The Best Way to Set Up SSD for OS Only

Learn the advantages of using SSD for Windows OS only and how to set up SSD for OS only with the help of reliable software AOMEI Partition Assistant step by step.


By Lucas / Updated on May 12, 2023

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To begin with, SSD stands for Solid State Drive. You should know that SSD is faster than HDD (Hard Disk Drive). So setting up SSD for OS only will drastically increase load speed. Although an SSD is more expensive than an HDD now, you can buy a small one, which is comparatively cheaper. For example, buying a 64 GB SSD and using it for OS only is enough. If you have enough budget, you can buy another SSD for games or other programs that need a high speed of reading and writing.

If this is your first time building a computer with an SSD disk, then you can connect your SSD and install Windows on SSD drive directly. However, if you have installed OS on HDD before, and you want to optimize your computer. For example, transfer the operating system from HDD to SSD, but don’t want to reinstall the operating system.

What do you do then? One way is doing it with a complex command line or backup first and then restoring. But here I would like to recommend the best way - using AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to realize SSD migration via the "Migrate OS to SSD" feature.

This tool employs the hot clone technique to help you migrate OS to the target disk without rebooting your device.

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Step 1. Plug your SSD into your computer first. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click “Clone” in the top toolbar, and choose “Migrate OS”. And click “Next” in the pop-up window.

Migrate OS to SSD or HDD

Step 2. In this step, select an unallocated disk (SSD) and click “Next” to continue.

Pop-up window of Migrate OS to SSD or HDD

Step 3. Here, you can resize the partition and change the drive letter as you wish. Type the value or directly drag to adjust.

Resize Partition

Step 4. After everything has been done, go back to the main screen, and click “Apply” to commit the changes.



Now you see, with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, setting up SSD for OS only becomes much easier. After it’s done be sure to free up SSD disk space every couple of months to ensure the health of the system. Moreover, you can perform lots of partition optimization operations with this software such as moving partitions, deleting all partitions, splitting partitions, extending partitions, etc.

With the popularization of Windows 10, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant to create a portable Windows 10 that boot from a USB drive. That is “Windows to Go Creator”.

Lucas · Staff Editor
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