By Emily / Last Updated April 7, 2020

“Can I transfer my Windows 8 to a new hard drive?"

“I have bought a new SSD and plan to replace the old HDD on my computer since Windows 8 runs slower and slower. But I do not want to install Windows 8 and other necessary programs on the new hard drive from scratch. Too time-consuming! I am new to computer building and was wondering if I can directly move my Windows 8 to a different hard disk without reinstalling everything. Or are there any professional Windows 8 migration software for doing this?”

If your Windows 8 computer has been installed on a traditional HDD and is struggling to load some large files and run many applications simultaneously, you can install Windows 8 onto a solid-state drive of fast read-write speed. However, reinstalling OS on new SSD is very time-consuming because you have to reinstall programs and data saved on C drive, so many users are searching for an easier way to migrate the already installed Windows 8 to a new hard drive. For this task, you can turn to a professional OS migration tool for Windows 8/8.1.

Employ the best free software for Windows 8/8.1 migration

Among all available operating system migration software, the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard ranks well and used by millions of computer users. It comes with the "Migrate OS to SSD Wizard", with which you can easily migrate only Windows 8 partition to another hard drive (HDD or SSD) within several steps. Besides, if you are planning to clone entire system disk to SSD or HDD, you can try its "Disk Clone Wizard".

No matter which way you choose to migrate Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can boot from the destination disk successfully. Worth to mention, it is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit of Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista, so you can migrate not only Windows 8, but also other popular Windows operating system to another hard disk. You can click on the below button to download the free Windows 8 migrate software and install it on your PC.

Steps to migrate Windows 8/8.1 to SSD or HDD

Next, I will show you how to migrate Windows 8 via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard with detailed operating steps. Please note the free Standard edition only enables you to migrate OS between MBR disk. If the destination disk is of GPT, you can convert GPT to MBR before migration, or you can upgrade to the Professional edition that can migrate Windows OS between MBR and GPT, or GPT and GPT.

Before proceeding:
Connect the destination SSD or HDD to your computer. For desktops with two drive bays, you can install it internally. For laptops with only one drive bay, use an external SATA-to-USB adapter, dock or enclosure to connect the secondary drive.
The destination SSD/HDD should be large enough to hold the Windows 8 partition on the source disk. If it isn’t, you can free up space on the Windows 8 partition by removing some unnecessary apps and shrink system partition to fit.

Step 1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Click on “Migrate OS to SSD” and read the introduction.

Migrate OS To SSD

Step 2. Select the destination hard drive. If there is a partition(s) on it, tick “I want to delete all partitions on the disk 2 to migrate system to the disk” and make “Next” clickable.

Select Disk Space

Step 3. Now, you can change the system partition size and drive letter on the new drive.

Resize Partition

Step 4. Read the note on how to boot from the destination disk if necessary.

Boot Note

Step 5. Click “Apply” to start migration Windows 8 to new hard drive.

Apply

The final step is to restart your computer, enter BIOS and change boot order to boot computer from the destination disk.

Change Boot Order

Summary

As you can see above, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is powerful Windows 8 migration software. Apart from OS migration functions, it also comes with many other amazing features such as moving partition, copying partition to another hard drive, merging partitions and so on.

Moreover, if you want to install your customized Windows 8/8.1 on removable USB flash drive and external hard drives to boot it from other computers, you can try the “Windows To Go Creator” that helps you to create a portable Windows USB device with system disc/ISO and even the current system. To migrate Server OS to another hard disk, please try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server instead.