How to Clone IDE to SATA HDD/SSD (2 Ways)

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Tracy King updated on Mar 12, 2021 to Disk/Partition Clone | How-to Articles

"Hi there, do you know how to clone IDE to a SATA as a boot drive? My computer is running slower and slower recently and I'm thinking to migrate OS from the IDE to a SATA SSD without reinstalling Windows, is that possible?"

Why Need to Clone IDE to SATA

With the fast spread of SSD, more and more users are upgrading their system disk from HDD to SSD by disk cloning. Most of these disks are SATA drive now.

However, there are some users still using IDE hard drive as their boot drive, which makes it quite inconvenient for them to complete some advanced test or doing some jobs on their PCs. Therefore, IDE users are trying to migrate their system disk, replacing IDE hard drive with SATA HDD or SSD. 

Clone IDE disk to SATA HDD or SSD


Besides, there are some other reasons which make IDE users want to upgrade IDE disk to SATA HDD/SSD. Here below is a comparison table of SATA and IED, which explains why it's necessary to clone IDE to SATA HDD or SSD:

  • Created in 2003
  • Inexpensive, large storage capacity
  • Supports hot-plugging
  • High data transfer rate, up to 6 GB/s
  • Connects directly to the motherboard
  • Created in 1986
  • Doesn't support the latest Windows system such as Windows 10/8
  • Doesn't support hot-plugging
  • Low data transfer rate, up to 133MB/s
  • After cloning IDE to SATA HDD/SSD, you don't need to reinstall the Windows system. Everything on the old IDE disk will be cloned to the new SATA SSD or HDD.

So how to clone IDE to SATA? How to clone IDE hard drive data with Windows system to SATA HDD or SSD without booting issue? Some preparation jobs are needed to be done before cloning the IDE disk to the SATA drive. Let's see now.


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Part 1. Preparations for Cloning IDE Disk to SATA HDD/SSD

In order to clone IDE to SATA without reinstalling the system and booting issues, there are some preparation jobs needed to be done in advance.

#1. Check if the computer motherboard support SATA

  • If the computer motherboard supports SATA, use a SATA cable and a power cable to connect SATA HDD/SSD to your PC.
  • If the computer motherboard doesn't support SATA, buy an IDE-to-SATA adapter to connect the SATA HDD/SSD to your PC.

#2. Prepare a new SATA hard drive or SSD

If it's a brand new SATA hard drive or SSD, connect it to your computer and initialize it first. See how to initialize a new HDD/SSD:

Connect SATA SSD/HDD to Windows PC via a USB to STAT cable > Open Disk Management and right-click the SATA disk > Select "Initialize Disk" > Set the disk as GPT or MBR.

Initialize SSD

If it's an used SATA HDD/SSD and you have some data saved on the disk, back up and save the data to another secure location or disk in advance.

#3. Download reliable IDE to SATA cloning software

The last key point that decides the success of IDE to SATA disk upgrading is to choose reliable disk cloning software. Here we would like to recommend you try EaseUS Disk Copy which enables you effectively upgrade disk by cloning without losing any data or boot issue.

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Video Tutorial - Clone IDE HDD to SSD on Windows 10/8/7

The video contains everything you may want to know for cloning, including preparations, clone steps, and the boot issue.

Once all these preparation jobs are done, you can now start to clone IDE to SATA hard drive or SSD now. 

Part 2. Clone IDE Disk to SATA HDD/SSD Without Booting Issue

To clone IDE disk to SATA HDD/SSD without booting issue, all you just need to follow below steps to clone IDE disk data to SATA HDD/SSD without reinstalling system now:

First. Set the SATA drive to IDE mode in BIOS

Step 1. Connect the SATA HDD/SSD to the PC via the SATA cable and power cable or IDE-to-SATA adapter.

Step 2. Restart PC and press F2, F12, Del, etc., keys and release the key to enter BIOS.

Step 3. Got to Advance menu, locate and change SATA Controller Mode to IDE Mode.

Set SATA disk to IDE mode

The exact menu option in BIOS may differ but look for "SATA Configuration", "SATA Mode", "SATA Controller Mode","SATA Operation", etc. And remember to change the mode from AHCI / RAID to IDE mode.

Step 4. Save the changes and exit BIOS, start-up PC to continue the disk cloning process.

Next. Clone IDE disk to SATA HDD/SSD, upgrade IDE to SATA HDD or SSD

Now you can start the process to clone IDE disk data to SATA HDD/SSD using EaseUS Disk Copy with the below tutorial steps:

PLUS: Before you start, remember to activate this software for a smoothy cloning process from IDE to SATA without any data loss or problems:

Let's see how to upgrade and clone the IDE disk to SATA HDD/SSD without data loss on your own:

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Step 1: In "Disk Mode", select the HDD that you want to clone.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 2: Select the SSD as your destination.

select the SSD

A warning message tells you that the data on the SSD will be erased. Click "OK" to continue if you do not have important data on the destination disk.

confirm the message

Step 3: Edit the disk layout and then click “Proceed” to continue.

As the destination is an SSD, you are suggested to tick "Check the option if the target is SSD".

check the diak layout

Step 4: Wait for the process to complete.

click proceed to start the cloning process

Last. Set PC to boot from the SATA HDD/SSD

After the cloning process, don't rush to restart the PC. Another more step is needed to be done - setting PC to boot from SATA HDD/SSD via BIOS:

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2, F12, Del, etc., keys and release the key to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Go to the Boot section, set the newly cloned SATA HDD or SSD as the boot drive in BIOS.

Change BIOS boot order after cloning IDE to SATA

Step 3. Save the changes and restart the PC.

After this, your Windows computer will boot from the new disk, and everything is now visible on the SATA disk. If you want to use the IDE disk as a data drive, you can delete the OS partition, clear the whole disk data, and save new data on it.

Further Readings: How to Migrate OS from IDE to SATA HDD/SSD

Some of you may don't want to clone the whole disk data from IDE to SATA, but just want to migrate OS from IDE drive to SATA HDD or SSD. If you have the same needs, you are at the right place.

Here we'll guide you to migrate OS or transfer Windows system only from IDE disk to SATA HDD or SSD with the help of reliable system cloning software - EaseUS Todo Backup.

Also, remember to make sure that your computer motherboard supports SATA and prepare a SATA cable and power cable to connect it to your IDE PC. Here are the detailed steps to migrate OS from IDE to SATA HDD/SSD:

If you are trying to clone a Windows system to a new HDD or SSD disk, empty the disk in advance. One more thing that you can do is to convert your HDD/SSD disk to MBR or GPT - exact the same as your current system disk, which will allow you to effortlessly boot system after cloning Windows system.

Let's see how to clone your current Windows OS to a new HDD/SSD without reinstallation Windows OS now:

Step 1. Connect the new HDD/SSD to your PC

Step 2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup to start system cloning

Select "System Clone" on the left tool panel by clicking the icon at the left top corner.

Choose system clone mode in EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 3. Choose the destination disk - HDD/SSD to save Windows system

Choose the new HDD or SSD as your target disk for saving the cloned Windows system. 
Then click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows system to HDD/SSD now.

Choose disk to save Windows 10 system.

After this, insert your new HDD or SSD into your computer and reboot PC, change the boot order to set computer boot from new HDD/SSD with cloned Windows 10 system:

  • Restart PC and press F2 or F8 to enter BIOS settings.
  • In the Boot option, select new HDD/SSD as the new boot drive and save all the changes.
  • Exit BIOS and restart the computer, you should be able to see the Windows system running on your new disk without any problems.

Then, you've successfully cloned OS from IDE disk to SATA HDD or SSD. No data loss issue or error would happen. And you can continue using the old IDE disk as a storage device on your computer.


This page offers two reliable ways to help old Windows users upgrade their system disk - IDE drives to a new SATA hard drive or SSD by cloning the whole disk or migrating OS.

If you prefer to change the whole disk without OS boot issue, EaseUS Disk Copy with its disk cloning feature as recommend in Part 2 can help.

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Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

If you only need to move the operating system to SATA HDD/SSD, the system migration tutorial in Further Readings will help you out.

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