“How do I transfer all data from old SSD to new SSD?”
“I currently have a Western Digital SSD drive where the Windows 10 is installed on. And I was planning to get a new SSD and wanted to migrate all data including the OS and installed games from the old SSD to the new one. So how do I transfer OS and other data from SSD to new SSD? Thanks for any help!”
You can transfer SSD to new SSD by cloning solid-state drive
The solid-state drive has become quite popular among computer users due to its better performance, faster reading/writing speed, and excellent durability, etc. Many users even install or migrate OS onto SSD drive to speed up the computer. However, when the old SSD is small, or about to fail, you might want to transfer everything from old SSD to new SSD for an upgrade or replacement.
To migrate a small number of personal files like photos, music, documents from one SSD to another SSD, you can copy or cut them in the old SSD and paste them into the new SSD drive. But to move a large amount of data, it will cost much time. Also, if you transfer applications through “copy and paste” to another SSD, some can be unusable and unbootable. Furthermore, if the SSD is a bootable drive and holds the boot files, that method will make the boot files invalid. Then you cannot boot OS from the new SSD drive afterward.
Luckily, there is another option: clone your SSD drive. This can transfer all data from old SSD to new SSD and then transferred OS/programs can load up as they were in the old solid-state drive.
Best tool to clone SSD for transferring SSD to another SSD
Now that we have known the best method of transferring data from SSD to SSD is to clone the whole old SSD drive, first of all we need to find out which tool can effectively clone SSD to SSD without boot issues. After fair comparison and user reviews, we recommend you using AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.
This software provides the "Disk Clone" function to help transfer everything to new SSD via cloning the entire disk. Besides, there are two different disk clone methods for you to choose based on your actual requirements and SSD size.
▸"Clone Disk Quickly" will only copy the used space of the disk to another disk. So the destination disk must have to be larger than the used space of the source disk. This method can clone larger SSD to smaller SSD.
▸"Sector-by-Sector Clone" will copy every sectors of the disk to another one no matter it is used or not. So the target disk must be larger than the source disk. This method can help you clone BitLocker disk.
This method also works for cloning USB flash drive, SD card and other hard drives in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Moreover, its “Partition Clone” feature allows you to clone a specific partition to another drive.
Steps to transfer all data from SSD to new SSD
After getting a basic understanding of this SSD cloning software, you might want to know how to transfer data from old SSD to new SSD via its "Disk Clone" function. So, next we will show you how to perform it step by step.
PS.. the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Demo Version is available for free download.
Step 1. Connect the destination SSD to your computer (you might need a SATA-to-USB adapter) and make sure it is detected. Install and run AOMEI software. Right-click the target SSD and select "Clone Disk".
Step 2. Choose a disk copying method based on your situation and click "Next".
Step 3. Now select the target SSD to hold all content on the old SSD and tick "Optimize the performance of SSD". Then click "Next".
Step 4. A warning about the data loss on the target disk will appear. If you have backed up vital files, click “Yes” to continue.
Step 5. Here, you can change the partition size on the new SSD drive. Click "Next" to proceed.
Step 6. Then, you will receive a note on how to boot OS successfully from the destination disk afterward. Read it carefully and click "Finish".
Step 7. Click "Apply" to start the SSD cloning process.
This guide is based on transferring/cloning the MBR SSD with OS installation to another GPT SSD drive. If you are doing that as well, please ensure your motherboard supports the UEFI boot mode as you need to change into UEFI from BIOS, then you can boot OS from cloned SSD. The vice versa is also true. If you don’t want to change the boot mode or the motherboard does not support UEFI, you can convert SSD to MBR before cloning.
So, with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can effectively transfer SSD to new SSD by cloning hard disk. Furthermore, it is not only an SSD cloning utility to transfer data between two SSD drives, but also an SSD repair tool to help fix damaged or corrupted SSD. If you want to clone SSD to SSD in Windows Server, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.