Why clone Windows system to SSD drive?
If your Windows system has installed on the mechanical hard disk drive (HDD), and the computer is struggling to load some large files or run many applications simultaneously, you can upgrade computer HDD with SSD to speed some things up a little because the data read-write speed of SSD is much faster than HDD.
To use SSD as an OS disk, you can clean reinstall Windows onto SSD, but you will need to back up all personal files, add the new SSD drive, reinstall OS and other programs on it and set everything to the way it was. It is time-consuming and troublesome!
If you wouldn’t like to make a fresh OS installation on SSD, you can directly clone the already installed Windows system to SSD without reinstalling everything from scratch.
Recommended software to clone Windows 10/8/7 OS to SSD
How to transfer or move Windows system to SSD? Actually, it will be an easy task as long as a professional OS cloning utility is chosen to help. In the software market, countless cloning software is available. Here we will show you a highly-recommended OS cloning tool for Windows 10/8/7 (64 bit and 32 bit)-AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.
This software can help you clone the Windows system drive or the entire system disk to SSD drive within simple steps. Moreover, the cloned SSD will be bootable as well after the cloning process. Moreover, it also comes with the below highlights you might care:
Supports aligning SSD partitions, which can help optimize SSD performance further.
Supports moving Windows system between MBR and GPT partition table SSD or HDD.
Supports resizing partition in the process of moving Windows operating system to SSD drive.
Supports cloning larger Windows system drive or disk to smaller SSD drive as long as the target SSD has enough space to hold the used sectors of the OS drive or disk.
In a word, if you need to copy Windows system drive or disk to Solid State Drive, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a great choice.
Steps to clone Windows system to SSD and boot from it successfully
Now, back to the most important point-how to transfer operating system to SSD in Windows 10/8/7? This part will illustrate what to prepare before cloning, how to clone operating system to SSD as well as booting from it. Just keep reading.
Step 1. Preliminary work
Here are a few steps to take just before performing Windows 10/8/7 system clone to SSD.
1. Back up your system in advance just in case something uncontrollable occurs during the process such as power outage.
2. Move everything important on the SSD drive to another location since the Windows system clone will erase all contents on it.
3. Shrink your system drive or disk to make it as small as possible and better fit on the SSD since SSD drives usually have less space than HDDs.
4. Connect the SSD drive to your computer and make sure it is detected successfully.
►If you are using desktop, you need to open the case and hook up the SSD to motherboard.
►If your computer is a laptop, you have to connect SSD via USB port and the SSD should be put in a USB adapter.
Step 2. Start cloning Windows system to SSD
As we mentioned above, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional allows you to clone Windows system partition, as well as clone entire system disk to SSD. So here we will demonstrate those two different methods in detail. You can choose one according to your requirements.
✍To clone only Windows system partition to SSD, try “Migrate OS to SSD” Wizard.
1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Choose “Migrate OS to SSD” in the left panel and click “Next” in the pop-out window.
2. Choose an unallocated space on the SSD drive. If there are partitions on it, tick "I want to delete all partitions..." to generate unallocated space and click “Next”.
3. In this window, you can resize partition as you need, then click “Next”.
4. A note on how to boot from the destination disk will appear, read it carefully and click “Finish”.
5. Click “Apply” to commit the Windows 10/8/7 system clone to SSD operation.
✍To clone entire Windows system disk to SSD, try “Disk Clone Wizard”.
1. In the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click “All Tools” and then “Disk Clone Wizard” in the left side.
2. Select a copying method as you need from “"Clone Disk Quickly" and "Sector-by-Sector Clone". Here we select “Clone Disk Quickly” as an example.
►“Clone Disk Quickly” only copies the used sectors to destination location, allowing the target disk smaller than the total size of source disk.
►“Sector-by-Sector Clone” will copy all sectors to the target disk, so the destination disk must be equal to or larger than the source disk.
3. Select the Windows system disk as the source disk and hit on “Next”.
4. Then select the SSD drive as the destination disk and click “Next”.
5. Now, you can also resize partition just being created on SSD drive.
6. Read the subsequent boot note, click “Finish” and then click “Apply” to execute the pending operation.
Step 3. Boot from the cloned SSD drive
After you have cloned Windows system to SSD drive successfully in the step 2, now you need to change the boot order in BIOS menu to boot Windows 10/8/7 from SSD.
1. Restart computer and constantly press F2 key (or other keys like Del, F8, F12) to access the BIOS menu.
2. Use the arrow key to select the Boot tab. System devices will appear in order of priority.
3. To give the cloned SSD a boot priority over other hard drives, move it to the first position in the list.
4. Save the changes and exit the BIOS setup utility. The computer will restart from the SSD successfully.
Further tip: If you are cloning Windows system drive or disk from MBR to GPT, or GPT to MBR disk, you will also need to change BIOS boot mode to UEFI, or UEFI to BIOS.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can easily clone Windows system to SSD and then successfully boot from the cloned SSD drive. Besides, if you want to copy Windows system to USB as a portable Windows device to take everywhere, its “Windows To Go Creator” can satisfy you best.
To clone Windows Server operating system drive or disk to another HDD/SSD, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.