By AOMEI / Last Updated January 18, 2021

Why clone/migrate Windows to mSATA SSD?

A mSATA SSD is a solid-state drive. Just like SATA, a mSATA SSD transfer data between a computer and the drive via ATA, or Advanced Technology Attachment. You can easily notice the main difference between a standard SATA SSD is physical size and the connection. So mSATA SSD usually favored by ultrabook or other notebook users, and they are willing to upgrade their drive to mSATA SSD.

As for performance, generally, a mSATA SSD provides 1.5 GB/s to 3 GB/s transfer rate for high running speed. And it can be one of the reason why people want to clone hard disk to mSATA SSD. When you have a new mSATA SSD, you don’t want to lose any data or reinstall Windows, copy and paste bunch of data. Migrating OS to mSATA SSD is a good way to sparing you from the troublesome work.

The best way to migrate/install OS to mSATA SSD

The best way to install a new SSD is to migrate Windows the operating system to it. Then just put the SSD on the mSATA slot and restart your laptop. How can we perform that?

There is a powerful and free SSD migration tool named AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is featured with “Migrate OS to SSD” enabling you to move Windows 10, 8, 7 including all system-related file to another storage device. This tool gives great flexibility with the following highlight and advantages:

Supports migrating Windows to smaller SSD: SSDs cost more than HDDs on each GB. so you may have a smaller SSD than the internal hard drive, even in this condition, it helps you to clone system to the destination disk successfully.
SSD Partition alignment: It is also a SSD partition alignment tool to maximize the best performance if the logical and physical sectors are misaligned.
Supports multiple SSD brands: You can migrate Windows to Intel, Kingston, Transcend, Samsung SSD.
Makes the SSD bootable: When you finish the cloning process, replace the mSATA SSD with the old disk, your PC can successfully booted from it.

Then, you can download the Demo Version firstly, and refer to the following tutorial to see how this tool works.

Download PA Demo Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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How to migrate OS to mSATA SSD in Windows 10, 8, 7?

Step 1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant, click “Migrate OS to SSD” on the Wizards column. Then click “Next” when you see introduce note.

Migrate Os To Ssd

Step 2. Choose unallocated space on the mSATA SSD as the destination location to receive this migration. If there is no unallocated space, tick “I want to delete all partitions on this disk”.

Select Space On Ssd

Step 3. You can resize the system partition in this window, and click “Next”.

Resize Partition

Step 4. And read and remember the boot note.

Note

Step 5. Then you can preview the outcome of it, and click “Apply” to commit the operation.

Apply

When the process is complete, shutdown your computer or laptop, and unplug power cable. Then place the SSD on the mSATA socket to install mSATA SSD on your laptop. You may need to remove or keep the old hard drive according to drive slots on your computer. If you want to keep both HDD and SSD, you probably need to enter BIOS to set the SSD as the boot drive.

In addition, if you want to sell or recycle your old disk, it is necessary to completely wipe the old hard drive to protect your personal data from getting hacked.

Conclusion

This is the best way to migrate OS to mSATA SSD in Windows 10, 8, 7. After the process, AOMEI Partition Assistant can also help you to manage your storage space with its many other features, including create partition, resize partition, convert file system between FAT32 and NTFS.

And there is Professional edition that provides more advanced feature. For example, SSD partition alignment after cloning to align logical and physical sectors, which can further improve the performance of your SSD.