How to Copy Hard Drive to SSD with Everything, Including the OS, Installed Programs and Data

Lucien updated on May 30, 2022 to Disk Clone

Why You May Want to Clone Hard Drive to SSD

SSD is also called solid state drives, which is called solid disk for short. Solid state drive is a hard disk made of solid-state electronic storage chip array, which is composed of control unit and storage unit (flash chip and DRAM chip).The interface specification, definition, function and use method of solid-state disk are completely the same as those of ordinary hard disk, and the product shape and size are also completely the same as those of ordinary hard disk.It is widely used in military, vehicle, industrial control, video monitoring, network monitoring, network terminal, electric power, medical treatment, aviation, navigation equipment and other fields.

Advantages of solid state drives:

1. Lightweight and small volume

Compared with the mechanical hard disk, the solid-state disk is smaller and lighter. Generally speaking, the size of the mechanical hard disk of a desktop computer is 3.5 inches, while the size of the SATA interface solid-state disk is only 2.5 inches. Moreover, the m.2 interface solid-state disk size is smaller, only the size of the U disk.

2. mute

Since the solid-state drive has no mechanical motor, similar to the U disk, the noise value is 0 dB when the solid-state drive works, and there is no noise.

3. Reading and writing speed

SSD is a storage medium. The reading speed is faster than a mechanical hard disk. The reading speed limit of a hard disk cannot exceed 200m / s, and the writing speed is also challenging to exceed 100M / s; SSD hard disk has excellent advantages in transmission speed. The reading and writing of sata3 interface solid-state disk are usually 3-5 times that of mechanical hard disk, while the solid-state disk of m.2 nvme protocol is more than ten times or even higher. The system boot time is much shorter than traditional hard disk drives.

4. Low calorific value/power consumption

Compared with a mechanical hard disk, a solid-state disk has lower power consumption, so its calorific value is also lower, which is more energy-saving and power-saving.

5. Shock resistance and fall resistance

Since the solid-state drive does not have any mechanical moving parts, it is not afraid of collision, impact, and vibration and has excellent shock and fall resistance. When the hard disk is working, it is less likely to be damaged when it tilts over or falls accidentally, or collides with hard objects.

Best Way to Clone Hard Drive to SSD

Many users want the system to start from SSD based on the above advantages, so how do you copy the hard drive to SSD? There are usually two ways.

Solution 1: The backup and restore software is used to back up the existing system into a mirror image and convert it to the SSD. However, this method has many steps and is more troublesome.

Solution 2: A disk cloning software can clone the source system directly to the target SSD in one step. The hard drive cloning software saves a lot of time and energy, and there is no need to reinstall various application software.

Then we will introduce the second solution in detail by using DMclone, a popular disk cloning software on the market.

Step 1: Select clone source and clone target.

Select a disk or partition as the clone source in the pop-up clone window. The target can be an empty disk or unallocated space as the clone target. Click next.

Disk cloning software

Step 2: Edit the destination disk layout.

To edit the cloned target disk layout, you can select auto fit disk layout, clone as the source disk, or manually edit disk layout.

select target disk

Step 3: Perform cloning.

After confirmation, click "execute" to start the cloning process.

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DMclone also has the following advantages:

  1. The disk cloning utility saves time; there is no need to reinstall the system and software and move additional documents.
  2. The system disk is migrated to the solid-state disk, and the 4K alignment is automatically performed to improve the solid-state performance
  3. Hard disks with different capacity sizes can realize system migration. After migration, you can start from the target disk
  4. Completely clone the hard disk to another hard disk. In 3 steps, your new hard disk can perfectly replace the old hard disk
  5. Support 32-bit / 64 bit systems such as Windows 11/10/8.1/ 8/7