How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

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How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac – Most computers today are equipped with a Hard disk drive (HDD), but you can enjoy better computer performance if you upgrade to a solid-state drive (SSD). But when you buy an SSD for a computer, you’ll need to copy all your data (or clone the drive) to get the operating system and all files on the new drive. Here’s how to clone a hard drive to SSD on Windows and Mac.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac
How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac 2021

Before you take any of these steps, it’s important to back up all your important data. Problems might arise during the cloning process which can result in you losing all data. You also need to make sure that the SSD you are using has more capacity than the files you are cloning.

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  1. Download the free version of EaseUS TodoYou must enter your email address to download the application.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the program on the computer.
  3. Insert the SSD into your computer. Make sure the SDD is connected properly. If you only have space on your computer for a single drive, you may need to connect the SSD with a USB-to-SATA adapter or external dock for the cloning process. Then you can insert the SSD when the process is complete.
  4. Click the magnifying glass icon in the lower-left corner of your screen and type “Computer Management” in the search box. 
  5. Then click Open.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

6. In the Computer Management window, initialize the SSD when prompted. If you are not prompted to initialize a disk, you can right-click on your disk and select Initialize Disk. If you don’t know which disk is the source and which is the new SSD, you can tell by looking at the size.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

7. Select the same partition as your source drive. To find it, you can right-click on your source disk and click properties. Then select the Volume tab, where you will find the partition style, which should be GUID Partition Table (GPT) or Master Boot Record (MBR). Then select the same partition style for your SSD.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

8. Click OK.

9. Open the EaseUS Todo application. 

10. Click the “Clone” icon on the left sidebar. If you don’t see it, click the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of your window to expand the menu.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

11. Select your source hard disk and click Next. This is your original drive, the drive where you clone your operating system and files.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

12. Then select the target disk or SSD, but don’t click Next.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

13. Next, click “Advanced Options”, then select “Optimize for SSD”. This will ensure that your partitions are aligned and that you get the most out of the SSD.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Windows and Mac

14. Click OK and then NEXT.

15. Click “Proceed” when prompted by the software. 

16. Wait until the cloning process is complete. This may take a while, depending on how big your hard drive is.

17. Click “Finish” when the cloning process is complete.

How to Boot from SSD After Clone in Windows

Once you have cloned your hard drive, you can boot from the SSD to use the computer. Here are the steps on how to boot from SSD after you have cloned the hard drive.

1. Insert the SSD into the computer. If you are cloning with an external SDD, you will need to insert it into the computer before booting. If you can clone with the SSD already inserted in the computer, you can skip this step.

2. Restart the computer and enter BIOS setup. Depending on your computer model, you will need to press ESC, F1, F2, F8, or F10 while the computer is restarted. You can search for the BIOS key online or check your startup screen.

How to Boot from SSD After Clone in Windows

3. Go to the Boot. You will see on-screen instructions on how to navigate the BIOS menu.

How to Boot from SSD After Clone in Windows

4. Move the SSD to the top of the list. You can use the keyboard to change the boot order from the computer drive. Putting your SSD at the top of the list tells your computer to boot from that drive first.

5. Exit the main BIOS menu. 

6. Wait for your computer to reboot. 

7.Open Windows Explorers and click This PC in the left sidebar to confirm that your SSD is C: drive. You can tell that an SSD is the new C drive by looking at its size.

How to Boot from SSD After Clone in Windows

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Mac

If you have a computer running MacOS, you can perform the cloning process using Disk Utility. The system refers to the process as “Restore”, not cloning because you are restoring data from one source drive to another.

  1. Insert the SSD drive into the Mac.
  2. Then restart the Mac while holding down Command + R keys on the keyboard.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Mac

3. Release the keys when you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Mac

4. With your computer on, click Disk Utility.

How to Clone Hard Drive to SSD on Mac

5. Then select SSD from the left sidebar.

6. Next, click Restore.

7. Then select the drive you wish to clone from the drop-down menu.  If you want to copy all files, make sure to select your hard drive, not the Base System.

8. Wait for the recovery process to complete.

9. Click “Done” when the recovery process is complete. 

How to Boot from SSD After Cloning on Mac

  1. Restart your Mac.
  2. When restarting, hold down the “Option” key.
  3. From the boot switcher menu, select SSD. 
  4. Continue by restarting your Mac computer.

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