Clone HDD to A Smaller SSD

Christina updated on 2020/7/28 to Disk Clone

SSD is more faster than HDD, so many users would like to change HDD to SSD on the computer to enjoy better performance. It’s able to boot up system and write/read data faster on SSD. If you want to replace your HDD to SSD, then you also need to move the system/data together. The simple way is to clone the drive directly. Sometimes, the SSD is smaller than your HDD. Is it able to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD? The answer is yes.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

To clone a HDD to a smaller SSD, please first ensure the used space on the HDD is smaller than the SSD capacity. Second, you need to find an effective disk cloning software to help you accomplish the task. If you have no idea which software is proper for you, we recommend you have a try with DMclone. You can download it first.

With this software, it’s able to clone all the data from a HDD to a smaller SSD. It will just create an exact copy of your HDD on the SSD. You can use the SSD to replace the HDD directly then.

How to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD?

DMclone is very simple to use exactly. You can easily clone HDD to smaller SSD in a few clicks. If you want to clone HDD to SSD, please just connect both the drives to the computer, then run the software and do as follows step by step to clone.

Step 1. Run the software, choose Disk Clone mode and select the HDD as source, select SSD as destination. Click the Next button to continue.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

Step 2. At this step, you are able to change the layout on the destination SSD. As the destination is SSD, please ensure to tick the option "Check the option if the target is SSD". Then please click the Clone button to start cloning.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

Step 3. After the cloning is finished, you can then check the data on the destination drive. If the clone drive is for system, you can try to boot from the SSD and check if it works.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

Besides, if the size of the used space on HDD is larger than the SSD size, then you may not be able to clone the HDD to SSD successfully. In such a case, we suggest you check and only clone the most important partition to SSD with the Partition Clone mode. In this mode, you can only clone a partition and don’t affect the other partitions on the destination SSD. Please do as following steps to clone a partition from HDD to SSD.

Step 1. Choose the correct source partition on HDD, choose the destination partition or unallocated space on the SSD. Then please click the Next button.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

Step 2. You can check and also change the partition layout on SSD drive in this mode.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

Step 3. Click the Clone button, it will then start to clone the partition from HDD to SSD.

how to clone a HDD to a smaller SSD

If you want to clone your HDD or SSD, the software can help you without problems. It can clone different kinds of drives in different cases. For instance, it can also clone HDD to HDD, clone SSD to HDD, or clone SSD to SSD, no matter the drive is internal or external. Download the DMclone directly if you need to clone your drive.


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