Why migrate Windows 10 to SSD?
To transfer Windows 10 to SSD usually means to move all content on Windows 10 OS drive and system-related partition to SSD, so that you can easily boot computer from the destination SSD after migration. When it comes to why you need to move Windows 10 to SSD from a physical hard disk drive, there are two main reasons to be summarized.
◆ In the first place, get better performance. There are no moving parts in SSD, which makes it quieter and has less possibility to get damaged. Furthermore, SSDs provide fast boot speed and shorter application load time. For users who need the efficiencies and convenience of an SSD, it is a good idea to migrate Windows 10 to solid-state drive. If you just want to extend storage space on the Windows 10 computer, SSD may not be the most economical solution.
◆ What’s more, in your daily life you may have come across low disk space especially for system partition, which has bad effect on computer performance. When it affects your work and life constantly, you can migrate Windows 10 to a larger SSD to solve the trouble. Given that SSDs are more expensive than HDDs, it is also a wise choice to purchase an SSD with a smaller capacity, and then migrate Windows 10 to a smaller SSD and use SSD for OS and HDD for storage setup.
Clean install or clone Windows 10 on SSD drive?
Whether you need to do fresh install is based on your willingness and software installed status on your current hard drive. To be specific, if you installed third-party applications separately from system drive, namely C drive, you can back up personal files in C drive and do a clean install on SSD. The installed applications on other drives will not be affected. If installed software is together with system programs, clean installing will take a lot longer since you have to reinstall all these programs as well.
In the meantime, all settings, configurations and stored data will be lost. If you would like to keep these data intact and save time, cloning is the easiest way to migrate Windows 10 to new SSD.
Best software to free migrate Windows 10 to SSD
Many SSDs have built-in data migration software like Samsung Data Migration software. Generally speaking, this type of migration tool does a great job. However, it will move everything on old hard drive to new SSD instead of only Windows 10 OS. Besides, it only supports the Samsung SSD drive. So, a reliable and full-featured OS migrating program is worry-saving.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a free migration tool that enables you to clone only Windows 10 drive to SSD without reinstalling system and programs in C drive. It has an easy-to-use wizard, “Migrate OS to SSD”, that can help you complete the migration even if you are a computer novice. Now, download the tool to find out how to migrate Windows 10 to SSD free step by step. Take migrating Windows OS to smaller SSD for example.
How to migrate Windows 10 to (smaller) SSD without data loss?
Technically, there are three parts that need to be done for OS migration to SSD, preparations before migrating, migrating process and boot-up test work after migrating. The following parts detail these sections.
▌1. Preliminary work before migration:
Connect the SSD to your Windows 10 computer. Normally, desktops have extra disk bay for SSD, yet to migrate Windows 10 to SSD on laptop, you may need an USB-SATA connection cable.
Make sure SSD has unallocated space which is equal to or larger than the used space of the current OS partition. If SSD is smaller than used space of current system drive, you can backup personal files, videos, music, movies, pictures in particular to other places that won’t be transferred to SSD. Do disk clean at the same time to let Windows 10 fit on the new SSD.
It is necessary to do hard drive partition defragment before you start clone if you plan to transfer Windows 10 to SSD from HDD.
▌2. Steps to move Windows 10 to SSD free
Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click on “Migrate OS to SSD” in the left pane. An introduction about this wizard will come into your sight, read it and click “Next”.
Step 2. Select the unallocated space on SSD as the destination location and then click “Next”.
Step 3. You are able to resize the system partition and change drive on this page. Then a note on how to boot Windows 10 on SSD will pop up. Keep it in mind and click “Finish”.
Step 4. Confirm all operations and now the E: drive is the cloned Windows 10. Then click on “Apply” > “Proceed” to execute the Windows 10 OS migration to SSD. A reboot is required.
▌3. Boot Windows 10 from SSD and format old drive
Till now, the Windows 10 OS has been successfully migrated to SSD. When the migrating completes, disconnect the cloned SSD and shut down your Windows 10 computer. Now it’s time to replace old hard drive with cloned SSD. Be careful during the replacement progress, and you may need screwdriver to assist you. If you want to keep the old disk and boot from SSD, you can change boot priority to SSD in BIOS. However, the first way to recommended for a thorough test. To enter BIOS, you can reboot your PC and press a specific key (usually the DEL, ESC, F1, F2, F8, F9, F10, F11,F12 key) constantly.
After migration, the old Windows 10 OS still exists. To free up and make use of that space, you can format C drive there after you are satisfied with the new running system. Besides, if backed up data before, you may need to restore files from backup.
Migrate Windows 10 to SSD GPT and UEFI
There is one more question you need to pay attention to. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports migrate Windows 10 OS from MBR disk to MBR disk. If migrating from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT disk, you need to upgrade Standard to Professional edition. It is important that your motherboard supports EFI/UEFI boot mode if migrate Windows 10 to GPT SSD. Otherwise, the cloned SSD may not be able to boot. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard also supports convert data GPT disk to MBR, if you need to.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can free migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling operating system. Moreover, apart from moving OS only to SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant also provides “Disk Clone Wizard” that can clone entire hard drive to SSD in Windows 10. It offers "Partition Clone Wizard" that could help you move Windows 10 OEM to SSD as well.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is specialized in partition management. It is much powerful and flexible than Disk Management in Windows 10. So if you are the user who wants to manage your partitions easily, you can’t miss this free but professional software. If you are Windows Server users and want to manage disk partition in Server operating system, just try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.