How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD for Disk Upgrade
Why SSD is better than HDD
Today many users install operating system on SSD and use HDD to store games, films and other files. If asking them why, they will tell you SSD is doing much better than HDD. But since SSD is much more expensive, so migrating OS disk to SSD is a wise choice. Wondering why SSD is better than HDD? Let's get to the introduction of them first.
HDD (Hard disk Drive) is the basic storage in computer. The most prominent symbol for HDD is that it access data with a head located on an arm. HDD consists of many removable parts, making itself easily to get shocked and damaged. At present, the disk capacity of HDD are typically 500G, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, etc., and the sizes can be classified as 3.5 inch, 2.5 inch, 1.8 inch, etc. The interfaces of HDD are always PATA, SATA, SCSI etc.. HDDs with PATA and SATA interfaces are typically suitable for home, with large capacity and lower price; while the SCSI interface is normally used on high-end servers and workstations, with good performance and high stability, but the price is more expensive.
SSD (Solid State Drive) is a kind of hard disk which is made of solid state electronic memory chip arrays, and is composed of control units and memory units (including Flash chip and DRAM chip). SSD is widely used in military, video surveillance, network monitoring, navigation equipments and other fields. Although the cost of SSD is relatively higher than that of HDD, SSD is still gradually spread to the market. The new generation of SSD is generally using SATA-2 interface, SATA-3 interface, SAS interface, MSATA interface, PCI-E interface, NGFF interface, CFast interface and SFF-8639 interface.
SSD has the following advantages over HDD:
1.Faster read-write speed: Solid-state drive does not possess any head, instead, it use flash memory as the storage medium, and the seek time is almost ZERO, without any delay. No matter you are going to run operating system or large software on it, SSD is competent, and the running speed has a qualitative leap.
2.Nonperishable: SSD does not contain any removable mechanical parts internally, so it can calmly face vibration, overturn and drop, minimizing the possibility of data loss when a laptop accidently falls down.
3.Less heat dissipation and zero noise: since SSD adopts flash memory chip, SSD gives out little calorific value. Also, because there is no mechanical motor, the noise value is nearly 0 db.
4.Portability: compared with the traditional HDD, SSD is smaller in volume and lighter in weight, which is convenient for users to take away.
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How to Clone a Hard Drive to SSD in Windows 7/8
Since SSD has so many advantages over HDD, obviously you may come with such ideas: Can I use SSD to replace the HDD in personal computer? If yes, how can I quickly clone laptop hard drive to SSD? Take it easy, next we will talk about how to clone a hard drive to SSD.
As an old saying goes: where there is a will, there is a way. So the solution is already there, waiting for your discovery. Actually you just need a partition magic alternative to help you, and we strongly recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition since it is highly marked in C/net.
To show you the operations of using this software, we will take cloning a hard drive to SSD in Windows 8 for example. First of all, we need to download this partition tool from the official website and then install it to computer to get ready. Hit the button to get it now!
(Tip: if you don't want install, you can turn to MiniTool Portable Partition Manager.)
Here are the tutorials.
Step 1. Connect SSD to Windows 8. Install and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, select the source hard drive and then choose "Copy" (we choose disk 1).
Step 2. Select a disk to copy the source disk to. Here you are expected to choose the SSD (we choose disk 3).
Note: All the data on SSD will be destroyed, so make sure you have done backup in advance. You are allowed to clone a hard drive to a smaller SSD, as long as it can hold all data in the source disk. You can also clone SSD to larger SSD by using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
Step 3. Review the changes you are going to make and also change the copy options if necessary.
Step 4. MiniTool Partition Wizard will tell you how to boot from the destination hard drive. So if you are cloning boot drive to SSD, you need to pay attention.
Step 5. When you are lead to the main interface again, you can preview the changes you are going to make from the middle pane. (Here disk 3 has the same disk layout with disk 1.) If you confirm these changes, you should click "Apply" to make the changes effective.
After a while, Partition Wizard will finish cloning hard drive SSD. Then you can keep the drive as data backup location or you just set computer to boot from the SSD.
The easy-to-use interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard makes it easy to copy partition/hard drive to SSD in Windows easily. Besides, this software is also disk management software which enables you to extend partition, move partition, convert NTFS to FAT, convert MBR disk to GPT disk, and more. So don't hesitate to use this freeware to clone hard drive to SSD.