By Michael / Last Updated June 25, 2021


How to transfer games from HDD to SSD?

I just got a new Samsung SSD for better performance, and I want it to be my main drive. How do I go about transferring all my games from HDD to the SSD so that I don’t have to redownload them from Steam? Thanks!

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Why transfer games from HDD to SSD?

Generally, there are two reasons why people transfer games from HDD to SSD. Firstly, the better game experience is the most common purpose. An SSD is made up of solid-state electronic chip and DRAM chip, it delivers information by flash memory, which provide much faster write and read speed than an traditional HDD. 

Secondly, people move games from HDD to SSD for free space. Today's games take up large storage space, year after year, people may find the old hard drive running out of space. Thus, users tend to move their games to new SSDs making room for other important files and applications.

In view of SSD price per GB is expensive than HDD, and high-performance can give you great experience. It is maybe wiser to transfer games from system SSD to an HDD to save some space of your internal drive.

How to transfer installed PC games from HDD to SSD without reinstalling?

When you have a new SSD, you don’t want to spend all day redownloading those games and lose your saved game sessions. To move all of your installed games to another drive, you can turn to a powerful clone software-AOMEI Partition Assistant professional, which allows you to clone/transfer steam, blizzard and other games from hard drive/SSD to another HDD/SSD within a few steps in Windows 10, 8, 7. Then Download the Demo version you can have a try to see how to use it.

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  • After cloning, the data on the target hard disk will be deleted, if there are necessary data on it, please back up the SSD beforehand.

  • AOMEI Partition allows clone either the whole disk or a partition to another hard drive, if you install all your games in one certain partition, you can just move the partition to SSD.

  • If you want to replace your old system HDD with an new SSD, you will clone whole disk with the OS, which need to change the legacy boot mode to UEFI.

  • If you want to move games from PC to another PC, you can use a USB flash drive to clone games, and transfer them to the other PC.

Step 1. Right-click the HDD you plan to clone, and click “Clone Disk”.

Copy Disk

Step 2. In this window, you can choose a clone method. Generally, we choose clone “Clone Disk Quickly” which is much faster, and allows you to clone larger disk to smaller one as long as the SSD has enough space to keep all your games.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Choose the SSD as the destination disk, and check the “Optimize the performance of SSD” . Then click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4.Then it will prompt you a message that the SSD will be formatted, make sure you back up it, and click “Yes”.


Step 5. In this window, you can adjust the partition on the destination disk. after the adjustment, and click “Next”.

Edit Disk


  • Copy without resizing partition: Keeping the size of source HDD partition. If the destination disk is smaller than source disk, it will be greyed out if the SSD is smaller than the source disk.

  • Fit partitions to entire disk: it will adjust the partition size automatically.

  • Edit partitions on this disk: editing the size as you want.

    Step 6. You will be noted that how to boot from the destination disk if you encounter a boot problem after cloning. Then click “Finish”.


    Step 7. Go back to the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to start the process.


    ● Additional: Boot from the cloned SSD

    If you clone system disk to SSD, you may encounter the cloned SSD won’t boot issue, and you can enter BIOS to reset the boot device.

    1. Restart your computer, and long press a function key to enter "BIOS setup" when the first screen appears.

    2. And choose “Change boot order”, and set the cloned SSD as boot drive.

    3. Press “F10” to save and leave the BIOS setup.


    This is how to transfer games from HDD to SSD in windows 10, 8, 7. This methods can also be applied to transfer most game consoles, like move PS game to a new hard disk.

    In addition to cloning games, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional also provide other functions, such as allocating free space from one partition to another, partition recovery.

    There is AOMEI Partition Assistant Server edition specialized for Windows Server. If your computer is running with Server OS, you can turn to this version.