When compared to previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 has improved its Booting time. But, to improve the booting time and the overall performance of the system even more, you have to move it from a regular HDD to a new SSD. But the question is, Can we move the Wi9ndows to SSD without losing the data?
Yes, we can! There are quite a few methods to transfer your system data from the current HDD to a new SSD. You can do this by simply installing the Windows on your SSD drive, but will lose all your data, and you’ll have to install all your programs once again. This takes even more time.
In this article, let us learn about two different ways to migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD drive without losing any of your data.
How To Migrate Windows 10 To An SSD Without Reinstalling It?
There are two best and easy ways to move your Windows 10 to an SSD drive without reinstalling it. They are listed below.
- Using The Tool EaseUS Todo Backup.
- Using AOMEI Backupper Standard.
Before getting started, back up all your data as if something goes wrong, you might not be able to get it back. Along with backing up your drive, you also need to shrink your disk space, copy your system partition to the SSD and format the system partition on your HDD. After backing up, its time to get rid of all the unnecessary data as the SSD drive have much less space than regular hard disks. Let us get started…
1. Using The Tool EaseUS Todo Backup
One of the easiest ways to migrate your Windows to a new SSD drive for a better performance of the system is using a third-party tool called EaseUs Todo Backup. But first, you need to make sure that you defragmented the data in your system hard drive. Follow the given steps to move the Windows to SSD using EaseUs Todo Backup.
Step 1: Download the software EaseUs Todo Backup.
Step 2: Open EaseUS Todo backup and from the left sidebar, choose Clone.
Step 3: Now click on Disk Clone.
Step 4: Choose your current hard drive with Windows 10 installed on as the source. Also choose your SSD as the target.
Step 5: Check the Optimize for SSD box which assures that your partition is correctly ‘formatted’ for the SSD and click Next.
Step 6: EaseUS will begin copying your disk. You can check Shut down the computer when the operation completed. And also your computer will turn off when the transfer is done.
The only error that might happen when moving is the occurrence of the error message which tells you that your drive is too big. If that is the case, then you should delete some more files from the drive and try again.
If the move is completed without any errors, then your Windows is successfully moved to SSD drive. Now all you need to do is to get rid of the HDD partition with Windows 10 on it.
For wiping out the original drive, you need to follow the below-given step-by-step procedure.
Step 1: Open This PC and find your system drive. Right-click on it.
Step 2: Now, click on Format.
Step 3: You have to wait until the process gets finished.
Now, your Windows 10 successfully moved to your SSD drive. The last thing you have to do is to restore your personal files and user folders. As your SSD drive will not have enough space, you need to restore them to your old, formatted HDD drive. To do that follow the given steps.
Step 1: First, you need to open your old drive and then you need to create a new folder. Store all your user folders and personal files there.
Step 2: Now go to C:\Users\<your username>. You will be able to see all your user folders there.
Step 3: Right-click on each one and go to Properties. Now go to the Location tab.
Step 4: Click on the Move button. Choose your newly created folder as the target. You should place all your user folders, like Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Music, etc. in your old HDD Drive.
step 5: Now finally to restore the data to the old HDD drive, you need to open your backup and now drag all your user files to your new “My Documents,” “My Music,” and other user folders.
2. Using AOMEI Backupper Standard
Another way to move your Windows 10 to the new SSD drive is to use AOMEI Backupper Standard. Follow the given steps to move the OS to the SSD drive.
Step 1: Download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard to your machine.
Step 2: You need to connect your hard drive to your computer and then go to Clone. Now click on System Clone to launch the process.
Step 3: Your machine now displays a new window which asks you where you want to move the OS files. So, select your SSD. Confirm your choice.
Step 4: Now click on the ‘Next’ button. Then to complete the process, follow the on-screen instructions.
The above discussed two methods are the best, quick and easy ways that we came up with to move your Windows 10 to SSD drive. So, if have any doubts regarding these methods, please do drop them in the comments section provided below. We will get back to you with the best of our knowledge as soon as possible. Hope you moved your Windows to your SSD drive successfully.