Here are two common questions arising for migrating windows: Can I transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive? How to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling? Yes, you can easily migrate Windows 10 to a new disk (SSD) without reinstalling the operating system. In this post, you will be shown the best SSD cloning methods and software for Windows 10.
It must be noted here that by migrating Windows 10 to SSD we mean to move all content on Windows 10 OS drive and system-related partition to SSD. Before getting started let us understand why there is a need to migrate Windows to SSD.
Why Transfer Windows 10 To SSD?
The first and most important reason is to get better performance. SSDs are like fuel to the engine. SSDs can decrease boot time and can load heavy software in less time. For those who need the speed and convenience of an SSD, they can think to migrate Windows 10 to a new drive. But if you are just running out of memory and want to increase storage, migrating windows 10 to SSD may not be the most effective solution for you.
You should also shift your Windows 10 to SSD if you running low on disk space due to bad system partition. Keep in mind that SSDs are more expensive than HDDs so it will be an intelligent choice to purchase and use an SSD for storing OS and HDD for data storage purposes.
Why SSD Is Preferred As An OS Disk?
If your computer is struggling to load heavy software or you want to speed up working of your system, migrating Windows 10 to a solid-state drive (SSD) is the surest way. Why?
It is because of the advantages of SSD over HDD, for example, it doesn’t have noise and moving parts, it is less likely to get damaged. Above all, HDD can’t level the read-write speed of SSD. To boost up your PC or laptop, using an SSD as an OS disk will be a sure shot way.
Ways To Migrate Windows 10 To SSD
There are many ways through which you can migrate Windows 10 to SSD. Let us discuss with you some of the best methods to move Windows 10 to SSD.
1. Steps To Migrate Windows Using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
Install and open the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
- Select the “Migrate OS to SSD” present in the “wizard” section on the left side.
- A wizard will open click “Next”.
- Select the unallocated space on SSD as the destination location and then click “Next”.
- You can resize the system partition and change drive on this page. Then a note will pop up, ignore it and click “Finish”.
- Confirm all operations and now the E: drive is the cloned Windows 10. Then follow “Apply” > “Proceed” to complete the Windows 10 operating system’s migration process.
Reboot your system to make the changes effective.
2. Transfer Windows 10 To SSD Using AOMEI Backupper
In this method, we will use the AOMEI software to move our OS to SSD.
- To get started, you need to download and install the AOMEI Backupper to your PC or Laptop.
- Then connect your hard drive to your computer.
- Open AOMEI Backupperand and follow Clone > System Clone to start the process.
- A new window asking you where you want to move the OS files will pop up. Select your SSD and confirm your choice.
- Hit ‘Next’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
It’s as simple as that.
3. Migrate Windows 10 To SSD Using EaseUS Todo
- Install and start EaseUS Todo backup.
- Select ‘Clone’ from the left sidebar.
- Now select ‘Disk Clone’.
- Choose disk with Windows 10 installed on as the source and your SSD as the target.
- Check the Optimize for SSD box (This step is not mandatory to carry forward the process, however, we would advise you to check this option as doing this will ensure that your partitioned disk is correctly ‘formatted’ for the SSD).
- Click Next.
- This software will start migrating your Windows.
You can also check ‘Shut down the computer’ it will shut down your laptop after completion of the transfer.
Note:- A common and probable error that could arise is an error message saying you that your drive is too big. In that case, just delete more files from your HDD.
After the successful completion of the migration process, you will need to wipe Windows 10 from the original drive.
To clean your original drive and create space, do the following:
- Open This PC.
- Find your original OS drive and right-click on it.
- Click on ‘Format.
- Now, wait until the process is completed.
4. Migrate Windows 10 To SSD Using MiniTool Partition Wizard
Step 1: To begin the process, prepare an SSD into which you want to move the OS. Connect it to your PC and launch the MiniTool Partition Wizard.
In the main menu of MiniTool Partition Wizard, you will see a list of the hard drives installed on your PC. Select ‘Migrate OS to SSD/HD’option from the menu on the left side to migrate Windows 10 to SSD.
Step 2: In MiniTool Partition Wizard, there are two modes to transfer OS to SSD. We have discussed both the methods below. Just choose one according to your need and ease to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling and data loss.
Method A: I would like to replace my system disk with another hard disk: Choose this mode if you want to replace System disk with SSD.
Method B: I would like to my operation system to another hard disk. And keep the original disk on my computer: Choose this mode if you only want to transfer Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling your system.
Step 3: Select the destination SSD where you want to move your Windows.
Important Note: All the data in the destination disk will be deleted during the migration process so please make sure the disk doesn’t contain important files/documents.
Step 4: After successful completion of step 3, a dialog box like this will appear on your screen.
- Choose a copy mode: Fit partitions to the entire disk or Copy partitions without resizing.
- Check Align partitions to 1MB (Checking this could improve performance for advanced format disk & SSD).
- Moreover, If you want to use GPT as the partition style of your SSD, please check Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk.
Step 5: A note carrying the instructions on how to boot from the target disk will appear on your screen. We would advise you to read the note carefully
Step 6: Finish the transfer process by clicking on the Apply button.
So, these were our best methods to transfer Windows 10 to SSD. We hope that till now you have successfully migrated Windows 10 to your SSD drive. Let us know through the comment section that which of the following method you used to complete the task.
Also, do let us know if you are still having any problem with migrating Windows to SDD, our team will try to solve your problems as soon as possible.