By Dervish / Last Updated May 12, 2023

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 the system, which takes less time to boot from the SSD. Besides, more and more people can afford to buy an SSD, so migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD becomes universal.

Can I transfer Windows 10 with built-in tool?

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

If your SSD capacity is smaller than the current HDD, you need to shrink volume in Disk Management first in order to fit a SSD. Then you can create a system image. After finishing a kind 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.

Clone Windows 10 from HDD to SSD safely and easily

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is an excellent disk management tool (Support Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista users) that allows you to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without reinstalling. Its Clone Disk function allows you to safely clone all data on the target disk to another disk, and can automatically 4K align the SSD during the cloning process to improve the performance of the SSD.

In addition, if you only want to transfer the Windows 10 system, the Migrate OS to SSD function only supports moving system-related data to the SSD, and other data remains on the original disk.

Please download the Demo version to see how to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without losing data.

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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✎ What to do before transferring Windows 10:

Connect the SSD to your Windows 10 computer. Typically, desktops have extra SSD disk bays, but to migrate Windows 10 to SSD on laptops, you may need a USB-SATA cable.

If migrating Windows 10 to GPT, make sure your motherboard supports EFI/UEFI boot mode. Otherwise, the cloned SSD may not boot. You can also convert GPT SSD to MBR.

Step 1: Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant, then right-click the system disk and choose Clone Disk.

Copy Disk

Step 2: 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 3: Decide SSD as the target disk. Don’t forget to tick the small box down there to optimize its performance.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4: You’re able to edit partition size in this step.

Edit Disk

Step 5: Read this note carefully, then click Finish.


Step 6: Pending operations will be listed in the main interface. Click Apply for final execution.


✎ How to boot Windows 10 from cloned SSD?

At this point, you have successfully transferred Windows 10 from HDD to SSD. After the migration is complete, if you are using a laptop, you will need to replace the old HDD with the cloned SSD. Be careful during the replacement process, you may need a screwdriver to help you.

If you want to keep the old HDD and boot from SSD in your desktop, you can change the boot sequence to SSD in BIOS. To enter the BIOS, you can restart the PC and repeatedly press the keys prompted at the bottom of the screen to enter the BIOS. Then go to the Boot option and adjust the boot order of the SSD to the first one. After booting, you can  wipe the HDD to use it as a data disk.

This is the whole process of how to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD. If you want to clone Windows Server, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.