Clone Larger HDD to Smaller SSD

Tracy King updated on Dec 19, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

"Lately, my desktop runs extremely slow and I want to do something and optimize its performance. The first idea I came up with is to upgrade the machine from the old HDD to a new SSD. I found that many stand-alone cloners don't allow to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD. I use 250 GB HDD and the new SSD is of 128 GB, and the smaller SSD is far beyond the used space on the HDD. Can I just move the user data from HDD to SSD? Any suggestion?"

With the increasing need for SSD, it becomes cheaper and more people decide to use SSD rather than HDD. With faster writing and reading speed, being quieter, SSD becomes hot among users, most of them choose to move a hard disk data to an SSD.

As we all know, SSD is designed with a smaller capacity than that of HDD. When it comes to cloning a larger HDD to a smaller SSD, people have difficulty in finding a proper cloning tool that can resolve the larger to smaller cloning issue.

EaseUS Partition Master Makes It Possible to Clone Larger HDD to Smaller SSD

To solve the problem, people need to find a powerful tool. And here we recommend you try EaseUS free partition software, with it people can copy the HDD data to SSD fast without damaging either device. Before doing the copy from one disk to the other one, make sure your SSD is correctly connected to your computer.

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 Windows 10 is supported

To clone bigger HDD to a smaller SSD disk, or migrate OS to SSD, you need to confirm that the actual data usage space on the HDD is equal to or smaller to the SSD capacity.
Then EaseUS Partition Master will clone all data to the new disk.

Now let's learn how to copy data from a larger HDD to a smaller SSD.


Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

confirm to continue the cloning process

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Adjust disk layout

Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose EaseUS Partition Master?

"I've used Partition Master Professional many times to create, delete, format, move, rename, and resize partitions."PCWorld

"Partitioning tools have come a very long since the days of complicated command line utilities and EASEUS Partition Master is one of the most advanced programs available."TECH ADVISOR

"I love that the changes you make with EaseUS Partition Master Free aren't immediately applied to the disks. It makes it way easier to play out what will happen after you've made all the changes."Lifewire

Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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