Why move Windows 10 to SSD?
To migrate Windows 10 to SSD usually means to move all content on Windows 10 OS drive and system related partition to SSD, so that you can easily use these file to boot from target SSD. When it comes to why you need to copy Windows 10 to SSD, there are two main reasons to be summarized:
To get better performance: Compared with HDDs, SSDs have no moving parts, making SSD quieter and less prone to be damaged. Besides, SSDs provide faster boot speed and shorter application load time. If you need to enjoy the efficiency and convincence of SSD, it is a nice choice to migrate OS to SSD in Windows 10.
To get more disk capacity: It is common to encounter low disk space error message, especially for system partition, which has bad effect on computer performance. To fix this issue, you can migrate Windows 10 to larger SSD. As SSDs are more expensive than HDDS, you can also choose to purchase SSD with smaller capacity and migrate Windows 10 to smaller SSD. Then use SSD for OS and HDD for storage setup.
Clean install or clone SSD?
Whether you need to do fresh install depends on your willingness and software installed status on your hard drive. To be specific, if installed third-party applications separately from system drive, namely C drive, you can backup personal files in C drive and do a clean install on SSD. The installed applications on other drives will not be affected. If installed software together with system programs, clean install takes a much longer time since you need to reinstall all these programs.
In the meantime, all settings, configurations and stored data will be lost. If you would like to keep these data intact and save time, cloning is the easiest way to migrate Windows 10 partition to new SSD.
Best software to migrate Windows 10 to SSD
Many SSDs have built-in data migration software like Samsung Data Migration software. Generally speaking, this type of migration tool does great job. However, it will move everything on old hard drive to new SSD instead of only Windows 10 OS. In that case, a reliable and full-featured migrating program is worry-saving.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free OS migration tool that enables you to transfer Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling system and programs in C drive. It has an easy-to-use wizard, “Migrate OS to SSD”, that can help you complete the migration even if you are a computer novice. Now, download the tool to find out how to move OS drive to SSD in Windows 10 free. Take moving Windows 10 to smaller SSD as an example.
How to migrate Windows 10 to smaller SSD without data loss?
Technically, there are three parts need to be done for an OS migration, preparations before migrating, migrating process and boot-up test work after migrating. Following parts detail these sections.
Before you do:
Connect the SSD to your Windows 10 computer. Normally, desktops have extra disk bay for SSD, yet to transfer Windows 10 to SSD on laptop, you may need an USB-SATA connection cable. Also, make sure SSD has unallocated space which is equal to or larger than the used space of current OS partition. Or you can first create unallocated space before migration.
If SSD is smaller than used space of current system drive, you can backup personal files, videos, music, movies, pictures in particular to other places that won’t be transferred to SSD. Do disk clean at the same time to let Windows 10 fit on the new SSD.
It is necessary to do hard drive partition defragment before you start clone if you plan to transfer Windows 10 to SSD from HDD.
Step-by-step guide to move Windows 10 from HDD to SSD
Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click on “Migrate OS to SSD” in the left pane and click “Next”.
Step 2. Select the unallocated space on SSD as the destination location and then click “Next”.
Step 3. You are able to resize the system partition and change drive at this page. Then a note on how to boot Windows 10 on SSD will pop up. Keep it in mind and click “Finish”.
Step 4. Confirm all operations and now the E: drive is the cloned Windows 10. Then click on “Apply” > “Proceed” to execute the Windows 10 OS migration to SSD.
Note: A reboot is required to complete this operation.
Boot Windows 10 from SSD and format old drive
Till now, the Windows 10 OS has been successfully migrated to SSD. When the migrating completes, disconnect the cloned SSD and shut down your Windows 10 computer. Now it’s time to replace old hard drive with cloned SSD. Be careful during the replace progress, and you may need screwdriver to assist you. If want to keep old disk and boot from SSD, you can change boot priority to SSD in BIOS. However, the first way to recommended for a thorough test.
After migration, the old Windows 10 OS still exists. To free up and make use of that space, you can format C drive if you are satisfied with the new running system. Besides, if backed up data before, you may need to restore files from backup.
Migrate Windows 10 to SSD GPT and UEFI
There is one more question you need to pay attention to. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports migrate Windows 10 OS from MBR disk to MBR disk. If migrate from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT disk, you need to upgrade Standard to Professional edition. It is important that your motherboard supports EFI/UEFI boot mode if migrate Windows 10 to GPT SSD. Otherwise, the cloned SSD may not be able to boot. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard also support convert data GPT disk to MBR, if you need to.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can transfer Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling operating system. Moreover, apart from moving OS only to SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant also provides “Disk Copy Wizard” that can clone entire hard drive to SSD in Windows 10. It offers Partition Copy Wizard that could help you move Windows 10 OEM to SSD as well.