By Bryce / Last Updated November 15, 2019

Can I move Windows 10 from one hard drive to another?

"I have purchased an SSD to replace my original 256GB HDD to improve computer performance. But I don’t want to reinstall Windows 10 on the newly purchased SSD from scratch. Then, could you tell me whether it is possible to transfer windows 10 from HDD to SSD without reinstalling? If it is, can you show me how to move Windows 10 to another hard drive in detail?”

A trusted OS migration tool for Windows 10!

During the usage of computer, there could be many reasons for you to replace or upgrade computer hard drive like storage capacity increase, running speed improvement, etc.

To avoid the trouble of Windows reinstallation, an OS migration tool for Windows 10, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can be helpful! Its Migrate OS to SSD function allows you to clone only OS related partitions to another hard drive (SSD/HDD) in a success. You can use its Disk Clone Wizard, if you want to move all data, including Windows 10 from the current hard drive to a new one.

Transfer Windows 10 to another hard drive within 4 steps

✍ Preparation work:
▪ Connect the destination hard drive to your Window based computer. If your computer has no extra disk bay for it, a USB-SATA connection cable is necessary.
▪ Ensure that the unallocated space on the target disk is not smaller than the used space of the current OS partition. Or you can create unallocated space on it via partition shrink or deletion.

Then, refer to the following step-by-step guide about how to transfer windows 10 to another hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

PS.: You can download demo version of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to try!

Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click Migrate OS to SSD under Wizards.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step 2. Choose an unallocated space on the target hard drive and click Next.

Note: If there is no unallocated space, all partitions on the target disk will be deleted after you check the option I want to delete all partitions on disk 2 to migrate system to the disk.

Select Space on SSD

Step 3. In this window, you can change the size of the system partition.

Resize Partition

Attend to Note about how to boot OS from HDD or SSD, which might be helpful after migration.


Step 4. In this screen, you can review the result. Click Apply and Proceed after confirmation.



  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional supports you to move Windows 10 partition from MBR to MBR, GPT to GPT, MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR. If you want to transfer OS partition from MBR to MBR, you can also use the free version AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

  • Before you migrate Windows 10 to GPT hard drive, make sure that the motherboard supports EFI/UEFI boot; otherwise, you’ll be unable to boot the computer from the destination hard drive.

  • This software can be used to migrate Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 to another drive.


Obviously, surely you have known how to move Windows 10 to another hard drive under the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. In fact, it is featured with various other useful functions, helping you to solve many issues. For example, when you have accidentally deleted partition in Windows, its Partition Recovery Wizard enables you to recover the deleted partition easily.