In 2018 SSDs are becoming cheaper and greater in capacity. There are less hurdles in migrating from HDD to SSD. You just have to use hdd to ssd cloning software and your 500GB hard drive will be copied to your SSD, if it’s of the same capacity. But it is a better choice to just copy the OS and important apps and leave the bulk on the HDD, as SSD prices are costly.
What is a Cloning Software ?
These are set of tools designed to make a complete copy of the HDD into a typical ISO file. Orthodox disk imaging software just copy the individual files. In this, every bit is copied into an image file and then restored in case of an HDD failure.
But disk cloning software has several other advantages than this. For example, you can convert your OS and applications into a image file and deploy them on another computer. No need of reinstalling the OS again. This is not only useful to SSDs, but can be used for another HDD, in case a bigger capacity drive is bought. The same procedure can be done on a large enterprise network to multiple computers also.
Let’s see a list of 5 best ssd cloning software for windows.
- AOMEI Backupper Standard
- EaseUS SSD cloning Software
- Samsung Data Migration Software
- Mini Tool Partition Wizard
- Paragon Backup and Recovery
The best use of cloning software in SSDs is their simplicity, flexibility, efficiency and security. When you are installing your Windows 10 from start, you have to install all your applications again. This trouble can be minimized with the above software.
1. AOMEI Backupper Standard
This tool can be used for Windows 10 or 8.1 or 7. Its main purpose is to clone data from HDD to SSD. It provides 3 ways to do this. 1. System Clone (migrate only OS to SSD). 2. Parition Clone (clone specific partition like c:,d: etc) 3. Disk clone (clone entire HDD to SSD, provided the capacity is the same).
If you try to clone bigger HDD to smaller SSD, it can be done if the remaining files can be accomodated on the HDD. If sufficient space is not there on your SSD, after cloning, you may have to move some of your image, video, game files to HDD or other storage device. System clone is the best option as it transfers only OS and important applications. This needs only around 60 to 80GB, for which 120GB SSD is enough.
Even if the HDD and SSD have different partition styles like MBR and GPT, AOMEI Backupper can clone disk without the necessity of converting one to another. Another advantage is that if you clone OS, it is still bootable.
The process is very simple. You just have to use the Clone tab on the left of AOMEI Backupper. Select one of the options mentioned above. Select the HDD as the source drive and SSD as the destination drive. The destination drive will be deleted before cloning the hard drive. Check the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD” and click Start Clone button. It will take like 20 to 40 minutes based on size and you can do remaining work on your computer.
If you want System Clone alone, you can try AOMEI Backupper Professional.
2. EaseUS To Do Backup
The same fear of migrating Windows OS, data and applications from a bigger HDD to SSD exists even with this tool. But it can be safely done use the available options.
SSD disk cloning provides you a way to clone entire machine. This includes system files, applications, preferences, photos, movies etc. and all partitions. The process is simple.
Launch the tool and click Clone. Select the source disk which is your HDD and click “Next” to continue. Choose the destination disk which is your SSD. Now tick the option that says “sector by sector clone”. You can also preview the disk layout before the cloning process starts. You have also another option that says “Optimize for SSD” which will decrease space size and also the timing to clone the HDD. There are also “Advanced Options” which you can research further.
3. Samsung Data Migration Software
This is a proprietary software which covers OS, applications software and user data from existing HDD to new Samsung SSD. This works with Samsung SSD products like 470 Series, 830 Series, 840 series family SSDs. This cannot be used with other company product SSDs.
Before we start to clone the data on the source disk, the contents of the target disk (Samsung SSD) will be completely deleted and impossible to recover. So as a precaution, if you have any data on the destination SSD, make a backup of that data, before you start the cloning process.
The main question in many computer user minds is that whether they can boot up Windows after a complete clone process. Does it cause any problems or performance issues after migrating from the old HDD. The answer is no. You will just have it as if freshly installed the OS on your SSD.
The following procedure is recommended.
- Install the Samsung Cloning software.
- Switch the power off and connect SSD.
- Disconnect any other HDD except the source HDD.
- Power up.
- Run the Data migration tool.
- After the process is complete, switch power off again.
- Disconnect the source drive and power on.
- Now check the boot order in your BIOS with SSD as the primary one.
- Booting should be normal.
- Power off and re-connect all the other HDD drives. Everything should be fine.
4. Mini Tool Partition Wizard
The importance of cloning drives is emphasized even on this product page in the 2018 times. The necessity may be of just HDD to HDD or HDD to SSD. Some may just clone drive to backup one drive to another and use the source for another purpose.
Many typically use the cut, copy & paste method to copy the data on one HDD to SSD. This is not a safe method and also is a time consuming process. Obviously the cloning method is more preferable.
In clone method, it not only guarantees the files are the same, but the same physical location as in the source drive. Some OS files require fixed positions which may not be possible with copy and paste.
The process of cloning with MiniTool Partition Wizard is the same as before.
Right-click your HDD and select copy disk. Then select the destination disk.
As usual the data on SSD will be deleted.
The disk clone process can be customized in four ways.
Fit partitions to entire disk: automatically adjust the partition size to occupy the entire space of the target disk;
Copy partitions without resize: only works when the target disk is larger than the source disk and will clone HDD Sector-by-Sector.
Force to align partitions on this disk: this will improve the performance for Advanced Format disk & SSD.
Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk: by checking this hard drives larger than 2TB can be made full use of.
The Professional version has more features which costs a bit.
5. Paragon Backup and Recovery
The current version is 18th. This is a free edition of hdd and ssd backup software. It not only support home users for PCs and workstations, but can also be used to backup virtual hard drives. This can be Paragon’s own VMware or VHD/VHDX supported by Win 10 or 8.1 or 7.
In addition to its VHD capabilities, it is a modernized and simplified version of its imaging technology. All the features that can be found in the company’s HardDisk and Partition Manager can be found in this tool also.
These include the functions like backing up of entire system, disks, partitions or sets of files. The interface of this software is clean and nicely creates the task of a clone job. There are advanced functions like splitting archives, level of compression, password etc. But the tool lacks an important functionality of cloning a job.
For example, if you want to change the destination SSD, then you can need to create the job again. This is mostly a backup tool rather than a cloning tool.
Out of the above 5 mentioned ssd cloning tools, one has to decide the best based on his own requirement. If you are using Samsung SSDs , then its best to use their own migration tool. But if you want the normal routine cloning of OS and applications, you can use AOMEI and EaseUS. These have the functionality of only OS migration which is beautiful for booting without any difficulties. Also one has to look at the option of freeware versus paid software. If the same job, can be done using free tools than shredding some money, it is better to go with the less expensive one. Don’t you agree?