How to Migrate OS to SSD or 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, in the definition and stipulation of interface, in function and usage and in 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…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.
Why do you need to migrate OS to SSD or HDD?
SSD has many advantages:
It has s faster reading and writing speed than traditional hard disk.
It minimizes the chance of data loss due to shaking and knock.
It has lower power consumption than traditional hard disk.
There is no noise when it works.
It can work under a large range of temperature (most from -10 to 70℃) than tradition disk (5 to 55 ℃).
It is lightweight and is easy to carry.
Since SSD provides a faster processing speed over regular hard drives, it is a better choice to set SSD as system disk to get better performance and decrease boot time. However, if you want to run your original system and programs on a new drive, what should you do?
You get a new hard drive whose size is large than 2TB and which needs to be initialized as GPT style so as to it can be made fully use. Then, if you want to replace it with the current small system disk which is in MBR style, what should you do?
AOMEI Partition Assistant 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 without reinstalling Windows operating system and applications and it supports MBR and GPT disks. With this software, you do not need to worry about the problems mentioned above anymore. Just put them all to partition assistant. It will solve them all by easy operations and will satisfy you greatly.
Before you do
If you would like to migrate OS from MBR disk to GPT disk, make sure your motherboard supports EFI or UEFI boot.
Step by step guide to migrate OS
Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. It will display your disk partition information on the main interface. Then, click "Migrate OS to SSD or HDD" on the left side under Wizards column. In the pop-up window, click "Next" to continue.
Step2. In the next window, select a partition or an unallocated space on the destination disk (SSD or HDD), and then click "Next".
Step3. In this window, you could modify the information (including size, location, and drive letter) of the partition on new disk, of course, you can keep default settings.
Step4. After setting up all the information, click "Next" to read the note about "Boot Operating System".
Step5. Click "Finish" back to the main interface where you can preview changes. To save the changes, click "Apply" button to commit the "Pending Operations".
This operation involves the system partition, so the operation will be completed under the PreOS Mode
If you migrate OS between MBR and GPT disks, please enter BIOS and change boot setting (about boot setting, please check your motherboard or computer manual) when OS migration is completed.