How to Clone HDD to SSD with Step by Step Guide in 2023

Note: This is a guest post written by Humberto Blevins – When computers start running slow, lacking disk space, and taking forever to boot, it’s time to upgrade the hard disk with a bigger HDD or faster SSD. Of course, if you have the budget, SSD is a better choice due to its excellent durability, speed, and reliability.  To migrate Windows OS, data, applications and everything you want from an old HDD to a new SSD, EaseUS Disk Copy is an essential disk cloning tool for you to make a smooth transfer.

To clone an HDD to an SSD, you can follow the 9 steps. 

Step 1. Backup your important data

Before you start cloning, it’s important to back up any important data on your HDD to an external drive or cloud storage.

Step 2. Choose a cloning software

 There are many free and paid cloning software available. Some popular options are Clonezilla, Macrium Reflect, and EaseUS Disk Copy. This guide is based on using EaseUS Disk Copy, so you just click the download button to go through the rest cloning process.

Step 3. Connect your SSD (SATA SSD and M.2 SSD)

Connect your new SSD to your computer using a USB adapter or an external enclosure. Make sure it’s recognized by your computer.

Figure 1. Connect SATA SSD

Step 4. Open the cloning software

Launch the cloning software and select the option to clone your HDD to the SSD.

Step 5. Choose the source and destination drives

Select your HDD as the source drive and your SSD as the destination drive.

Step 6. Start the cloning process

Begin the cloning process and wait for it to complete. This process may take some time depending on the size of your HDD.

Step 7. Verify the cloned data

Once the cloning is complete, verify that all your data has been successfully transferred to the SSD.

Step 8. Swap the drives

Shut down your computer and swap out the old HDD for the new SSD. Make sure to disconnect the HDD and only connect the SSD.

Step 9. Boot up your computer

Power up your computer and make sure it boots up properly. If it does, congratulations! You’ve successfully cloned your HDD to an SSD.

Note: If your SSD is smaller than your HDD, you may need to delete some files from your HDD before cloning it to your SSD. Additionally, some cloning software may require you to adjust the partition sizes manually. 

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully clone your HDD to your SSD with Disk Copy. However, it’s always a good idea to back up hard drive data before attempting any major changes to your system.

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