Best SSD Migration Freeware: Migrate to SSD without Reinstalling

When do you need SSD migration tool?

Hard drive upgrading is a not uncommon behavior when dealing with our computers. A small need may result in disk replacing or OS migration. Nowadays, SSDs are great replacements for traditional hard disk drives due to excellent performance and acceptable prices. In that case, some computer users need SSD migration freeware to replace old hard drive with new SSD and the other need this utility to change smaller SSD to larger SSD. Comparing to clean install, SSD cloning software saves time and effort in reinstalling and reconfigure system and applications.

Except for covered normal SSD disk upgrading, there is a situation that may force you to seek another SSD migration tool in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista: cloned SSD not booting. It is true that many factors affect the disk booting after cloning, yet unprofessional cloning tool is one of them. So when every step well-operated and you still failed, it is worth to try another SSD transferring program.

Best SSD migration freeware – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is SSD data migration software free to download and use. In Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, you can easily move everything from source hard drive to target disk with the help of “Disk Copy Wizard” feature. This “Disk Copy Wizard” function provides “Copy Disk Quickly” and “Sector-by-sector Copy” two kinds of copy methods. You can choose any of them based on your own need. It also provides instruction on how to boot from SSD after migration. What’s more, this free SSD migration tool offers extra features that can serve you after SSD migration.

In comparison with Samsung Data Migration Software and Intel SSD migration tool, the dedicated SSD migration software, the biggest advantage of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is that it supports all brands of SSD, such as Kingston SSD, OCZ SSD, SanDisk SSD, Crucial SSD, etc. Such a considerate and powerful cloning program, why don’t you download freely and have a try?

How to migrate to SSD without reinstalling Windows?

Preparations:

1. Connect the target SSD to your computer via external disk enclosure or SATA-to-USB adapter. Make sure the SSD can be detected by Windows.

2. Install AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard on any of aforementioned Windows OS.

3. Screwdriver that will be helpful in replacing old hard drive with cloned SSD.

Now, follow guide below to learn the detailed steps on SSD transferring using free SSD cloning software in Windows 10.

Step 1: start AOMEI Partition Assistant and click “Disk Copy Wizard” in the left pane. In the pop-up interface choose copy method for this migration.

Disk Copy Wizard

  • Copy Disk Quickly: this method will clone used part on source SSD only, and the cloning process takes up less time.

  • Sector-by-sector Copy: it will clone every sector on source SSD including accidently formatted sections. Meanwhile, more time required.

Step 2: select current hard drive as the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Step 3: select SSD as the destination disk.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4: here you have three options in editing partitions on target SSD. You can keep it unchanged or change it to the way you like.

Edit Disk

Step 5: the instruction on how to boot from target SSD will appear later. Then click “Apply”>“Proceed” to commit the operations.

Apply

Step 6: remove cloned SSD first after the migration completes and then shut down the computer. Now it’s time to replace old drive with new cloned SSD manually. You may want to remove battery connection before the replace progress. You need to unbolt screws of laptop back cover or computer case using the prepared screwdrivers. Just Google detailed steps with screenshots on replacing hard drive of your computer if you have no idea. After everything has been done, boot from the cloned SSD.

Tips

  • If migrate from MBR disk to GPT, the system boot mode should be changed to UEFI, otherwise, the SSD may not be able to boot correctly.

  • “Migrate OS to SSD” feature in AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard makes it also an OS to SSD migration software. The Professional edition allows user to migrate OS from MBR (GPT) to GPT disk.

Possible follow-up work of normal SSD migration

After booting from cloned SSD successfully using normal HDD to SSD migration software, there are some other issues you are likely to meet. All following issues can be easily solved by AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Clone SSD resize partition and change drive letter: If clone hard drive to SSD with the “Sector-by-sector Copy” method or other cloning tools that don’t support resizing partitions during the migration, you can change partition size and drive letter with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Unallocated space after cloning: “Sector-by-sector Copy” will also lead to unallocated space generated when clone from small disk to bigger. You can deal with the unallocated space with different purposes. If you cannot make use of the unallocated space, it could be hard drive partition style issue. Change it to the proper one, GPT partition style.

Reformat old hard drive as a secondary: Many source disks can be used to store data after migration. However, the previous system files still exist, so you need to format the system drive to free up disk space. Please do this after cloned SSD works very well.

Conclusion

No matter you want to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD or clone to Intel SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is well-deserved excellent SSD migration freeware. It also can help you clone SSD to HDD on the contrary.