How to Migrate OS to SSD or HDD with AOMEI Partition Assistant?

January 31, 2019

Here comes an ultimate guide to migrate Windows 10/8/7 operating system to HDD or SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant, which allows you to easily transfer/move OS to SSD/HDD without reinstallation.

About SSD & HDD

  • SSD - Solid State Drive: A kind of hard disk which is made by solid state electronic storage chip and consists of control unit (flash chip) and storage unit (DRAM - Dynamic Random Access Memory chip). It is the same as common hard disk in many aspects, like definition, stipulation of interface, function, usage, appearance and size. It is widely used in military, IT industry, aviation and many other fields.

  • HDD - Hard Disk Drive: It is the most basic computer storage. Usually, the local disk containing C, D and F drives in computer are all hard disk drives. The capacity of common disk can be 80G, 160G, 750G, 1TB, 2TB…. Divided by the volume, there are PATA, SATA, SCSI…. Among those, PATA is with a large capacity but a low price, so it is suitable for home use. SCSI has a comparatively small capacity and is expensive, but it is with good performance and higher stability, so it is usually applied in high-tech field.

To learn more about those two different disks, refer to SSD vs HDD.

Benefits of migrating OS to SSD

After moving OS to SSD via a reliable migrate system wizard, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Experience a faster processing speed in reading and writing over regular hard drives.

  • Get a decreased boot time and you can boot your computer much faster.

  • Avoid the risk of data loss caused by shaking the knocking the drive unintentionally since SSD does not have moving parts.

  • Enjoy a relatively quiet working environment since SSD won’t generate noise when it works.

With so many benefits, many users choose to migrate operating system to SSD. However, how to migrate OS to a new SSD drive? Or you get a new hard drive whose size is large than 2TB and you initialize it as GPT style so as to make fullest use of it. Then, if you want to replace your current small system disk which is in MBR style with the new SSD, what should you do?

How to migrate OS to SSD or another HDD easily?

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional brings a new function named "Migrate OS to SSD or HDD Wizard", which is especially designed for users who want to quickly migrate operating system from old hard drive to a new one or SSD but don’t want to reinstall everything. Most importantly, this software even supports migrating Windows operating systems between both MBR and GPT disks. 

Step by step guide on moving OS to SSD

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. It will display your disk partition information on the main interface. Then, click "Migrate OS to SSD" on the left side under Wizards column. In the pop-up window, click "Next" to continue.

Migrate OS to SSD
Step 2. In the next window, select a partition or an unallocated space on the destination disk (SSD or HDD), and then click "Next".
Select Disk Space
Step 3. In this window, you could resize partition and modify other information (including location, and drive letter) of the partition on new disk, of course, you can also keep default settings.

Resize Partition

Step 4. After setting up all the information, click "Next" to read the note about "Boot Operating System".
Step 5. Click "Finish" back to the main interface where you can preview changes. To save the changes, click "Apply" button to commit the "Pending Operations".
  • If you would like to migrate OS from MBR disk to GPT disk, make sure your motherboard supports EFI or UEFI boot and you need to enter BIOS to change boot setting. Otherwise, you might meet “Windows fails to start” issue.

  • This operation involves the system partition, so it will be completed under the PreOS Mode.