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The Easiest Way to Move Windows 8 to a Different Hard Drive

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    The question how to move Windows 8 to a different hard drive is often asked on the internet. Let’s see an example: I just bought a 256G SATA solid state hard drive and plan to make it the system disk, so how to migrate my Windows 8 to this disk since I am unwilling to reinstall Windows? Is there any good idea?

    Well then, how to move Windows 8 or other Windows OS to a different hard drive and make the system bootable? Actually, what users need is a piece of free system migrating software. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard is highly recommended due to the following 3 reasons:
    1.It migrates Window OS only rather than the entire system disk to another hard disk, which saves a lot of time.
    2.It will fix and update boot configuration and parameters, not limited to transfer files, which is the key to making migrated Windows bootable.
    3.It is free for 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 users.

    Moreover, to migrate Windows 8 to another hard disk just requires several steps, and next we will show users detailed operating steps.

    Move Windows 8 to a Different Hard Drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard


    Firstly, run this free system migrating software to get its starting interface and choose “Launch Application” to get the window below:

    minitool partition wizard main interface

    In this interface, please choose “Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard” to continue. Note: this feature is just designed to transfer Windows which is running, so dual or multi-boot users should run the corresponding Windows OS. After that, the following interface will appear:

    move windows 8 to a different hard drive select disk to save the copy

    Now please select the target disk to save the copy of Windows and click “Next>”. It is noteworthy that all data saved on the target disk will be destroyed, so please backup important ones in advance.

    move windows 8 to a different hard drive edit partition

    Then, edit partition size/location and click “Next>”. After that, the note which shows how to boot from the target disk will appear, and users need to do as told when the migration is completed. Read this note and click “Finish” to go back to the main window:

    move windows 8 to a different hard drive apply changes

    Now we can preview Windows 8 has been moved to a different hard drive and multiple pending changes emerge on the left pane. At this time please click “Apply” button to apply all these pending changes.

    At last, click “Restart Now” button to do all operations in boot mode since we are migrating a running Windows to another hard disk. Once all operations are completed, our computer will reboot, which shows to move Windows 8 to a different hard drive has been done successfully.

    Note: if users boot Windows 8 from a MBR formatted disk, they need to enter BIOS and set the new disk as the default boot disk.

    Now download this free system migrating software to transfer or backup Windows OS to another hard disk.