Buying an SSD is a great way to speed up a computer that is using a traditional mechanical hard drive. Luckily you don’t have to start over from scratch when you buy one, it’s easy and simple to copy all of your data to your new SSD!
There’s a bunch of software that can be used to clone a drive out there, but one of the most straightforward pieces of software that I’ve come across is EaseUS Todo Backup.
Despite the fact that this has the word backup in the title, the software is great for cloning drives and being able to optimize the clone for SSDs, which is great for our use-case scenario.
To get started, you’ll want to download EaseUS Todo Backup and install it onto your computer.
This is also the point where you’ll want to make sure that you have your SSD connected to your computer.
If you are using a laptop you’ll need to get yourself a USB to SATA adapter cable so you can clone the hard drive to the SSD before you swap them.
If you have a desktop, you should be able to plug the SSD straight into your motherboard and power supply for power, but you may need an additional SATA cable. Make sure your desktop is powered off before connecting.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed EaseUS Todo Backup, you’ll want to click on the clone button which can be found on the lef-hand side menu bar.
When you click on that, a new window will pop up allowing you to select your source drive. This is the current drive that you have been using and it contains your C: partition.
Click the checkbox next to the correct drive to select the source drive and now we can move on to selecting the target drive.
The target drive is your new drive, which in our case is the SSD. Since the SSD is new, it should have no or one partition on it which will be empty. This will make it easy to find.
You can also use the GB total to find the right drive, in our case the destination drive is a 128GB SSD.
Like before, click the checkbox next to the correct drive to select the target drive.
Before you click next, now is the time to make sure the cloned SSD is optimised for being an SSD. In the bottom left corner, click the button that says “Advanced Settings”. Here you can check the “Optimize for SSD” checkbox.
If you’ve been looking closely, you’ll have noticed that I’m cloning a 250GB hard drive to a 128GB SSD. The cloning process automatically resizes any partitions for smaller drives.
If you’re cloning from a smaller drive to a larger one, you’ll need to make sure that you make full use of that
Now you can drag out your main partition so it fills the
Disclaimer: Anything data on the target drive will be erased. A backup of your files is reccommended as a precaution. Richard Tech is not responsible for any loss of data.
Now you can double check what you have chosen at the source and destination drives, when you’re ready click “Proceed”. This will then begin cloning the drives.
When the clone is done, you can click the “Finish” button and swap your old hard drive for your fast SSD.