By AOMEI / Last Updated January 7, 2019


“I bought a new hard drive recently, and I want to transfer Windows from my system disk to the new hard drive. Now, the question is that I don’t know how to transfer the Windows operating system to another drive. Is there any Windows transfer tool can help me to do this operation easily? Any advantages are appreciated!”

Why you need to transfer Windows to another storage drive?

You may be puzzled about why need to transfer Windows to another storage drive? or Is there any advantages of transferring Windows to another storage drive?

In general, if you change a new hard drive without operating system on it, your computer will not boot. At this time, you need to install an operating system on the new disk. Thus you can boot your computer successfully. But you may find it will cost a lot of time to install an operating system to the new disk. So, transfer Windows to the new disk can be a good choice.

Besides, transfer windows to another storage drive also can be a wonderful way of system backup. For example, you can transfer the operating system to an USB flash drive or external hard drive. Thus, if your computer corrupted one day, you can boot your computer from the USB or the external hard drive directly.

The best Windows transfer tool

To transfer Windows to another storage drive, you can use a Windows transfer tool to complete this operation. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant is recommended, it’s a powerful Windows transfer tool which provides you powerful functions like Migrate OS to SSD. With the help of it, you can easily transfer Windows to another storage drive in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista.

How to transfer Windows with AOMEI Partition Assistant?

The following example will show you the specific steps of transferring Windows 10 to new hard drive (SSD):

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. You can see the partition information on the main interface. Then, click “Migrate OS to SSD” on the left side under the Wizards column. In the pop-up window, click “Next” to continue.

Transfer Windows 10 To SSD

Step 2. In the next window, select a partition or an unallocated space on the destination disk (SSD or HDD), and then click “Next”.

Select Disk Space

Note: If the destination disk is with partitions on, the progress will delete all partitions on the disk.

Step 3. Then, modify the information (including size, location, and drive letter) of the partition on the destination disk. Of course, you can also keep default settings.

Resize Partition

Step 4. After setting up all the information, click “Next” to read the note about “Boot Operating System”. Then, click “Finish” back to the main interface and preview the changes.

Boot Operating System

Step 5. After that, click “Apply” button to commit the “Pending Operations”.

Pending Operations

Note: This method is only support transfer operating system from MBR to MBR. If you want to transfer Windows from MBR to GPT, from GPT to MBR, or from GPT to GPT, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to do these operations.


Now, you know how to easily transfer Windows with the best Windows transfer tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant. Besides Migrate OS to SSD, it also provides many other useful functions like Format Partition, Resize Partition, NTFS to FAT32 Converter, Rebuild MBR, Windows To Go and so on. You can use it to easily solve the problem like Current read only state yes. If you want to transfer Windows to USB flash drive, you can also use the function of Windows To Go. If the operating system of your computer is Windows Server, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to enjoy more advanced features.