By AOMEI / Last Updated September 28, 2020

Why clone Windows installation to SSD?

Nowadays, the new generation computing storage device-solid-state drive (SSD) is replacing the traditional hard disk drive (HDD). For the fast read/write speed and stable, smooth performance, you may want to upgrade your hard drive to SSD.

But when you try to switch a new SSD for your PC, you might feel frustrated for the tedious system reinstallation and file-moving task. Actually, you don’t have to. Now lots of people turn to a very convenient way: cloning Windows to SSD. It helps you to transfer system information and another disk quickly, so you don’t need to reinstall the system.

Next, you can follow this tutorial that will guide you how to perform copying system to an SSD in details.

Freeware for cloning windows to SSD

To migrate OS to solid-state drive, picking up a reliable and powerful cloning tool can save you lots of energy. AOMEI Partition Assistant is one of the best cloning freeware. It is able to move Windows 10, 8, 7 partition and other system-related partitions to an SSD instead of only deleting.

And it is user-friendly software. You can easily finish the process in a few clicks. And also, it can assist you to clone a entire hard drive to another drive if you need. Compared with other tools, it supports clone large hard drive to smaller SSD/HDD, which saves your energy if your SSD is smaller than the original drive.

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How to clone Windows 10/8/7 installation to an SSD?

    ✍Before the process

  • Connect your SSD to your computer or laptop. And you may need a USB-SATA adapter.

  • Ensure the SSD is initialized. And it is supposed to have enough unallocated space to store system.

  • If you need to migrate MBR disk to GPT SSD, GPT to GPT, GPT to MBR, please upgrade to the Professional edition.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, on the Wizard column, click “Migrate OS to SSD”. And click “Next”.

Migrate Os To Ssd

Step 2. Choose unallocated space on the destination solid-state drive. If there is no unallocated space, you can tick “I want to delete all partitions on the disk 2 to migrate system to the disk”.

Select Disk Space

Step 3. Now, you can edit the partition size on the SSD, and give it a drive letter, and click “Next”.

Resize Partition

Step 3. Read the boot note, and click “Finish”.


Then wait for a whole, the system and OS-related data will be moved to the SSD.

boot computer from the SSD

After cloning, you can shut down your computer and put the SSD on the disk bay to change the original hard drive. And on account of capacity of SSD, some people will keep the HDD to store applications and data, you may need to enter BIOS to change the boot priority to the SSD. Here are the steps:

1. Restart your PC, tap the BIOS key to enter BIOS setup.

2. Choose "Boot" tab, and select "Change boot order".

3. Use arrow keys to move the SSD to the first position of the listed drives.


With AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can easily clone Windows installation to an SSD. In addition, if you want to create a portable system, its "Windows To Go Creator" can help you to install Windows to a portable device. Everywhere you go, you run a certain system on a PC.