How to Transfer Hard Drive to New Hard Drive Easily (4 Steps)?

Why do you transfer hard drive to new hard drive?

Transferring hard drive to a new one will be a necessary process during the use of a computer. After a long time use, you may find some annoying facts, for example, your computer is running slow, the program stuck in use, disk space is rapidly decreasing, etc. In these situations, you may need to transfer the hard drive to a new hard drive for replacement or better performance.

Also, except for replacing old hard drive and boosting performance, users may want to create an exact copy of the backup to protect data continuously. And You don’t have to worry about data loss anymore.

What is the best way to transfer data from old hard drive to new hard drive?

When searching this keyword “transfer hard drive to new hard drive” online, you may find that some users want to transfer data from old hard drive to new hard drive, while others want to transfer entire disk including the operating system, system reserved partition or EFI system partition, installed program, saved data, etc. Then, what is the best way to achieve these goal?
If you only have small amount of files to transfer, you can simply copy data on the old hard drive and then paste it to new hard drive. You need to connect the new hard drive externally via a USB adapter or enclosure.

How to Transfer Hard Drive to New Hard Drive Easily (4 Steps)?

But if you have a large amount of files to transfer or the entire disk is full of data, copy and paste will not a be good choice. Because it will consume much time than you think. And there is a possibility that you copies some of files on the old hard drive, but some didn’t. To solve it, you need a file sync software.

It seems to be very easy to transfer data. But what if you want to transfer operating system from one hard drive to another? You cannot use both ways above to make it, because they only work for personal data you created. To transfer the operating system and other system files, you need a free backup and restore software or disk cloning software.

Next, I’ll show you how to transfer hard drive including everything. Please keep reading below and learn the step wise guide.

Preparations for transferring hard drive to new hard drive

Before starting transferring data or OS, you need to do a few other things to ensure the hard drive transfer process run smoothly.

The first thing is to prepare a new hard drive for transfer. You need to know that not all hard drives are the same and will fit properly on drive bay of your computer. Thus, you need to get the size, thickness and interface of your current drive and then buy the correct one.

And in most cases, the new hard drive need to be equal to or larger than the original disk, otherwise the transfer process will fail when you restore system image to a new disk or cloning larger drive to smaller drive. Because the target disk cannot hold everything on the old one.

After that, you still need to connect new hard drive to your computer. There are 2 situation, namely, your computer has 2 drive bay and your computer only has 1 drive bay. It will be simple if your computer has drive bay, you can directly install the new hard drive on another drive bay. If your computer only has one drive bay, you will need an external SATA to USB adapter or enclosure for connecting your hard drive.

How to Transfer Hard Drive to New Hard Drive Easily (4 Steps)?

Except for these, you still need a free backup software or disk clone software, which is the core of hard drive transfer. It can help you transfer all the data on the old hard drive to new hard drive, even it’s Windows installation. I’d like to recommend you AOMEI Backupper Standard for transfer.

How to transfer old hard drive to new hard drive in simple steps?

Here you will learn how to transfer old hard drive to new hard drive with AOMEI Backupper Standard, it applies to transferring data from old hard drive to new hard drive as well as migrating the Windows installation with secure boot. As a helpful software, you can enjoy the following benefits from it:

  • It supports both backup and restore, clone solutions, so you can choose the way you want. If you prefer an easy one, cloning will be a better choice, because you can use everything on it without restoring image file.
  • It support multiple useful features to make backup and restore, or clone process effectively. For example, it allows you to clone only used sectors on the old hard drive and migrate to new hard drive. In this case, you can easily clone large drive to smaller drive and ensure you can use it to boot your computer successfully.
  • It has great compatibility in Windows system and storage device. You can use this software on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista and it supports transferring hard drive to external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive, NAS, etc.

Then, let’s learn the detailed steps to transfer hard drive to new hard drive with AOMEI Backupper Standard. Note that the cloning process will delete all the data on the target disk. If your target disk has important data, please backup it to external hard drive or flash drive. If you don’t have any storage device, you can backup files with cloud backup service and store it online.

Step 1. Connect the new hard drive and install the free hard drive transfer software – AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then, click Clone and Disk Clone subsequently.

transfer old hard drive to new hard drive
Transfer old hard drive to new hard drive

Notes:

  • The free version only supports cloning MBR disk to MBR as well as data disk. To clone system disk between 2 GPT disks or GPT and MBR, you need to use the professional version of AOMEI Backupper.
  • To check partition style between two drives, you could go to disk management, right click the hard disk or the SSD, choose Properties -> Volume -> Partition Style, then you will see MBR or GPT.

Step 2. Select your old hard drive (here is Disk0) as source disk. Then, click Next.

Select your old hard drive
Select your old hard drive as source disk

Step 3. Select the new hard drive (here is Disk1) as destination disk. Then, click Next.

Select the new hard drive (here is Disk1) as destination disk
Select the new hard drive as destination disk

Step 4. Confirm the details of old hard drive and new hard drive. Check the “SSD Alignment” to optimize disk performance if your new hard drive is an SSD. Then, click Start Clone to transfer old hard drive to new hard drive.

Confirm the details of old hard drive and new hard drive
Confirm the details of old hard drive and new hard drive

Now, you may already have an exact copy of your old hard drive, then what do you do? Store to a safe place and leave it alone. The answer is NOT, you need to let Windows boot from it and check if it’s bootable. Otherwise, you will be frustrate when you find your computer run into issues and want to replace old hard drive with this one.