As we know, computers play an indispensible part in our life and work. And more and more users choose to transfer their operating system or programs requiring speed from mechanical hard disk to SSD (solid state drive) to shorten the boot time and enhance the performance of computer. According to recent survey, Samsung SSD and SanDisk SSD are the two most popular solid state drives due to their outstanding performance. Well then, how can we migrate HDD to these 2 types of SSD?
Samsung SSD provides users with a data migration tool to help migrate both operating system (by default) and common data (optional) to SSD. But disappointingly, errors often emerge, and complaints about the program are seen everywhere. For example, someone said their computer freezed during the migration process, and someone said the migrated system is unbootable. As a result, a lot of Samsung SSD users begin to doubt the program and look for other solutions.
However, unlike Samsung SSD, SanDisk SSD does not supply a disk migration tool for their SSD, and users have no choice but to ask for helps when they are going to transfer system or common data.
Considering the situation where Samsung Data Migration often fails to migrate a disk to SSD and SanDisk does not offer a disk migration tool, we suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard (freeware for Windows non-server users), which is proved to work well for lots of SSD users, not limited to Samsung SSD and SandDisk SSD users.
MiniTool Partition Wizard – A Much Better Disk Migration Tool for SSD Users
MiniTool Partition Wizard is a piece of free disk migration software that provides users with 3 options to migrate data to SSD, including:
“Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard”: migrate operating system from HDD or SSD to SSD (boot information and parameters will be fixed and updated, which is one of keys to making system bootable).
“Copy Disk”: clone the entire hard disk and data to SSD (boot information and parameters will be fixed and updated).
“Copy Partition”: clone a partition as well as its data to SSD. Note: It is not suggested that users copy the Windows partition for system migration, because this may create an unbootable Windows.
Users can choose one of features to migrate data in accordance with actual demands. Next, let’s take migrating Windows 10 to SSD for example to show how to use this program.
How to Migrate 10 to SSD with MiniTool Partition Wizard
In the beginning, users need to run this freeware to get its starting interface and choose “Launch Application” to open the main interface shown below. Tip: the “Launch Application” option appears in the free version only. After that, follow instructions to complete OS migration, which is so easy.
Step1: Choose the function “Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard” from the left panel.
Step 2: Select the destination disk (SSD) to migrate OS to and click “Next”.
Step 3: Choose a suitable way to migrate OS, and then click “Next” button to get a boot note shown below. Tip: users are able to edit partition size and location if they choose the third way. In addition, 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.
Step 4: Please read the note and click “Finish” to go back to the main interface.
Step 5: Click “Apply” button on the top to make all changes performed. Tip: since users are migrating Windows OS which is loaded now, MiniTool Partition Wizard will ask them to restart computer, which is to protect system. Please restart your computer by following this prompt, and then all changes will be made in boot mode.
One more thing, to boot from SSD rather tan the original HDD, users need to enter BIOS and then set the SSD as the first boot device, if they are employing Legacy BIOS + MBR boot mode.
Now, to migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD is completed. But if you want to migrate the whole disk to SSD, please see Copy Disk. To migrate a partition to SSD, please see Copy Partition. MiniTool Partition Wizard is worth trying when Samsung’s Data Migration tool cannot help you or you want to migrate disk to SanDisk SSD or other types of SSD.