No need for clean install
You may prefer to do fresh install than clone hard drive when they want to upgrade to SSD because their SSD is much smaller to hold all data on the HDD. What if there is a way to only transfer OS to from HDD to an SSD? The following will show you how to migrate OS to an Intel SSD with a free OS migration tool.
What you need
1. An Intel SSD of course. This method also applies to other SSDs.
2. A laptop or desktop running Windows 10/8/7. If it is a laptop, you may need a SATA-to-USB adapter to connect the SSD as an external drive. For a desktop, you need a SATA cable and power cable to connect the SSD as a secondary drive.
3. Free OS migration software. It is key to choose the right tool. Here, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is recommended. It will ensure the SSS’s performance and make sure the SSD boots find after the migration.
If your SSD and original HDD have different partition style, say, you want migrate OS from MBR to GPT SSD, this free tool will take care of it. As long as your computer hardware supports UEFI boot, you don’t have to convert GPT to MBR.
How to migrate OS to SSD Intel
This software allows you to migrate OS to a smaller SSD for free, but you need to make sure the SSD is larger than the used space in system drive.
Step 1: Connect SSD to your computer internally or externally. Download and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Step 2: Click “Migrate OS to SSD” from the Wizard menu on the left.
Step 3: Select unallocated space on SSD as the destination location. If there is no unallocated space available, you can delete a partition on the SSD.
Step 4: Then you will see a Resize Partition screen where you can decide the size of system partition to be created. By the way, this freeware also allows you to shrink or extend partition without data loss.
Step 5: Click “Apply” for apply the changes.
When it is done, you can swap the original hard drive with the SSD. You can boot into BIOS to set the SSD as the first boot device.
Note: If the SSD is GPT disk, you need to make sure UEFI mode is enabled before you can boot from the SSD.
Besides the ability to migrate OS to Intel SSD, this tool can also be used to clone hard drive, create Windows to Go disk, and convert dynamic to basic disk without data loss.