Without a doubt, SSD (Solid State Drive) will increase the speed of users’ PC and in turn improve work efficiency. Due to the fast read-write speed of SSD, many users choose to clone the operating system from HDD to SSD to get better performance.

However, most of them have a smaller SSD, for example, 256GB. As a result, it is kind of difficult to clone HDD to smaller SSD as users cannot shrink the HDD to 256GB with any software.

Free Clone HDD to Smaller SSD without Reinstall Windows OS
Free Clone HDD to Smaller SSD without Reinstall Windows OS

So in this post, I will show you exactly how to clone to smaller SSD without any fail.

MiniTool Makes It Possible to Clone Hard Drive to Smaller SSD

Almost all of the SSD comes with a cloning tool. But don’t waste time with this program since it requires the target disk to be the same or bigger in size. Facts prove that it is not possible to finish the cloning from HDD to smaller SSD.

So What’s Next?

Using a piece of third-party software will be recommended. But when searching on Google, a ton of software will appear but 99% of them will charge users. If users won’t want to spend money on those programs, try free MiniTool software to clone large HDD to smaller SSD.

MiniTool® Software Ltd., a professional software provider, has released two hard drive cloning software that is MiniTool ShadowMaker and MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Note: Only if the used space on your HDD is equal to or less than the capacity of the SSD, the MiniTool software can help. Namely, if users want to clone 500GB HDD to 256GB SSD, the data contents on the HDD should take up space less than or equal to 256GB.

MiniTool ShadowMaker

When launching this freeware, users may find it is backup software for file, system, disk, and partition. Then, they may ask why MiniTool ShadowMaker is PC cloning software.

Actually, this software has a feature called Clone Disk which is located in the Tools page, helping users to easily clone HDD to smaller SSD for better performance. Just choose this feature, select the HDD as the source disk and SSD to store the cloned data. Next, the cloning operation is being performed.

MiniTool ShadowMaker
MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool Partition Wizard

This disk cloning software offers user two powerful features including Migrate OS to HD/SSD and Copy Disk. The former is only related to OS and it can help to transfer OS to SSD only or clone the entire system disk from HDD to SSD. And the latter enables users to move the entire system disk as well as a data disk to another hard drive.

In its main interface, users can find these two features. Just choose one based on the actual needs, specify the smaller SSD as the target disk, choose one copy option, learn some information about how to boot PC from the target disk and execute all changes to successfully clone HDD to smaller SSD.

MiniTool Partition Wizard
MiniTool Partition Wizard

After finishing the cloning from HDD to smaller SSD, replace the HDD with the new SSD, and set to boot the computer from the SSD to get fast speed.

Here, I don’t show details about the operation steps. For more information, this post – Clone Hard Drive to Smaller SSD without Reinstalling OS Easily may be useful for users.

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