By Michael / Last Updated March 15, 2022

 

Hey, does anyone know how to move files from one hard drive to another? My system drive is nearly full and the system became rather slow. So, I bought another one. How to transfer all the data to the new one? Help!

 

Why move files from one hard drive to another?

Why should we move files from one hard drive to another Windows 10? If you are running your computer on a small hard drive, then, it can run out of storage space quickly. If it’s a system drive, low storage space can cause many problems including constant crashes, slow running speed, and low disk space warning. In this case, you’d better move your files from the small hard drive to a larger one; or sometimes, for safety’s sake, you consider moving files from the system drive to a data drive in case of virus attack and other system errors which may cause data loss or make you unable to access the files.

How to move files from one hard drive to another Windows 10?

When it comes to file transfer between 2 drives, there’re not many optional methods. If you still have no idea how to do it after searching on the internet, don’t worry, in the following content, I listed 2 ways to help move files from one hard drive to another on Windows 10.

Method 1. Manually copy and paste

The easiest way for file transfer between 2 hard drives is to copy files from one hard drive and directly paste them to the other. However, this method can be only used on personal files like videos, photos, and music and a few apps.

Before we start, you must check the corresponding hard drive of every partition by using Windows 10 inbuilt Disk Management.

1. On the desktop, right-click on “This PC” and select “Manage”.

2. Select “Disk Management” on the left side.

3. Then, on the right side, you can find every partition and its corresponding disk.

4. Keep what you’ve seen in mind.

disk management

5. Double-click on “This PC” and open File Explorer.

6. Open the partition where the files you want to move are. Here, we take the Cdrive for example.

Note: Pay attention to which disk the C drive belongs to. Here, we take disk 0 for example.

7. Right-click on the files you want to move and select “Copy”.

8. Navigate to the target partition where you want to paste the files (let’s take the D drive for example), right-click on a blank area and click on “Paste” to move the copied files to this partition.

Note: Pay attention to which disk the D drive belongs to. Here, we take disk 1 for example.

Now, you’ve successfully transferred the files from the hard drive 0 to the hard drive 1.

Method 2. Use third-party software

The copy-paste method is indeed the most straightforward and easiest way to move files from one internal hard drive to another. However, as mentioned above, in this method, only personal files and a few apps can be transferred. If you transfer other apps, some boot files might be missing and the apps won’t run normally. In this case, it’s urgent to find an alternative.

Then, how to move files from one internal hard drive to another safely and ensure those files can work perfectly? AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional should be the best solution. Within clicks, you can transfer apps from one drive to another easily without any data loss. And if you encounter any errors after the transfer, you can also restore these files by sending them back where they were. Besides app transfer from one drive to another, this software also supports partition clone and disk clone that are ways to copy all the data on a partition or a hard disk to another partition or hard disk.

Download the demo version of this software and learn how to transfer data from one hard drive to another Windows 10 .

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 Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Then, all disks and partitions will be shown on the interface.

Step 2. Click on "All Tools" on the left and select "App Mover" under the tab of "Other Tools".

app mover

Step 3. Select the partition where the files you want to transfer are and hit "Next“ to proceed.

select partitions

Step 4. Check the apps and programs you wish to move and then, preset a destination for them.

tick apps

Step 5. Hit "Move" and then, "OK" to start the transfer. It won't be long before it's completed. So, be patient.

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Step 6. When it's done, hit "Finish".

Conclusion

How to move files from one hard drive to another? In the tutorial above, 2 most convenient ways have been introduced to help get it done. The first is the copy-pate method. It’s a straight way but has its own limits. The second is third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It’s multifunctional and nearly has no limits, able to transfer any kinds of files between hard drives. Select the most suitable one in terms of your own needs. It even allows users to create a Windows 11 to GO USB.

For AOMEI Partition Assistant software, if you want to use it on Server computers, please try the Server edition.