By Bryce / Last Updated October 14, 2020

Can I move Windows 10 to another hard drive?

"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? And Can I boot from the new drive successfully after migration?"

A safe OS migration tool for Windows 10, 8, 7

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

To avoid the trouble of Windows reinstallation, an OS migration tool for Windows 10, 8, 7, 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) with secure boot. You can use its Disk Clone Wizard, if you want to move all data, including Windows, apps, files from the current hard drive to a new one.

Detailed steps to transfer Windows 10 from one drive to another

✔ 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 move Windows 10 to another hard drive via the OS migration tool.

PS.: You can download the 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.


✍ Notes:
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ This software can be used to migrate Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to another drive. To clone Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 to another hard drive, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

How to boot from the new drive after OS migration

After you transfer Windows from original hard drive to another one, you can check out how to boot from the new drive when you keep two hard drives simultaneously.

Step 1. Start your PC, press the function key during the initial startup to enter BIOS settings.

Step 2. In the Boot option, choose the new HDD or SSD as the boot drive and save all the changes.

Step 3. Restart the computer