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How to clone SSD? Windows does not come with a cloning tool, so you should turn to a reliable third party software - EaseUS Partition Master.

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Sherly

Updated on Jul 19, 2024

Do you want to clone SSD safely? Congratulations! This article from EaseUS gives a step-by-step guide on how to clone an SSD. 

The guides in the article apply to:

  • Clone SSD when upgrading
  • Clone SSD to new SSD - Upgrade SSD
  • Clone SSD for backup data
  • Clone the original SSD to a new computer
  • Clone SSD for operation system migration

Now, let's see the preparations before cloning an SSD. Before that, you should do some preparations Before Cloning SSD:

💡1. Download Free SSD Cloning Software

Windows doesn't come with any built-in cloning feature, so you should use a third-party cloning tool - EaseUS Partition Master Professional. This tool can smoothly clone data SSD or OS SSD to another device. It's perfectly compatible with all Windows versions and easy to use for its clear interface. Before we start, install it on your PC first.

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💡2. Check the Destination Drive

You should check the SSD capacity and make sure the destination drive is bigger than the source SSD. Also, if there is any important data on the destination drive, back up them first since cloning will erase all the original files. In addition, you need to initialize the hard drive or SSD if it's a new one.

How to Clone SSD?

EaseUS Partition Master is a rich-featured SSD cloning software. This tool can clone SSD with bad sectors, clone only used space on the source SSD, and clone the data/OS SSD.

This part offers two guides on cloning an SSD. Follow the correct guide based on your needs:

Guide 1. Clone OS SSD

EaseUS Partition Master not only clones OS SSD but also sets it as the boot drive if you need it. Without accessing the BIOS manually, you can set the destination drive as the boot drive. If Windows is installed on your SSD, follow this guide to clone the OS SSD using EaseUS Partition Master.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Disk Clone tab, select "Clone OS Disk" and click "Next". 

Select clone OS disk

Step 2. Select the target new drive where you want to clone the OS to, and click "Next".

Select target drive to clone OS to

Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to continue the OS disk cloning process.

confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Step 3. View the disk layout, and click "Start" to begin the OS cloning process.

Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Step 4. When the process completes, you'll see a confirming message, asking "if you want to start up computer from the clone target disk". 

  • Reboot Now means to reboot your PC and configure the computer to boot OS from the new disk immediately.
  • Done means you want to make the changes later. 
 Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Is it easy to use EaseUS Partition Master to clone the SSD where the operating system is installed? This tool provides a safe and fast solution. Click the button below and share it with someone in need. This tool can replace a hard drive or SSD without losing data.

 

Guide 2. Clone Data SSD

EaseUS Partition Master can also safely clone a data SSD for upgrading SSD. It can transfer all data, files, programs, and original settings to the destination drive. Follow these steps to try:

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Step 1. Select the source disk.

  • Go to the "Clone" tab, click "Clone OS Disk" or "Click Data Disk". And then click "Next" to continue.
  • Select the source disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Next".
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
  • Check the warning message and click "Yes" to confirm.
confirm to continue the cloning process

Step 3. Select clone mode.

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

Step 4. Click "Start" to start cloning process.

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To perform SSD to SSD clone, After cloning, your SSD may become misaligned, which can reduce SSD performance. So, if your SSD is misaligned, you can use EaseUS Partition Master's 4K alignment feature to align SSD after clone.

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Conclusion

Cloning an SSD is a quick and easy way to move the operating system, data, programs, and other related files from an older, slower drive to a faster, larger drive. EaseUS Partition Master is a powerful tool to help you clone SSD to larger SSD or M.2, SATA, NVMe, and so on. Compared with Image file, EaseUS Partition Master's cloning feature can save a lot of time and batch clone files, operating system, and programs to another disk.

FAQs About How to Clone an SSD

How do you clone an SSD on Windows 11/10/8/7? You are sure you know how to clone an SSD to another now. Check the following details and learn more about the SSD clone.

1. Can you clone an SSD to another SSD?

Sure. Users usually clone an SSD to another SSD due to the limited running speed or limited space. Cloning an SSD to another can transfer operating systems, apps, settings, and your personal data to another SSD safely. It won't cause any data loss.

2. How can I clone my SSD for free?

You can follow the brief guide to clone SSD for free:

  • Prepare an SSD - install, initialize, and partition the destination SSD.
  • Download OS/data cloning software - EaseUS Partition Master. Navigate to its "Disk clone" section and follow the prompts to perform the SSD clone.
  • Change boot order - Set the PC to boot from the new SSD with cloned Windows if it's an OS SSD.

You can refer to this link to select the best free SSD cloning software and clone SSD for free on your own.

3. Is it safe to clone SSD?

Cloning software on the official website is safe. But you need to pay attention to the destination drive. Back up it if any important data is on it since disk cloning will erase the original data.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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