By Emily / Last Updated October 16, 2020

Why reinstall Windows 10 to SSD?

It is well known that Solid State Drives (SSDs) are much faster than Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). But speed is not the only advantage. Because there are no moving parts inside an SSD drive, they are quieter when running, and less likely to get damaged in laptops when you carry it around. If you are suffering slow boot time on HDD or always using a laptop for work, you can reinstall Windows 10 to SSD.

2 Methods of reinstalling Windows 10 OS to SSD

Reinstalling Windows 10/8/7 onto SSD drives can give your computer a fresh start. But how to do it specifically? Next we would like to share two ways for this task. Take a closer look at them and choose a proper one then.

Method 1. Clean install Windows 10 to SSD with Windows Setup media

The most traditional way is to perform a clean Windows installation on SSD with the Windows installation disc. Below are the detailed steps.

Before you do:
Back up all of your important information via data backup software (AOMEI Backupper) in advance since this method will remove the your important files, settings and applications and give you a clean install of Windows 10.
Prepare an empty DVD, CD or USB flash drive to make an installation media.

1. Download and use Microsoft Media Creation Tool to make the installation media.

Windows 10 Setup

2. When asked during the installation media, accept Microsoft software license terms and then select "Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC" before you click “Next” and follow the guides to finish creating Windows 10 installation media.

3. Plug the installation disk into your computer. Shut down your computer, open its case, remove the old hard disk, and insert the SSD into the drive bay.

4. Turn on your computer and press a specific key to boot into BIOS and modify the boot order to make your computer boot from the installation disk.

5. When loaded, you need to verify “language to install”, “time and currency format”, and “keyboard or input method”. Then click “Next”> “Install now”.

6. In this window, you will be asked to input the license key, type one, or skip it by clicking "I don't have a product key" and activate it after Windows install completes.

7. When asked “Which type of installation do you want?”, choose “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).”

Installation Type

8. In this screen. select your SSD which you plan to reinstall Windows 10 onto and click “Next”. Then Windows will start the installation process automatically.

Method 2. Reinstall Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without CD

From the steps above, we can know that it is a very complex process: create installation disc first and then perform a clean install on SSD. So you might be looking for a method to reinstall Windows 10 to SSD from HDD without using Windows CD or DVD. Then you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It has the "Migrate OS to SSD Wizard", allowing you to directly migrate Windows 10, 8, 7 from HDD to SSD drive with secure boot. Moreover, it can clone whole system disk to another disk by the "Disk Clone Wizard".

Before you proceed:
You can backup system in case the OS migration is interrupted by uncontrollable issues (like power failure) and causes data loss.
Make sure the SSD drive has an unallocated space, which is equal and larger than the used space of the original system drive. If there is not, you need to shrink or delete another partition to create unallocated space first.
If you plan to migrate OS drive from MBR disks to GPT SSD, please ensure your motherboard supports UEFI boot mode. That’s because you will be required to change boot mode to upgrade Legacy BIOS to UEFI after migration to ensure a smooth system startup.

Now you can download the Demo version for a free trial:

1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro in your Windows 10 computer. Click “Migrate OS to SSD” in the left panel and click “Next”.

Migrate OS To SSD

2. Here, you need to choose an unallocated space on the SSD drive and click “Next” to continue.

Select Space

3. In this window, you are allowed to resize partition or specify the location of the partition created on the SSD drive. Then, click “Next”.

Resize Partition

4. Here is a brief note on how to boot OS from SSD or HDD after migration, read it and then click “Finish”.

Note

5. In the main interface, click “Apply” to commit the pending operation.

Apply

After migrating Windows 10 to SSD, you need to restart your computer, enter BIOS setup, change boot order to boot computer from destination SSD drive.

Change Boot Order

Verdict

Now, no matter you want to reinstall Windows 10 on SSD with or without Windows CD/DVD, you can find the elaborate guide on how to do it. If you are planning to reinstall Windows 10 from HDD onto SSD, AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro can save you much time and effort. Besides, this software also allows you to extend system partition, convert system disk between MBR and GPT style without deleting partitions, wipe system disk and more. To reinstall Server OS to SSD, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.