By Emily / Last Updated July 21, 2020

Can I move windows from HDD to SSD?

“I recently got a new Samsung 840 Evo 500 GB SSD and I want to just transfer my genuine Windows 10 to it and keep all the rest of my data on the old HDD. Anyone knows how to migrate Windows to SSD without reinstalling OS? Or is such software for the OS migration? Any help would be greatly appreciated.”

Migrate Win To Ssd

Most computer comes with a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) with Windows pre-installed. However, it is well-known that HDD tends to be slower in reading and writing data, so many users prepare to transfer Windows to an SSD drive, which can help improve the overall computer performance relying on its faster speed, low noise, resistance to shake and other advantages. Meanwhile, they don’t want to reinstall Windows to SSD, which requires to create an installation USB drive, CD or DVD, and the whole process will cost much time and efforts. So, numerous users are asking if they can move Windows to SSD instead of performing reinstallation.

Freeware to migrate Windows to SSD without reinstalling

Is it possible to migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without reinstalling? Yes, the OS migration job can be done easily under the help of the free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It develops the “Migrate OS To SSD Wizard”, aiming to transfer only OS-related partitions to SSD, HDD, or other types of hard drives. After migration, you can boot from the destination disk successfully.

But you have to note that the freeware only supports migrating Windows 10/8/7 from MBR to MBR disk. If the destination SSD is of GPT disk, you can use this software to convert disk from GPT to MBR in advance. This conversion won’t damage data inside. But if your current system disk is of GPT disk, you have to upgrade to Professional edition that allows you to migrate Windows from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR and GPT to GPT.

Steps to migrate Windows 10/8/7 from HDD to SSD free

Now, you can download the freeware and follow the steps to migrate Windows to SSD without reinstalling.

Note: everything on the SSD drive will be wiped in the process, so back up anything important beforehand.

Step 1. Connect the SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected. If you are using a laptop, a SATA-to-USB or adapter might be required.

SATA-To-USB

Step 2. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click on “Migrate OS to SSD” under the “Wizards” column.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination disk and click “Next”. If there are partitions on the SSD, tick the option “I want to delete all partitions on this disk # to migrate system to the disk”.

Select Disk Space

Step 4. Here, you can resize partitions on the target SSD.

Resize Partition

Step 5. A boot note will pop out. Read it if necessary and then click on “Finish”.

Note

Step 6. Click “Apply” to commit the pending operation.

Apply

After migrating Windows to SSD for free, you can reboot your PC, enter BIOS and change boot order to boot computer from the cloned SSD. Or you can directly remove the old system hard drive, install the SSD to check whether the SSD is bootable or not. If the OS and other programs work well on the SSD drive, you can format the C drive on your old HDD to free up disk space.

Change Boot Order

Verdict

This is how to migrate Windows to SSD without reinstalling for free. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard also allows you to clone an entire MBR system disk to another MBR disk. To enjoy more advanced features like aligning SSD partitions, securely erasing SSD, extending NTFS system drive without rebooting, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a better choice. If you are running Windows Server, please apply AOMEI Partition Assistant Server instead.