How to Migrate Windows 10 to New Hard Drive Free?

April 2, 2018

Here you can learn the benefits of migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive, the choose about SSD or HDD and how to migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive.

Why you want to migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive?

If you are struggling to open large files on your system or run various applications at the same time, but your operating system reads too slowly. Then, it is the time to upgrade your computer from old hard drives to solid-state drives (SSD) or new hard disk drive(HDD). This will help you speed up things, and at the same time, you can also enjoy benefits. If you change a new disk, there is no operating system on the new disk, and the computer will not boot. So, you need to install an operating system to the new disk. But it will cost a lot of time to install the system. And migrate the system from the old HDD to the new HDD or SSD and replace the old HDD with a new SSD or HDD can be relatively spend less of your time. Meanwhile, you don’t need to install the system after the migration, and you can start your computer directly from the new disk too.

Which one should I choose to migrate Windows 10 to? An SSD or HDD?

First of all, people have to decide between getting either a SSD or HDD as the storage component. So which of the two is the better choice, an SSD or HDD? There’s no straight-forward answer to this question. Each buyer has different needs and you have to evaluate the decision based on those needs, budget of course your preferences. So, you need to understand what is SSD or what is HDD at first.

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 stipulation of interface, in function and usage and in appearance and size.

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.

Difference between SSD and HDD:


SSD(Solid State Drive)

HDD(Hard Disk Drive)

Power Draw/Battery Life

Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost

More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery


Expensive, roughly $0.50 per gigabyte (based on buying a 1TB drive)

Only around $0.15 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)


Typically not larger than 512GB for notebook size drives; 1TB max for desktops

Typically around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 4TB max for desktops

Operating System Boot Time

Around 22 seconds average bootup time

Around 40 seconds average bootup time


There are no moving parts and as such no sound

Audible clicks and spinning can be heard


No vibration as there are no moving parts

The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration

Heat Produced

Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced

HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw

File Copy / Write Speed

Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives

The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s

File Opening Speed

Up to 30% faster than HDD

Slower than SSD

Magnetism Affected?

An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism

Magnets can erase data

Scope of application

Applicable to indoor, no change in temperature, no shock and vibration equipment. It is widely used in military, IT industry,aviation and many other fields.

Applicable to outdoor, low temperature, high temperature, shipborne, automotive, airborne products, firewalls, robots, portable devices, military, etc. It is suitable for home use.

After read this, you can choose the hard drive that suits your needs. Whatever hard drive you choose, AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you to migrate Windows 10 to your new hard drive free.

How to migrate windows 10 to SSD/HDD?

To transfer Windows 10 to new hard drive like an HDD or SSD can be easy and fast if with the help of proficient Windows 10 migration software. Therefore, here comes the necessity of using a Windows 10 OS, files and programs free clone software. And AOMEI Partition Assistant is what we recommend, with which people are allowed to transfer Windows 10 from one place to another HDD or SSD free without any data lose.

If you buy a new computer and need to install the operating system, AOMEI Partition Assistant also allows you to migrate operating system to new hard drive free without reinstalling everything.

specific steps:

please download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant first.

Step1. install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Your partition information will be displayed on the main interface. Then, click ”Migrate OS to SSD” on the left side under the Wizards column. In the pop-up window, click ”Next” to continue.

Migrate Win 10 to SSD

Step2. 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

Tips. if you're planning to migrate Windows 10 to a hard drive with partitions on, the progress will delete all partitions in the disk.

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.

Resize Partition

Step4. After setting up all the information, click “Next” to read the note about “Boot Operating System”. And then click “Finish” back to the main interface where you can preview changes.

Boot Operating System

Step5. To save the changes, click “Apply” button to commit the “Pending Operations”.

Pending Operations

Follow these simple steps, you can migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive free very easily. Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant can migrate your operating system from MBR disk to GPT disk free too. If you want to migrate Windows 10 from GTP disk to MBR disk, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Note. Make sure your motherboard supports EFI or UEFI boot, if you would like to migrate Win10 from MBR disk to GPT disk.