Two ways to migrate OS to SSD/HDD for free
If you want to transfer operating system (OS) to a new hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) without reinstalling Windows, you can use the Windows built-in backup and restore tool or third party free OS migration software.
Migrate OS with Windows built-in tool
If you want to migrate OS without third-party tool, you can create a system backup and then restore it to the new hard drive or SSD. In Windows 10 or Windows 7, you can create an image backup including all critical volumes. If you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, you can still create a system image.
However, before you do, you need to confirm the following:
1. The destination drive must be equal or large to the hard drive that you backed up.
2. Only NTFS formatted volumes can be protected. You may need to format or convert partition to NTFS file system.
3. The destination drive must have the same partition style (MBR or GPT) as the source drive.
Migrate OS with free 3rd party OS migration tool
If the first way is a little bit complicated for you, you can move operating system to another SSD or HDD drive using third party fre OS migration software like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard’s feature Migrate OS to SSD enables you to operating system and all applications in C drive to another drive, saving you the trouble of reinstallation. if you want to transfer all content on your current hard drive, you can employ its Disk Copy Wizard to clone entire disk.
Now, free download it and see the detailed steps on how to migrate OS to SSD. (Take moving OS to SSD in Windows 7 as an example):
Step 1. Connect the SSD to your computer; install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard; then, click Migrate OS to SSD and read the information.
Step 2. Choose an unallocated space on your target SSD.
Step 3. Here you can adjust the partition on the destination disk. Then, keep the Note in mind.
Step 4. Click Apply and Proceed to commit operation.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard only supports OS migration between MBR and MBR disks. If you need to migrate OS from MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR/GPT, you can employ its Professional version.
After transferring OS and boot from the destination SSD successfully, you can format old C drive on source disk to free up the disk space.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard runs well with Windows platform, including Window 10/8.1/8/7, XP and Vista. If you want to migrate OS to SSD in Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008, you need to use its Server edition. With its assistance, you can migrate OS to new SSD or HDD drive effortlessly. Actually, it is more powerful than that, just download the freeware and have a try by yourself.