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Clone Larger HDD to Smaller SSD

Updated on Dec 19, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Many stand-alone cloners don't support cloning a larger HDD to a smaller SSD, and cloning software asks for the destination disk at least the same size as of source disk. Don't worry, here is a possible way to help clone larger HDD to smaller SSD.

"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.

choose a suitable destination

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

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" and "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout.

Then click "OK" to continue. (The data on the target disk will be wiped, back up the data in advance.)


Step 4: Execute the operation.

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