How to Migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD For Free

July 27, 2017

This article provides a simple and easy-to-follow wizard on how to migrate Windows 7 OS from HDD to SSD. Steps also work on Windows 10/8/8.1/XP.

"I bought an SSD to hold Windows 7 on my PC so that I can speed up the computer, while the only problem is that I have no idea about how to migrate Windows 7 off my current HDD to the new SSD. Please note that I only have the OEM version where the OS can only be installed onto one computer."

The problem is from an internet user, it is a typical question on why migrate OS to SSD in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. By migrating, you can speed up the computer so it would not spend you much time on starting your system. By migrating, you may copy the OS onto any computer. Anyhow, your computer’s performance would be improved by migrating OS to SSD.

Free Software to Migrate Windows 7 to SSD

Commonly, there are two ways to transfer OS to SSD in Windows 7, one is use Windows tool, and the other is use third-party software. Some SSD like Samsung SSD brings its own data migration utility. If you have purchased this brand SSD, you can migrate Windows 7 to Samsung SSD using that tool. I’d like to recommend the easy way with third-party software, which can help you move everything on system drive as well as its related partitions from HDD to SSD without data loss. 

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is a comprehensive and powerful disk migrate program that can be used free of charge. Its built-in “Migrate OS to SSD” feature allows you to transfer data or system drive to a new SSD without reinstalling. TRIM for SSD and partition alignment would be taken care of by this software as well. The software simplifies the process of migrating Windows 7 from HDD to SSD on Windows. With a few clicks of the mouse, you will achieve the target by a comfortable margin.

Step 1: Connect the SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected. Download, install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step 2: Click “Migrate OS to SSD” and read the information.

migrate os to ssd.

Step 3: Select the SSD as the destination disk.

select target disk.

Step 4: You can resize the partition on the destination disk before you move Windows 7 to SSD. Bear the Note that comes next in mind.

resize partition

Step 5: Click “Apply” to execute the operations. It will complete the task in Restart mode.



  • Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista are supported by AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports to transfer Windows 7 to SSD only when the source disk and the destination disk are initialized to MBR partition style. To migrate operating system between MBR and GPT disk,  please upgrade to Professional edition.

How to Migrate Windows 7 to SSD by Other Ways?

It’s easy for users, especially for the newbie, to migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD with AOMEI software. Some People may also try to find other ways, and then we need to refer to the second method.

Way1: Copy Disk

Because Operating System is installed on HDD, you may migrate Windows OS by copying entire HDD to the SSD using Disk Copy Wizard in AOMEI Partition Assistant. This transfers not only the system partitions but also data partitions to SSD. Please note that this method requires the destination SSD is equal to or larger than the used part of HDD. What’s more, to clone Windows 7 HDD to SSD on laptop, you have to pay more attention to the process. 

Way2: Reinstall OS

It’s a little complicated to directly install OS to SSD and copy the data and files to SSD from the original system. It’s time-consuming and complex to reinstall the system and the applications.

Firstly, you need to back up your current drive, and then delete all your personal files if necessary so that your Windows installation can fit on the solid-state drive. After this, you’ll clone your current drive onto the SSD and erase your current drive as required. This operation allows you to move all your folders back to the original hard drive and restore all your personal files from the back up. This is just a brief procedure of migrating Windows from HDD to SSD, but the whole process is genuinely complicated.

By contrast, you’ll find free AOMEI Partition Assistant is such a great assistant in migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD. With a few clicks of the mouse to migrate Windows 7 form HDD to SSD and for free of charge and, it’s really a saver both in time and money.