Many users decide to clone a hard drive to SSD or migrate OS from an HDD to a SSD because of the fast read-write speed of SSD so that Windows can boot up in a few seconds, what if the disk capacity of an SSD is smaller than a traditional HDD? I will introduce you an easy way to get it done. Share it if you like.
With the popularity and improved performance of Solid State Drives, many people are thinking seriously about upgrading their Hard Disk Drive. One problem bothers the majority, as the disk capacity of traditional HDDs is usually larger than that of SSDs, how to move all contents from a larger HDD to a smaller SSD? Clone is always a good option.
Clone a large disk to a smaller one is never that easy. And third party software and tools make it possible.There are many types of hard drive cloning software in the software market, however, most software only supports cloning a small disk to a larger one.
Is there any available tool for this job? Of course. MiniTool Software Ltd. has released two programs including MiniTool ShadowMaker.
Clone HDD to Smaller SSD Using MiniTool ShadowMaker
Is MiniTool ShadowMaker suitable for you to clone a large disk to a smaller one? It could the thing you want to know.
At first glance, you can find it is a good backup & restore solution mainly for your computer file, partition or disk. Actually, it also offers you a powerful feature called Clone Disk, enabling you to transfer the entire system disk or data disk to a smaller SSD in Windows 10/8/7.
Step 1: Connect the SSD that has enough disk space to your computer. Then, double-click on the program icon and then enter the following interface. Here, you are required to choose one computer to manage, either Local Computer or Remote PC. Just click Connect button accordingly.
Tip: MiniTool ShadowMaker only allows you to control a PC on the same LAN. If you have a need, type a correct IP in the textbox and click Connect to continue.
Step 2: Then, perhaps you will ask where the cloning feature is. Please navigate to Tools tab located in the toolbar, and then click Clone Disk module to start to clone large HDD to smaller SSD.
Step 3: Whereafter, for a hard drive cloning, it is necessary to choose the large source disk and the smaller target disk.
Step 4: In the process page, all the information about the cloning will be listed including the source disk, destination disk, cloning elapsed time and remaining time.
If you can't wait for the cloning to complete, click the button Shut down the computer when the operation is completed in advance. Conversely, wait patiently, please.
Till now, you have completed the clone.
MiniTool ShadowMaker is also an all-in-one system backup and data protection solution that can be used to back up system/disk/files/folders, to customize backup schedule, to manage disk space taken up by backup files, to create WinPE bootable media, to clone hard drive, and so on.
You can also use another MiniTool software - MiniTool Partition Wizard to finish this job. Hope that all the methods will help you some way.
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