Why install Windows 10 onto SSD?
It is well known that Solid State Drives (SSDs) are much faster than Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). But speed is not the only advantage. Because there are no moving parts inside an SSD drive, they are quieter when running, and less likely to get damaged in laptops when you carry it around. If you are suffering from slow boot time on HDD or always using a laptop for work, you can reinstall Windows 10 to SSD.
How to clean install Windows 10/8/7 OS to SSD drive?
In many causes, users want to install Windows 10/8/7 to SSD drives. But how to do it specifically? The most traditional way is to perform a clean Windows installation on SSD using operating system installation disc. Below is the detailed steps for this method.
Before you do:
Back up all of your important information via data backup software (AOMEI Backupper) in advance since this method will remove the your important files, settings and applications and give you a clean install of Windows 10.
Steps to clean install Windows 10 to SSD:
Step 1. Download and use Microsoft Media Creation Tool to make the installation media.
Note: When asked during the installation media, accept Microsoft software license terms and then select "Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC" before you click “Next” and follow the guides to finish creating Windows 10 installation media.
Step 2. Plug the installation disk into your computer. Shut down your computer, open its case, remove the old hard disk, and insert the SSD into the drive bay.
Step 3. Turn on your computer and press a specific key to boot into BIOS and modify the boot order to make your computer boot from the installation disk.
Step 4. When loaded, you need to verify “language to install”, “time and currency format”, and “keyboard or input method”. Then click “Next”> “Install now”.
Step 5. In this window, you will be asked to input the license key, type one, or skip it by clicking "I don't have a product key" and activate it after Windows install completes.
Step 6. When asked “Which type of installation do you want?”, choose “Custom: install Windows only (advanced).”
Step 7. In this screen. select your SSD which you plan to reinstall Windows 10 onto and click “Next”. Then Windows will start the installation process automatically.
An alternative to install Windows 10 to SSD (Not Require Installation CD)
From the steps above, we can know that it is a very complex process: create installation disc first and then perform a clean install on SSD. So here offers you an alternative way to reinstall Windows 10 on SSD: Directly migrating Windows drive to SSD drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Besides, this software allows you to clone old hard disk onto the new one. Here we will focus on migrating OS partition to SSD in detail.
Before you proceed:
You can make backup system for a quick and easy recovery in case that the OS migration is interrupted by power failure and other uncontrollable issues, which would result in data loss.
Make sure the SSD drive has an unallocated space, which is equal and larger than the used space of the original system drive. If there is not, you can create unallocated space first.
If you plan to migrate OS drive from MBR disks to GPT SSD, you need to ensure your motherboard supports UEFI boot mode. That’s because you will be required to change boot mode to upgrade Legacy BIOS to UEFI after migration to ensure a smooth system start.
Steps to migrate Windows 10 partition to SSD drive:
Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro in your Windows 10 computer. Click “Migrate OS to SSD” in the left panel and click “Next”.
Step 2. Here, you need to choose an unallocated space on the SSD drive and click “Next” to continue.
Step 3. In this window, you are allowed to resize partition or specify the location of the partition created on the SSD drive. Then, click “Next”.
Step 4. Here is a brief note on how to boot OS from SSD or HDD after migration, read it and then click “Finish”.
Step 5. In the main interface, click “Apply” to commit the pending operation.
After migrating Windows 10 to SSD, you need to restart your computer, enter BIOS setup, change boot order to boot computer from destination SSD drive.
Reinstalling Windows 10 to SSD is not a bad choice. But if you are unwilling to suffer the troublesome process, I advise you to migrate only Windows drive to SSD via AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, which will save you much time and effort.
Besides, this versatile software can also allow you to extend system partition, securely and completely erase SSD drive, converting system disk between MBR and GPT style without deleting partitions, wipe system disk and more