Laptop Failed to Migrate OS from HDD to SSD, Try This Way

Q: I have a laptop which comes with a 500GB internal HDD. Then, I bought a SSD and planned to migrate Windows to the SSD, which is recommended by lots of people. So, I used the “Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard” feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard to transfer the operating system from HDD to SSD. But disappointingly, Windows on SSD is unbootable even if I have installed the SSD in place of the old HDD in laptop. Is there any good suggestion? By the way, the SSD is connected via a USB enclosure.


A: If users want to successfully migrate OS to SSD on laptop, both SSD and HDD had better be connected via SATA (if possible) or SSD is connected via SATA at least. For your situation (only one SATA interface available), please place the new target SSD inside the laptop and connected via SATA, and the old source hard drive is connected via USB enclosure. Then, use MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD to migrate your system.

Migrate OS from HDD to SSD with MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD

In the beginning, users need to boot their laptop from MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD to get the following window.


In the above window, choose the function “Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard” from the left panel. Then, click “Next>” button to continue.

select disk to copy

Next, select the disk where Windows is installed and click “Next>”.

select destination disl

In this window, users need to select the SSD and click “Next>”.

select destination disl

Now, users can review the changes and choose a suitable way to migrate OS and click “Next>” button. Tip: there is an option “Force to align partitions to 1MB” which is checked by default. With checking it, all partitions on SSD will be aligned automatically so that performance can be improved largely.

After that, click “Finish” button to go back to the main interface.

Finally, please click “Apply” button to perform all changes.

Then, you might be able to boot computer from the SSD.

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