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
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.
Before you try to migrate OS without third-party tool, 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.
Compared to fresh installing OS to new drive, this process may sounds a little complicated. Is there any other way to solve the problems? Absolutely, third-party software would be a great choice. Of all free OS migration software, AOMEI Partition Assistant could be a perfect one.
Migrate OS with free OS migration software
The second way to migrate OS is with the assistance of free OS migration software. AOMEI Partition Assistant makes up some of the shortages which are possessed by Windows built-in utilities. Let’s get it started, launch AOMEI Partition Assistant and you’ll see the "Migrate OS to SSD" on the upper left side.
Click it and a "Migrate OS to SSD" window will pop-up showing you the wizard. It’s easy to operate so you can migrate OS with a few clicks of the mouse. The picture below is the screenshot for AOMEI Partition Assistant. Free download and have a try.
If you intend to clone entire hard drive to a new drive, you can use the Disk Copy feature. With free OS migration software’s help, you can easily migrate OS to a new SSD.
AOMEI Partition Assistant runs well with Windows platform, including Windows server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012(R2), and 2016 etc. With its assistance, you can migrate OS for free of charge as well as prevent from data loss and reinstall the OS. It simplifies the process migration and keeps the security of all your data and files.
By comparison, migrate OS without third-party software is complex for some people, but AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good alternative for all users. Actually, it is more powerful than that, just download the freeware and have a try by yourself.