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Migrate OS to SSD/HD

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    About "Migrate OS to SSD/HD"

    In today's era, computer hard drive is not only the medium to store and exchange data, it also provides an entertainment way. Users can download good music tracks and movies to the hard drive so as to listen to or watch them whenever they want. As size of files stored on hard drive is increasing, the running speed and responding speed of computer will be greatly affected. Meanwhile, the appearance of SSD offers users a wonderful experience in speed. So to replace the old hard drive with a new SSD or migrate OS to new SSD becomes the first choice of many users to improve computer performance and speed.

    In addition, some large-scale online games are required to download to hard drive. This can easily make the old hard drive run out of space in a short time. The most direct and effective way to deal with this situation is also to replace the old hard drive with a new larger SSD or HD.

    In both cases, if users don’t want to reinstall Windows and programs or don’t want to lose anything, we highly suggest using "Migrate OS to SSD/HD" feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this, which is an easy and safe process.

    Below is a detailed MiniTool Partition Wizard tutorial on OS migrating.

    Note:
    The migrate process with Partition Wizard will destroy all data in your target disk, so you’d better transfer data to another device or make a backup in advance. Yet, it doesn’t have any effect on the data in the original disk.

    How to Migrate OS to SSD/HD

    Step 1: launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface.

    Step 2: click on "Migrate OS to SSD/HD" in toolbar.

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    Step 3: choose a right method to migrate your system disk and click "Next>".

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    To Replace the System Disk
    Firstly, please select the target disk to migrate system disk to and click "Next>".

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    Then, choose a copy option. Alternatively, you can manually edit partition size by inputting exact partition size in MB, GP, or TB.

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    Trick:
    • "Align partitions to 1MB" could help you improve performance for SSD and advanced format disks, so please keep it checked if you are using such devices.
    • Checking "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk" makes it possible to use all space of hard disk larger than 2TB, but UEFI boot should be enabled in BIOS.
    • MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition doesn’t support migrating OS on MBR disk using GUID Partition table for the target disk.
    • If you want to migrate Windows which is installed on a GPT disk, you'll not see the option "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk".

    Next, read a popup note and click "Finish" to continue.

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    At last, click "Apply" button to execute pending operations and tap "Yes" in pop-up prompt window to allow changes.

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    To Migrate Windows Only
    Here, you also need to select the target disk to transfer Windows 10 to and click "Next>"

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    Then, select a copy option and click "Next>"

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    Next, read the boot note and click "Finish".

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    At last, click "Apply" button in toolbar to execute pending operations and tap "Yes" in pop-up prompt window to allow changes.

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