How to change a computer hard drive disk

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What to Know

  • Use an intermediate drive: Clone an image of the old drive to an external drive. Swap the old and new drives and install the clone.
  • Clone the old drive: Connect the new drive to the computer. Use software to make a mirror image of the old drive. Swap the drives.
  • Copy only the data: Install the new drive, install Windows and apps. Connect the old drive to the computer and copy the data.

This article explains three ways to replace your hard drive and move your data and programs to the new one. It includes information on selecting the right replacement hard drive.

How to Mirror Your Old Drive to an External Drive

Replacing the hard drive on your laptop or desktop computer is one of the best upgrades you can make; in particular, it prolongs the useful life of an aging laptop. Upgrading to a larger drive gives you much-needed additional storage space, and you also can gain a big productivity boost from faster hard drive speeds.

If you have an external hard drive lying around or network-attached storage (NAS) device, you don’t need to buy anything besides the new hard drive. Using software such as Acronis True Image or free Clonezilla, you can save an image of your current drive onto your existing external drive.

This software copies or mirrors the drive completely with data, applications, and settings intact. Then, you can physically swap out the old drive in your computer with the new drive, run the cloning software again on the new drive, and install the cloned image you saved from that external drive or NAS.

Copying Directly From the Old Drive to the New Drive

If you don’t want to use an intermediate external hard drive or NAS to copy the data back and forth, you can just connect the new and old drives together using either a simple USB-to-SATA/IDE adapter or cable, a laptop hard drive enclosure (which holds the old hard drive and connects it to your laptop via USB), or a laptop hard drive upgrade kit.

The latter typically includes not just the enclosure and cable, but also software for cloning the old drive to the new one.

In this case, you have two options: cloning the old drive and copying just the data.

Cloning the Old Drive

Connect the new drive to the laptop with the cable.

Use the cloning software to clone the old drive onto the new one.

Swap out the old drive with the new drive.

Copying Just the Data

Install the new drive into the laptop.

Install Windows and your other applications fresh onto the new drive.

Connect the old drive to the laptop using the cable or enclosure, and copy your data folders (e.g., My Documents) to your new drive.

Which Is the Recommended Method?

The preferred method is to swap out the new and old drives, then connect the old drive to the laptop via a USB adapter cable. Then, just copy the folders under Users to the new drive, after installing Windows and the apps fresh.

It takes more time to install the operating system and programs again, but you wind up with a brand new system. Programs such as Ninite and AllMyApps make reinstalling applications very easy when setting up your new laptop or setting up your laptop with your new hard drive.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Choose the Right Replacement Drive

Not all hard drives are the same. If you have an older laptop, for example, the connector for the drive might not work with newer hard drives. Similarly, make sure the drive you buy will fit properly into your laptop or desktop PC bay.

To find out the specifics on what kind of drive you should buy, do a web search for your current drive manufacturer and model to get the size, thickness, and interface (e.g., 2.5-inch, 12.5mm thick SATA drive). Most laptops use 2.5-inch drives, but do check yours to make sure; you’ll find the info on the drive label itself.

Once you’ve purchased the right drive replacement, physically swapping your old drive with the new one is very easy — just a matter of removing a few screws and sliding in the new drive in place of the old one.

Problems of upgrading Windows 7/10 system hard drive

Windows 7 system hard drive upgrade problem:

The lifetime of a hard disk is just a few years. To some extent, the hard disk will go on strike and fail to satisfy your requirement for speed and storage. After the new release of Windows Operating System – Windows 7, many people are so excited to replace their old operating system with Windows 7, having the really cool new features from desktop improvements to how you do things easier like networking, an organization of files and better performance.

However, after the excitation, there comes the disaster that your hard disk is so small and old that can hardly run well with Windows 7. At this moment, if you want to keep this new operating system on your PC, the best way is to upgrade your hard drive to a larger one. But many people are reluctant to do this. On the one hand is that they have to reinstall the operating system on the new disk again and also they would lose the personal settings and applications which they want to keep. On the other hand is that users have already stored a large number of data and files on the older disk. If they choose to upgrade to a larger hard drive, it means they have to transfer all data to the new one, which is considered to be time-consuming and unsafe for they may lose some important files or some applications that can’t be transferred to another place with a simple manual copy.

Windows 10 system hard drive upgrade needs:

Due to the increasing number of Windows 10 users, more and more users are feeling that their old computer or old hard drive cannot run fast with the new system. A perfect solution to this issue is to upgrade system hard drive to a bigger HDD or SSD.В

The best way to upgrade Windows 7/10 system hard drive

Given these troubles, many people wouldn’t upgrade their Windows 7/10 hard drive unless they have no choice. So is there any easy and safe way to solve this problem – upgrading to a larger disk without reinstalling Windows 7/10 system or losing any data?

Surfing on the Internet, you will find numerous ways to help you out. Of course, the common recommendation offered by most people is to choose professional hard drive clone software which can create an exact copy of one hard drive to another one, keeping all the partitions and data including the operating system intact as they were in the original (source) disk. Among the sea of software, which one is the best for your PC and the data?

How to upgrade Windows 7/10 system hard drive?

EaseUS Todo Backup is specialized for home and business users. It not only offers a professional and perfect way for backing up the system and important data but also prevails in cloning function. There are two modules of disk clone for your selection, namely, file by file clone and sector by sector clone.

Support Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

File by file, as its name suggests, only copies the used space of your hard drive at a much faster speed and you can resize the partitions of the new hard disk according to your own need. One thing must be clear is that this module is only available when the file system is intact.

If something goes wrong with your file system, sector by sector clone is highly recommended. Though the cloning speed is a little bit slow, it is a very safe way to protect your data and successfully upgrade your Windows 7, Windows 10 system hard drive. By the way, if you want to transfer your system to a new hard disk with a different configuration, you can use Recover to dissimilar hardware.

With this Windows hard drive clone software, you won’t be annoyed by losing your data or reinstalling Windows 7/10 system on the new disk. Just a few clicks help you to upgrade the Windows system drive.

Video tutorial: upgrade Windows 7/10 system hard drive without reinstalling Windows

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click “Clone”.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Step 2: Select the source disk which contains the operating system.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Step 3:В Choose the destination disk.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

These advanced settings can help you clone a drive more stable and smoothly in some special case. However, without these advanced settings, EaseUS Todo backup can still give you an exact and intact clone.

Optimize for SSD – If the destination disk is an SSD, checking this option will ensure sector alignment in the process.

Sector by sector clone – A sector by sector clone ensures that the destination hard disk/partition is exactly the same as the source hard disk/partition. It will clone all the sectors if the option is checked, even if the sector is blank. As a result, the target will be equal in size to the disk being cloned after the process. This option is found in the same step where you choose the destination hard disk/partition both in the Disk clone and Partition clone wizard.

Create a Portable Windows USB drive – This option ensures that the cloned USB system disk is able to boot normally.

Step 4:В Preview and save the changes and the software will start to clone your system disk.

A hard drive will be completely successful only if it is allocated. Hard drive space allocation means making it ready for data storage purpose. On the hard drive space allocation process the size, label and the file system for data structure purpose will be given to that particular hard drive volume or partition. Different operating systems use different methodologies for allocating the unallocated space in the hard drive. Here a detailed procedure to allocate an unallocated hard drive is provided with the procedural steps.

Powerful recovery software like Remo Recover can restore those kinds of lost data. In addition, using this application one can easily perform SATA hard drive recovery in simple steps. Know more by clicking on given link.

Windows is one of the operating systems that provides an option to allocate an unallocated hard drive space. In Windows, the disk management option is built for this purpose and several other purposes. Here the procedure to allocate the unallocated HDD space. Before that, we need to know about the allocation types. They are as follows

  • Simple – Used commonly for creating new logical drives
  • Stripped – Used for creating drives from by combining space from different volumes
  • Spanned – This type of HDD space allocation distributes and stores the data in scattered mechanism in different drives to ensure security

Steps to allocate an unallocated hard drive:

  • Open the disk management by using control panel option or by right clicking “My computer
  • In control panel the console will be under

System and Security >> Administrative tools >>Computer management >> Disk management

  • If the operating system is Windows vista and password protected on proceeding will ask to type the password. Enter it
  • After entering in to disk management we can see uneven blue and black colored strips over the HDD volumes
  • The blue colored strip indicates space allocated HDD volumes and the black color indicates unallocated or unused space in the hard drive
  • Right click on the unallocated space
  • A list with possible doings will appear. In that select “New simple Volume
  • A window with the default size (total unallocated space) will be displayed in MB’s
  • If necessary alter the size or else proceed with the default size
  • Select the drive letter for the new volume from the available list
  • Ensure formatting option is turned on
  • Choose the file system if supported or else proceed with the default
  • Hit finish to complete the allocation process and wait for it to complete
  • Once completed the new volume will be ready to use

Extreme care should be taken for deploying strip type allocation because if any drive shrunk for space there are chances that the data inside that volume may lose unexpectedly. You should always be aware of how to recover data from portable hard drive without suffering any loss.

Also Read:

  1. [Solved] Hard Drive Shows as Unallocated- How to Fix?
  2. How to Make Use of Wasted Space using Windows 10 Disk Management
  3. Ways to use Unallocated Space on USB Drive
  4. How to merge two partitions?

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Unlike earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows 98, the fdisk command is no longer used to set up partitions. If you’ve installed a new hard drive on a computer that is running Windows or want to change its partitions, use the Windows Disk Management tool. However, if you still prefer a command line interface to set up drives, you can use the diskpart command.

Users may also set up partitions during the Windows installation process. For further assistance with installing Windows, see: How to install the Microsoft Windows operating system.

To set up a new hard drive or partitions in Windows, you must have administrative rights.

  • How to open Disk Management.
  • How to set up a new drive.
  • How to create a partition.
  • Further information on partitions.

How to open Disk Management

Windows 10, 8, and 7

From the Windows desktop, press Windows key , type Create and format hard disk partitions, and then press Enter .

Windows XP and 2000

  1. Click Start, then click Run.
  2. In the Run text field, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter .

How to change a computer hard drive disk

How to set up a new drive

  1. The Windows Disk Management tool should look similar to the image above. Any disks not yet set up are shown as Not Initialized and Unallocated.
  2. Right-click the disk you want to set up select Initialize Disk. If you are dealing with a disk already set up, skip to the next section.

If you’re running a more recent version of Windows that supports GPT, you’ll be prompted to select a Partition Style. For most users, leaving as MBR will be sufficient. If you’re setting up a drive or partition larger than 2 TB or want to use the latest partitioning style, select GPT.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

  1. Click the button.

How to create a partition

If you are unfamiliar with any of the terminologies in the following steps, the next section should be helpful to you.

  1. Once the drive is initialized, right-click it.
  2. Select New Partition or New Simple Volume from the drop-down menu that appears.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

  1. A New Simple Volume Wizard opens. Click the button.
  2. Specify the size of the partition you want to create, and click the button.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

  1. Select a drive letter for your new partition, and click the button.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

  1. Ensure the drive format is NTFS, change the volume’s name (optional), and click the button.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

  1. Click the button, and your new partition appears.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Further information on partitions

Partition or Volume Size – By default, the size is the maximum capacity in MB of the drive. If you want the drive to have multiple partitions, change the size to that which you desire. The remainder of the drive can be allocated later and, if you specify the maximum size, you can also shrink this size at a later time.

Drive letter or Path – Each drive or partition in Windows can be assigned an available drive letter. Most Windows users prefer this setting. However, versions of Windows which support NTFS can also mount a drive to a folder on an existing drive. If you plan on using the drive to store only a specific type of file, such as pictures, music, or programs, this can be especially useful.

Format – The format of the drive specifies the type of file system you want to use on the computer. For most users, we highly recommend leaving it at the default NTFS file system. Other options may include FAT32 or exFAT depending on your version of Windows.

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Corinda Farley bought a new hard drive for her old computer. How does she get Windows, her programs, and her files onto the new drive?

You can’t simply remove your old hard drive, then install a new one, and expect Windows to boot. You need to bring everything, including Windows itself, to the new drive. That’s not a difficult task, but it’s not an intuitive one, either.

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First, you need to connect the new drive to the PC, without losing the old one. If your PC has an extra bay (likely in a desktop, unlikely in a laptop), and you feel comfortable working inside a PC, you can install the new drive as a secondary drive. Just make sure that the BIOS remains set to boot from the old drive.

However, if you don’t have a spare bay, or if you’re not comfortable inside a PC, you can temporarily turn the new drive into an external one. For this, you’ll need either a SATA-USB adapter or a SATA-USB enclosure. Either can be bought for less than $20.

What’s the difference? An enclosure is basically an adapter in a case. It gives you the option of turning an internal drive more or less permanently into an external one. In other words, it provides a use for the old drive when you’re done.

Once you’ve got the connection, you need software that can clone one drive to the other. I recommend EaseUS Todo Backup Free. It’s intuitive. In addition to cloning, it does file and image backups, making it a good all-around tool. And, as the name implies, it’s free.

Once you’ve installed and launched the program, click Clone in the left pane. Then click Disk clone and follow the wizard.

You didn’t buy a bigger drive so you could keep the small partitions. So on the wizard’s last page, before you click Proceed, resize the partitions on the target drive (the new one), taking advantage of the larger space.

Cloning a drive over a USB connection can take hours. After you click Proceed, take a long break. Go for a walk. Take a nap. Watch a movie.

When it’s done, shut down the PC and swap the drives. Then boot it to make sure that everything works. That first boot will be a bit slow as Windows adjusts to the new hardware. After that, it should be smooth sailing.

Keep your data with you

How to change a computer hard drive disk

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What to Know

  • Use an intermediate drive: Clone an image of the old drive to an external drive. Swap the old and new drives and install the clone.
  • Clone the old drive: Connect the new drive to the computer. Use software to make a mirror image of the old drive. Swap the drives.
  • Copy only the data: Install the new drive, install Windows and apps. Connect the old drive to the computer and copy the data.

This article explains three ways to replace your hard drive and move your data and programs to the new one. It includes information on selecting the right replacement hard drive.

How to Mirror Your Old Drive to an External Drive

Replacing the hard drive on your laptop or desktop computer is one of the best upgrades you can make; in particular, it prolongs the useful life of an aging laptop. Upgrading to a larger drive gives you much-needed additional storage space, and you also can gain a big productivity boost from faster hard drive speeds.

If you have an external hard drive lying around or network-attached storage (NAS) device, you don’t need to buy anything besides the new hard drive. Using software such as Acronis True Image or free Clonezilla, you can save an image of your current drive onto your existing external drive.

This software copies or mirrors the drive completely with data, applications, and settings intact. Then, you can physically swap out the old drive in your computer with the new drive, run the cloning software again on the new drive, and install the cloned image you saved from that external drive or NAS.

Copying Directly From the Old Drive to the New Drive

If you don’t want to use an intermediate external hard drive or NAS to copy the data back and forth, you can just connect the new and old drives together using either a simple USB-to-SATA/IDE adapter or cable, a laptop hard drive enclosure (which holds the old hard drive and connects it to your laptop via USB), or a laptop hard drive upgrade kit.

The latter typically includes not just the enclosure and cable, but also software for cloning the old drive to the new one.

In this case, you have two options: cloning the old drive and copying just the data.

Cloning the Old Drive

Connect the new drive to the laptop with the cable.

Use the cloning software to clone the old drive onto the new one.

Swap out the old drive with the new drive.

Copying Just the Data

Install the new drive into the laptop.

Install Windows and your other applications fresh onto the new drive.

Connect the old drive to the laptop using the cable or enclosure, and copy your data folders (e.g., My Documents) to your new drive.

Which Is the Recommended Method?

The preferred method is to swap out the new and old drives, then connect the old drive to the laptop via a USB adapter cable. Then, just copy the folders under Users to the new drive, after installing Windows and the apps fresh.

It takes more time to install the operating system and programs again, but you wind up with a brand new system. Programs such as Ninite and AllMyApps make reinstalling applications very easy when setting up your new laptop or setting up your laptop with your new hard drive.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Choose the Right Replacement Drive

Not all hard drives are the same. If you have an older laptop, for example, the connector for the drive might not work with newer hard drives. Similarly, make sure the drive you buy will fit properly into your laptop or desktop PC bay.

To find out the specifics on what kind of drive you should buy, do a web search for your current drive manufacturer and model to get the size, thickness, and interface (e.g., 2.5-inch, 12.5mm thick SATA drive). Most laptops use 2.5-inch drives, but do check yours to make sure; you’ll find the info on the drive label itself.

Once you’ve purchased the right drive replacement, physically swapping your old drive with the new one is very easy — just a matter of removing a few screws and sliding in the new drive in place of the old one.

If you need to migrate your data or are looking to keep a backup handy, you can clone your hard drive. Here’s how to do it in Windows and on a Mac.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

There are plenty of great services that can back up your files, but sometimes you need something a bit more bulletproof. Maybe you’re migrating your Windows installation to a new drive, or perhaps you want a complete one-to-one copy in case anything goes wrong. In those cases, your best bet is to clone your hard drive, creating an exact copy you can swap in and boot up right away.

Some backup services, like IDrive and Acronis, have built-in disk-cloning features, supplementing to the normal file backup. We’ll be using some free tools designed specifically for drive cloning in this guide, though. If you want a true backup solution with supplemental cloning features, check out one of the paid options. But for one-off clones (like if you’re migrating your OS to a new drive), these tools will be all you need.

Connect Your Secondary Drive

For this process, you’ll obviously need two drives: the source drive (with the data you want to clone), and the destination drive (where you’re cloning that data to). If you have a desktop computer and both drives are installed internally (or you’re just cloning to a USB external drive for backup), great! You’re ready to continue.

If, however, you’re using a laptop with only one drive bay, you’ll need an external SATA-to-USB adapter, dock, or enclosure to connect your bare drive to the computer. Once you’ve connected your drive, you can go through the cloning process, then disconnect it and install the drive internally.

In most cases, your destination drive will probably need to be as large as, or larger than, your source drive. If it isn’t, you’ll need to free up space on your source drive and shrink the main partition down to fit. (You’ll probably only need to do this if you’re migrating from a hard drive to a smaller SSD; we have a separate guide on that process here.)

Windows Users: Clone Your Drive with Macrium Reflect Free

Windows users have lots of great cloning tools available, but we’ll be using Macrium Reflect Free. It’s free, easy to use, and widely loved by many, so it’s hard to go wrong.

To install Macrium Reflect, download the Home Use installer and start it up. It’s just a tiny tool that will download the actual installer for you, based on the type of license you want. Choose the temporary folder for these files—I just put them in my Downloads folder—and click the Download button.

Once it’s finished, it’ll automatically launch the Macrium installation wizard, which you can click right on through—the default options should be fine for our purposes. You can safely delete all the installer files from your Downloads folder once the wizard has finished.

Start Cloning Process

Open Macrium Reflect and you’ll see a detailed list of the disks connected to your computer. You have two main options: you can directly clone one disk to another, or create an image of a disk. Cloning allows you to boot from the second disk, which is great for migrating from one drive to another. Imaging, on the other hand, allows you to store as many full, one-to-one copies of your source disk as the destination’s space will allow, which is useful for backups.

Select the disk you want to copy (making sure to check the leftmost box if your disk has multiple partitions) and click “Clone This Disk” or “Image This Disk.”

Choose Clone Destination

In the next window, choose your destination disk—the one that will house your newly copied data. Note that this will erase all data on the disk, so be careful which one you choose. If there’s any old data on it, you may want to select it and click the “Delete Existing Partitions” button until the drive is empty.

If you’re cloning to a larger drive, you’ll want to click the “Cloned Partition Properties” button at the bottom of this window, and extend your main partition to fill up the entire space of the disk.

Schedule Your Clone

The next page will ask if you want to schedule this clone, which is useful if you want to regularly image your drive for backup purposes. I’ve skipped this, since I’m just doing a one-time clone. On the page after that, you can also save the backup and its schedule as an XML file for safe keeping, but I’ve unchecked that option for the same reason—I’m only doing this once for now.

Boot From Your Cloned Drive

Finally, Macrium Reflect will begin the cloning process. This can take some time depending on the size of your drive, so give it time to do its thing. If you cloned your drive, you should be able to boot from it now by selecting it in your BIOS. If you’re imaging your drive, you can actually keep the second drive connected for future image backups.

Mac Users: Clone Your Drive with SuperDuper

If you’re on a Mac, we recommend SuperDuper for all your cloning needs. It’s free, simple to use, and has been around for years. Download the app, open the DMG file, and double-click on the icon to install. (Don’t drag it to your /Applications folder like you would most Mac apps; double-clicking on it should install it to your computer.)

Once installed, open SuperDuper and you’ll be greeted with its incredibly simple, intuitive interface. In the first menu next to “Copy,” select the source disk you want to clone. In the second menu, select the destination disk you’re cloning to—this will fully erase the drive in that second menu, so make sure there isn’t anything important on it! When you’re ready, click the “Copy Now” button. The process will begin. (Yeah, it’s that easy.)

Finalize Your Drive Clone

This may take a while, but when it’s done, you have two choices. If you want to replace your Mac’s internal drive with the new drive (say, if you’re migrating to a larger drive), you can open up your Mac and swap those now, then boot up as normal.

If you want to boot your cloned drive from USB, you can hold the Option key as your Mac starts up and select it from the boot list. Your cloned drive will be in the exact state your computer was during the cloning process, and you can continue working without skipping a beat.

How to replace your hard drive without losing data? It won’t be a difficult thing if you use AOMEI Backupper which is a professional backup software.

By AOMEI / Last Updated February 21, 2021

Will I lose everything if I replace my hard drive?

When asking how to replace a hard drive, you may be more concerned about how to replace your hard drive without losing data because computers have been a part of our lives to some degree, keeping many different types of important data.

Besides, if it is possible to change a new HDD or upgrade hard drive to SSD without data loss, that means you can avoid reinstalling system as well as various programs. Fortunately, this is not a dream. You will not lose anything if you do the replacement with AOMEI Backupper.

Replace disk without losing data via AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a professional backup and recovery software equipped with a lot of advanced features such as incremental backup, universal restore, etc. Among them, clone should be an ideal choice to replace your hard drive without losing data.

Once the drive has been cloned, just simply remove the existing drive and replace it with the new one. You are allowed to replace larger hard drive with smaller SSD as long as you migrate only used parts.

What’s more, the whole procedure of clone will be quite easy even you’re not a computer expert. Let’s start. In the first place, download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer.

Step 1. Connect the new drive to computer then launch AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2. Click Clone on the main interface and then Disk Clone. Well, if you only need to migrate operating system, you can choose system clone.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Step 3. Select your existing drive as the source disk.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Step 4. Select the destination disk.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Tips: A window will pop up to inform you that data on the destination disk will be overwritten. So if you have important documents there, please back them up first. Click “Yes” to continue.

Step 5. Now comes the operation summary.

How to change a computer hard drive disk

Tips: Before starting clone, there are three more options in the bottom.

It enables you to adjust partition size on the destination disk in advance. While if you’re not sure about that, you can change partition size in Windows 7/8/10 handily whenever you want to via AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Sector by sector clone will copy all sectors no matter they’re used or not. If you are going to clone your hard drive to a smaller disk. Do not tick this option.

Ticking the SSD Alignment box if the destination disk is an SSD, which can improve its reading and writing speed.

Note: this operation will not cause data loss, however, data loss can also be caused by other unexpected factors such as inappropriate operations and battery failure. Therefore, it is highly recommended to backup data before replacing hard drive.

The final step to replace your hard drive without losing data – swap drives. When doing this, make sure that you understand any information regarding your warranty. Any unauthorized work on your system may void the warranty of system manufacturers. Plus, review the safety instructions inside of your system product manuals before working.

Boot up notes: if you’ve cloned the disk with operating system installed, you can boot up Windows from the cloned drive by changing boot priority in BIOS or switching boot drives directly.