Since installing Windows on solid state disk will quicken computer running speed and data read-write speed to a large extent, many users plan to migrate their OS from HD to SSD but do not know how to do it. Therefore, we take free imaging Windows 8 to SSD for example in this post.
Recently, the most commonly used way is to clone the entire system disk to SSD by using disk clone software. Nevertheless, capacity of SSD is always much smaller than that of mechanical hard disk, which often results in image failure. At this time, some users think of cloning boot partition and system partition only, but unfortunately most cloning programs do not provide protection to boot files during copying partition. As a result, Windows imaged to SSD can not boot.
Considering this situation, we suggest using free system cloning software to image Windows 8 to SSD, and MiniTool Partition Wizard is a good choice. It clones system partition and boot partition from one disk to another disk with fixing boot information, and specific prompts will be given in every step. Next, let’s see detailed steps.
Note: Partition Wizard will migrate the Windows OS which is running to SSD or HD. If users want to image other Windows, please run the corresponding system.
How to Free Image Windows 8 to SSD with MiniTool Partition Wizard
Firstly, download and install the free system cloning software to computer and run it to get the loading interface where users need to click “Launch Application” module to get the following interface:
Now please choose the function “Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard” from the left action panel or from the drop-down list of “Wizard” item on the top.
Then, choose the SSD to save the image of OS and click “Next>”. Note: all data saved on the SSD will be destroyed, so please backup significant ones in advance.
Here please choose a copy method from 3 and click “Next>”. If users choose the first one, system partition and boot partition will be enlarged to take up all space of the SSD. If they choose the second one, partitions will be cloned without changing size. If they choose the third one, it is possible to edit partition size and location according to actual demands. After that, a boot note will pop up:
It shows how to boot from the destination disk. Please read it carefully and click “Finish” to go back to the main interface:
Now we can see free imaging Windows 8 to SSD contains 12 pending operations, including operations to update boot configuration/parameters and modify boot.ini. That is to say boot information will be fixed automatically during this process so that Windows on the target disk can be bootable. At last, please click “Apply” button on the top to apply all these pending operations.
Note: since we are cloning the OS which is running, the free system cloning software will ask us to restart computer, which is to protect data.
When all operations are completed in boot mode, users need to make the SSD as the default boot disk in BIOS setting. And this is the end of free imaging Windows 8 to SSD. If users also need to migrate OS to SSD or HD, try taking this solution.