Clone SSD in Windows 7 with Free Cloning Software

Posted by @Cody

March 31, 2017

Learn the detailed steps to clone SSD to a larger one with freeware. This method can also be used to clone Windows 7 hard drive to smaller SSD.

SSD not enough space

As you install more applications and games on your Windows 7 solid state drive (SSD), you may find it running out of space. If that is the case, you can easily clone SSD Windows 7 to a larger SSD drive without reinstalling system or programs.

This article will cover detailed concepts and steps to upgrade your boot drive to a larger SSD. You do not need much experience or many extra devices to make this work. If you are using Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10, this method is also doable.

What do you need to prepare?

You need prepare a larger SSD to receive the clone, and also the cables to connect the second SSD. If it is a laptop with a secondary drive bay, then you can just install your new SSD there without needing extra connection devices. You can also connect the second drive as an external drive with a SATA-to-USB adapter.

You need SSD cloning freeware. If you are not familiar with hard drive cloning, you probably want something easy to use and understand. Therefore, AOMEI Backupper Standard is receommended here. It is a free tool that allows you to clone SSD to lager SSD without leaving unallocated space.

What will be cloned?

Disk clone will clone all the stuff on the current boot drive. If your boot disk was initialized as master boot record (MBR), it should include system reserved partition and system drive. if you have partitioned your SSD before installing Windows 7, it would not generate a system reserved partition.

If your SSD is formatted with GUID partition table (GPT), which requires UEFI hardware support as a boot drive, it will include EFI system partition, MSR partition, Windows recovery partition and system partition.

If your computer is HP, Dell, or Lenovo, there is probably a factory recovery partition, which allows you to restore your computer to factory default settings when needed. It may be labeled as OEM partition. Disk clone will also include this recovery partition, so you can also reset your computer to factory default on the cloned SSD.

How to clone SSD to SSD in Windows 7

New SSDs are generally not unallocated without a partition style. With this free disk clone software, you do not need to initialize it before the clone. If your new SSD do has a partition style, AOMEI Backupper also allows you to clone from MBR disk to GPT without converting the disk. after the clone, you need to enable UEFI boot mode, and then you can boot your computer from the cloned GPT SSD. You can just follow the steps below to clone SSD drive.

1. Connect the new SSD to your computer internally or externally.

2. Download and run AOMEI Backupper free edition.

Cloning Software

3. Click “Clone” on the left panel, and then select “Disk Clone”. If you have partitioned your old SSD and you only want to clone OS to SSD Windows 7, you can select “System Clone”, which is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional edition.

Disk Clone

4. Select the second SSD drive as the destination disk and click “Next” to continue.

Select Disk

5. Check the option “Align partition to ptimize for SSD”. If you do not want to leave unallocated space after the clone, click “Edit partitions on the destination disk” to adjust the partition size.

Start Clone

6. Click “Start Clone” to start the clone.

The process will be complete within Windows. During that time, which is not long, you can also use the computer to do other things. AOMEI Backupper also provides backup and restore feature, so you can also use backup and restore to clone SSD in Windows 7.