By Cherry / Last Updated May 15, 2020

What is SSHD?

Most Windows users want to migrate OS to hybrid SSHD, but some of users still don’t know what it is.

SSHD is the abbreviation of solid state hybrid drive. It is a traditional hard drive with small amount of solid state storage built in, usually 8 GB. The amazing thing is that the SSHD appears as a single drive to operating system, and a controller chip decides which data is stored on the solid state storage and what’s left on the hard disk drive. In another words, you do mot need any other software or configuration because it works without your decision about where to store files and programs. The SSD portion of the SSHD is likely a “cache”, the files that you access frequently, for example, the operating system and the applications are stored on the SSD portion of the SSHD by firmware, which can increase the speed of startup progress.

Why would you want to migrate OS to hybrid SSHD?

Hybrid drives, as a storage device with both hard drive and a small amount of solid state storage about 8 GB, will be cheaper than an SSD. Like a 2 TB hybrid SSHD with 8 GB of solid state storage built in will be more expensive than s simple 2 TB HDD, but it is cheaper than a 256 GB SSD with even less storage space. Speaking of this point, you can use a lower price to get a SSD speed and more storage place. What’s more, a hybrid SSHD has a big advantage for laptop users. Hybrid SSHD as a single physical drive, it can be used for laptop with a single drive bay so that you can get both SSD speeds and HDD storage capacity. Thus, buying a hybrid SSHD is cost effective. If you want to use an SSHD to instead of an SSD without changing the operating system, migrate OS to hybrid SSHD could be the best way, and you can save a lot of time for installing OS and applications.

How to migrate OS to hybrid SSHD?

The hybrid SSHD can store the operating system on its SSD by firmware. So ,the question is how to migrate your OS to solid state hybrid drive? Users may know it isn’t a simple thing, fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant can provide you migrate OS to the SSD portion of hybrid SSHD in free.

Step1. First, plug in the hybrid SSHD into your PC. Download this freeware AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, install and launch it. Click “Migrate OS to SSD” at the left pane to launch this wizard.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step2. It will remind you that this wizard will help you migrate your current OS to solid state drive. Click Next.


Step3. Here you need to select the solid state hybrid drive you plugged in before. Do not worry whether the OS will be moved on the SSD portion or not. The hybrid SSHD can decide to store the operating system and program files on the solid state memory, and others on the HDD to get a solid sate speed. Select it and click Next.

Select Disk Space

Step4. You can resize the partition here and give it a drive letter at the drop-down menu. Click Next to go on.

Resize Partition

Step5. This page will tell you how to boot your computer from SSD portion of hybrid SSHD. Read it, then, click Finish to back to the main interface.


Step6. Click Apply at the toolbar to execute the operations.


Thus, you have finished the job “Migrate OS to hybrid SSHD”, and you can run the computer from SSHD’s SSD with a faster speed, and have a large storage space to store other files with lower price. Using hybrid SSHD could be cost effective than a HHD or an SSD.

With this freeware, you can do many other things for you solid state hybrid drive besides migrating operating system to it. For example, resize partition, move partition, delete partition, merge partitions, etc. The AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good partition manager.