Minitool solution: upgrade laptop hard drive to an SSD

There's no better way to speed up and upgrade a laptop than to replace its mechanical drive with an SSD (Solid State Drive).The process of upgrading your laptop to SSD is fairly simple if you have easy access to your hard drive via a removable panel on the bottom of the laptop. Especially with a reliable third-party software and utility.

Advantages of SSD over HDD

  • Faster read-write speed: SSD does not possess any head, instead, it uses flash memory as the storage medium, and the seek time is almost ZERO, without any delay. No matter you are going to run operating system or large software on it, SSD is competent, and the running speed has a qualitative leap.
  • Nonperishable: SSD does not contain any removable mechanical parts internally, so it can calmly face vibration, overturn and drop, minimizing the possibility of data loss when a laptop accidentally falls down.
  • Less heat dissipation and zero noise: since SSD adopts flash memory chip, SSD gives out little calorific value. Also, because there is no mechanical motor, the noise value is nearly 0 db.
  • Portability: compared with the traditional HDD, SSD is smaller in volume and lighter in weight, which is convenient for users to take away.

SSD has so many advantages, but there're more reasons that why you need to upgrade hard drive to an SSD.

How to Upgrade Laptop Hard Drive via Disk Cloning

Basically, this replacement process refers to cloning the entire content on your existing laptop hard drive to an SSD, then taking out the original hard drive and putting the SSD in its place. See some details.

Getting Ready

  1. Purchase an appropriate SSD
    It should be compatible with your laptop since some old models may use a parallel ATA connector, not SATA. Besides, please keep in mind another important thing: confirm the actual size of the current hard disk and make sure the SSD you get has a higher capacity to hold all data.
  2. Prepare cloning software
    There are many available software to choose from. MiniTool ShadowMaker can bring you much convenience in the laptop hard drive replacement.
  1. A USB-SATA adapter
    Connecting your SSD via a USB-SATA adapter to your laptop for hard drive disk cloning is better than connecting via USB cable.
  2. Initialize SSD
    If the SSD is brand-new, you need to initialize it to MBR or GPT in Windows Disk Management. Otherwise, it cannot be used.

Upgrade Laptop Hard Drive with MiniTool ShadowMaker

After getting MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition, please install it on your computer which can be Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7. Then, begin the cloning.

Step 1: Click the icon of MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition on your laptop.

Then, you will enter the following interface where you need to choose one computer to manage.


Step 2: Then, click Clone Disk which is located in Tools tab. By means of this feature, it is quite easy to finish disk cloning, including cloning the system disk and data disk.


Step 3: Then, a small window will pop out to show you the next operation: select a source disk or target disk. From the following screenshot, you can see two modules.

Please choose the corresponding section to do this job.



Step 4: After completing selecting hard drives, click OK to perform the next step. Then, a warning will appear, informing you all data on the target disk will be destroyed.


Step 5: Softwarewill automatically perform the copy progress. From the figure below, you see some information about the laptop hard drive cloning: source disk, destination disk, elapsed time and remaining time.

Be patient for this process, please.


Until now, so much information about how to clone a laptop hard drive with MiniTool ShadowMaker has been informed to you. The steps are very simple as long as you follow the above instructions.

After completing the disk cloning, just replace laptop HDD with SSD. Then, restart your laptop, then Windows will run very fast.

To sum up, MiniTool ShadowMaker is a good assistant to replace laptop hard drive with SSD without reinstalling operating system. Hope you can also own such a piece of hard drive cloning software in your Windows 10/8/7.

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