seagate DiscWizard does not detect drive.