By AOMEI / Last Updated September 29, 2020

Reason for transferring Windows 10 to SSD

“Hi guys, I’m willing to migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD recently but I have no idea of steps. Can anyone tell me how to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without losing data? Thanks in advance.” This is a kind of questions commonly seen among a lot of forums.

Well, as the reading and writing speed of SSD is much faster than that of traditional HDD, it improves the overall performance of system, which takes less time to boot from the SSD. Besides, more and more people can afford to buy an SSD, so moving Windows 10 from HDD to SSD becomes universal.

Transfer with built-in tool?

Although a built-in tool in Windows 10 can help you create a system image, there are some limitations.

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You need to shrink volume in Disk Management first in order to fit SSD which may be smaller than the current hard drive. Then select Backup and Restore (Windows7) in Control Panel, as the picture shows above. After finishing kinds of settings through that wizard, you’ll be asked whether to create a system repair disc or not. One important thing is that the process could fail at last if the shrunken partition still not small enough. In this case, you have to go back to the first step again! So, another much easier way is recommended.

Easier transfer via AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a powerful disk/partition software, with which you’re able to easily transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without losing data within a few of simple steps.

Step 1: Connect SSD to your computer. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step 2: Right click HDD. Choose Clone Disk.

Copy Disk

Step 3: It would be better to keep the default option here because only in this way you can clone old hard drive to a smaller SSD.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 4: Decide SSD as the target disk. Don’t forget to tick the small box down there to optimize its performance.

Select Destination Disk

Step 5: You’re able to edit partition size in this step.

Edit Disk

Step 6: Read this note carefully then click Finish.


Step 7: Pending operations will be listed in the main interface. Click Apply for final execution.


That’s how to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD with AOMEI! By the way, since this process involves system boot partition, the operation will be completed under PreOS Mode.