The Most Effective Way to Move Windows 10 from Old Hard Drive to SSD
How Can I Migrate Windows 10 from Old Hard Drive to SSD?
Today Windows 10 has become a rather popular desktop OS for Windows users. However, it requires more advanced computer configurations than its pioneers. Thus, a lot of users choose to migrate Windows 10 to SSD, as it offers better performance than traditional hard drive disk. Here is an example showing that Windows 10 users want to move Windows 10 from old hard drive to SSD:
So hey guys I am looking forward to replace my laptop HDD with a SSD. My laptop is the Toshiba Satellite L70 pro 17.3". I have a basic idea of doing transferring windows 8 to an SSD but apparently it is harder to transfer Windows 10 to a SSD when compared to Windows 8 and 7. So can someone please help me as of how do I do this, I would really appreciate your help
After reading the above question, you know the author is trying to find a way to transfer Windows 10 to SSD. Have you ever encountered the similar issue? And do you know how to migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive? If you are trying to find the best way, then you can never miss out this article.
Further Reading: Difference Between HDD and SSD
An SSD is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD has no moving (mechanical) components, which distinguishes them from HDD. Compared with traditional hard disk, SSD is typically more resistant to physical shock. Besides, it runs silently, requires lower access time, and is energy saving. To get a comprehensive comparison between SSD and HDD, you can refer to SSD vs. HDD: What's the Difference?
Due to the many advantages, many users tend to use SSD to install Windows 10, even though it is much more expensive than HDD based on the same capacity. In this way they can experience smooth Windows 10.
2 Reliable Ways to Migrate Windows 10 to SSD
Generally speaking, migrating Windows 10 to SSD is very easy as long as you use professional tools to help you. In this post, I will tell you 3 reliable ways to move Windows 10 form old hard drive to SSD.
Normally, you can ask third-party partition manager to help you, and I suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to do this job. According to many users, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is rated as the best free backup software for Windows. With its help, you can easily back up Window 10, back up hard drive and single partition. Besides, all work can be finished by a few clicks within a short time. What's more, this free partition magic is compatible with the most popular OS, including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, both 32 bit and 64 bit editions.
Knowing what this thing is, let’s take a look at how MiniTool Partition Wizard performs in moving Windows 10 from old hard drive to SSD.
Solution 1. Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard
First of all, we can use its "Migrate OS to SSD/HD feature", which is able to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD integrally, including the system files, the applications installed in system partition, and the files stored on the desktop.
Before you do:
- Connect SSD to PC via SATA.
- Make sure the SSD is recognized by Windows 10.
- Make sure you have backed up data in SSD in advance because all its data will be deleted.
- Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to your PC.
"Migrate OS to SSD/HD" feature is set to clone the current running OS. Thus, if you have multiple systems, boot from Windows 10 to get ready.
Step 1. Select "Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard"
Run this partition magic to enter its main interface. Then you will see all you hard drives are displayed in the disk map area, and the current system disk is chosen by default. Now select "Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard" from the left action panel.
Step 2. Select SSD as destination disk
Here you need to select the SSD that you just prepared as the destination disk. This will keep Windows 10 on the SSD. Then click "Next" to go on.
Note: only basic disk can be selected as the target disk. Thus, if the disk property of your SSD is dynamic disk, convert dynamic disk to basic disk at first.
Step 3. Choose a copy option
Please choose one of the three copy options and then click "Next" to continue.
- Fit partition to entire disk: the system partition will cover the whole SSD.
- Copy partitions without resize: the system partition will keep its original partition size. This option is available only when the SSD is not smaller than the system partition size.
- Edit partitions on the target disk: you can change partition size at random.
Tip: since the target disk is an SSD, it is suggested to tick "Force to align partitions to 1 MB" to improve SSD performance after Windows 10 migration.
Step 4. Read hit message
This interface shows the instructions on how to boot from destination SSD. After reading, please click "Finish" to go back to the main interface.
Step 5. Confirm Windows 10 migration
You can see what is going to happen on your SSD. Look! All data of Windows 10 will be cloned to the SSD. Now click "Apply" button to execute all pending operations. It won’t take long to migrate Windows 10 from old HDD to SSD.
Note: on MiniTool Partition Wizard, any operation related to system needs a reboot.
Step 6. Boot from SSD
Now shut down computer and enter into BIOS. Then set SSD to the first place in boot sequence. Finally, you can boot from the SSD, and check partition status in MiniTool Partition Wizard to see whether the boot partition is the one that locates in SSD.
For a more intuitive wizard, you can watch this video:
Now you can delete the system partition of the old hard drive, and create new partitions for further use.
Solution 2. Copy Windows 10 hard drive to SSD
In some cases, you may want to clone the whole drive to SSD, because the old hard drive is exhausting service life or you are going to upgrade the system disk anyhow. To transfer all disk data to SSD without losing data, please use "Copy Disk Wizard" of MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 1. Select "Copy Disk Wizard"
After doing the preparatory job mentioned in Solution 1, please enter the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard and choose "Copy Disk Wizard" from the action panel.
Step 2. Skip welcome page
You will see a welcome page of Copy Disk Wizard. Click "Next" to continue.
Step 3. Choose a disk to copy
Here you need to choose your Windows 10 system disk as the source disk to copy. Then click "Next" to continue.
Step 4. Select target disk
On this window, select the SSD you prepared as the target disk and click "Next". Note the SSD should be basic disk and all data on SSD will be cleaned.
Step 5. Choose a copy option
Here you will see the 3 copy options that you have seen during the process of using "Migrate OS to SSD/HD". Choose one of them according to the disk capacity of your SSD and your preference. Here I choose "Fit partitions to entire disk" to go on.
Tip: "Copy Disk Wizard" adopts the sector-by-sector cloning method. Thus, all sectors on the source disk will be cloned to SSD no mater it is used or not.
Step 6. Read hint message
Read the message about how to boot from your SSD and then click "Finish" to go back to the main interface.
Step 7. Apply changes
Finally you can preview what is going to happen on your SSD. If you confirm to do this disk clone, press "Apply" button on the top left corner. Then all operations will be finished under boot mode.
Step 8. Boot from SSD
Now you can shut down your PC, enter BIOS to set computer to boot from SSD, and then all is done. By using this feature, all data on the old hard drive is cloned to the SSD.
See! By using MiniTool Partition Wizard, you have two choices to migrate Windows 10 to SSD. So the bottom line here is, make full use of this free partition magic to clone Windows 10 to new hard drive, you will find it is really user-friendly.
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Why Not Use Windows Backup and Restore
As is known to us, Windows Backup and Restore is a free and reliable solution for Windows 10 backup issues. For average users who are not familiar with backup software, they use this tool often to back up Windows 10. However, this method is not available when it comes to migrating Windows 10 to SSD.
First of all, we have to admit that Windows Backup and Restore is not difficult to handle, and offers schedule backup, which is really convenient, to back up Windows 10. To back up Windows 10, you need to do the followings:
Step 1. Set backup plan on Windows 10
Enter Windows Backup and Restore. Set where do you want to save your backup, what do you want to back up, and customize backup schedule. Please refer to Disk Imaging Software to get the detailed steps.
Step 2. Click Back up now
On the main interface of Backup and Restore, click Back up now to make a system image of your Windows 10. Please wait until it finishes.
By now you have finished Windows 10 system backup, and most of the time, your backup task will go smoothly (sometimes a backup will fail due to a certain reason). The difficulty is that there is no option for you to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling or using other tools. Yes Windows does offer the options like Restore and Restore my files, but through practice you should know the former only can restore system to the source system disk (to cover the original OS), and the latter only helps restore files instead of Windows 10.
In fact, you can also employ other professional system backup software to help move Windows 10 from old hard drive to SSD, they should be much easier to use than using Windows Backup and Restore utility. However, those software all require two steps: back up Windows 10 first, and then restore Windows 10 to SSD. Compared with using MiniTool Partition Wizard, I still think they are not the best choice to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling and restoration.
Here comes to the end of this post. In this article, I mainly talk about the advantages of moving Windows 10 from old hard drive to SSD, and provide you with 3 reliable ways to do this job. By viewing detailed explanations of these methods, you must have your own opinion on which solution is the best one for your case, so just put it into practice. If you have any questions towards using MiniTool Partition Wizard, please leave us comments in the lower part, or send us emails via firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance!