Migrate OS to mSATA SSD in Windows 10/8/7

Learn the trick to add an SSD as system disk along with the hard drive in your laptop.You can migrate OS to mSATA SSD without reinstalling Windows.

July 17, 2019

Why should you migrate OS to mSATA SSD?

You probably know that SSDs are about three times faster than HDDs, especially when you boot up, load games, and move files. Therefore, many users want to replace their old hard drive with a new SSD. However, the SSDs with high-capacity are usually expensive. Those whose computer only have one drive bay may not want to switch their hard disk drive with a much smaller SSD. Since the introduction of mSATA SSD, most of the recent computers have an mSATA slot besides one hard drive bay. Even if your laptop does not provide an mSATA slot, it probably has an empty PCIe slot which can be used to connect an mSATA SSD. In that case, you can have both a HDD and SSD in your laptop.

Steps to transfer OS to mSATA SSD

If you do not like to do some configuration settings and stuff, then you should use a simple SSD migration software and AOMEI Partition Assistant should be qualified. It simplifies the steps of transferring system from MBR or GPT disk to SSD. It can move system to mSATA SSD along with all the installed software and games so that you will find it just like using your original hard drive but only faster. The following will show you how to migrate system to mSATA SSD step by step.

Step1. Install your mSATA SSD in your computer, download and run AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step2. In the main interface, click “Migrate OS to SSD”.

Step3. In the next screen, specify the unallocated space on the SSD as destination location to receive this migration. If there is no unallocated space, you can delete or shrink partitions on SSD to create some unallocated space. If it is a brand new SSD, you may have to initialize it before the migration.

Step4. Resize system partition on the SSD and click “Next”. If you do not change the partition size, it will use the partition size on the original system partition.

Step5. Click Apply to apply all operations after you preview the partition layout.

When this operation is complete, you can boot into BIOS to set the new SSD as the first boot order so that it will boot from the SSD. Besides the ability to migrate OS to mSATA SSD without reinstalling Windows and programs, you can also use this software to resize partition, copy hard drive, and convert MBR to GPT without data loss.