How to transfer Windows to an SSD without reinstalling

Many Microsoft users want to switch their operating systems from HDD to SSD due to the need to use a large amount of disk space after upgrading to Windows 10. In this post, will show you how to migrate Windows 10 to another hard drive like an SSD.


Before you move Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling the operating system, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Prepare an SSD as the destination. Please note that the storage capacity of an SSD cannot be less than the space used by the source drive.

2. Owning a cloning software. Best SSD cloning software article for Windows 10 - MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard

If you want your computer to boot quickly, just move Windows 10 to SSD by copying the system hard drive with the help of drive cloning software. If you are looking for such a program, MiniTool Partition Wizard is a good choice.

With MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can resize partitions, recover lost partitions, rebuild MBRs, clone drives, move operating systems, and more. If you need to move Windows 10 to a new hard drive, such as an SSD, give this software a try.

  1. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard

How to convert Windows 10 to SSD

Step 1: Run the MiniTool Partition Wizard to transfer the operating system to SSD

1. Prepare an SSD as the destination and connect it to the computer.

2. Launch this PC cloning software to its main interface. Then you will see all the hard drives in the PC are listed here.

3. Select "Migrate OS to SSD / HD" from the "Wizard" menu to convert Windows 10 to SSD.

Step 2: Choose a method to convert Windows 10 to SSD

There are two scrolling modes. Just select the one you need to move Windows 10 to SSD without losing data.

1. If you want to replace the system drive with an SSD, select the first mode. The function of this option is similar to the "Copy Disk" feature.

2. Some of you may be asking how to move Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling the system. Here, the second mode is suitable because it only copies the necessary partitions of the system to the new hard drive or SSD.

Step 3: Select the destination drive

1. Choose to move Windows 10 to a new hard drive like an SSD.

2. Here, note that all data of the destination drive will be deleted during the migration. So make sure the drive does not contain important files.

Step 4: Review the changes

1. Select the copy mode, "Fit partitions to entire disk" or "Copy partitions without resizing" .

2. Check "Align partitions to 1MB" for SSD. If you want to use GPT as the partition type for SSDs, please select "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk" .

3. In the image below, you can review all the changes made.

Tip : MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition can move the operating system from hard drive to SSD with MBR partition type. If the target SSD accepts GUID Partition Table (GPT), please use Professional Edition because Free Edition does not support Windows to GPT migration.

Step 5: Read the boot note

A note will appear and tell you how to boot from the target drive.

Tip : To get the best SSD performance, you can configure the boot order in the BIOS to boot the operating system from the new drive.

Step 6: Apply all changes

Perform the operating system migration by clicking the "Apply" button .

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