How to move Windows 10 to an SSD

Today I am going to show you how to move windows 10 to SSD.

We all know the SSD drives are way faster than HDD and makes the system run fast. Today, I will show you how to upgrade your hard drive to SSD or hybrid drive. This involves moving the operating system with all the data in it to the new drive. Mostly it’s difficult for Windows 10 users, let’s see how to clone and swap your windows 10 install to a new hard drive.

If you are switching drives quite often you need to follow the method. Either you are building up a rig or switching computers, virtualization project is simply not going to work here and you will be paying for the services.

How to move Windows 10 to an SSD

How to move Windows 10 to an SSD

Part 1: Prepare your system

You need to prepare your system before you start copying and moving files. It’s better to clean out your files to make the transition quick. Fortunately, using the cleanup tool in Windows you can do it.

Step 1: Look for “Disk Cleanup” in the Windows search bar and pick the link the appears.

Step 2: You will see a box with a list of file types, which lists all the files and allows you to choose the one’s you want to get rid of. In this case, most file types should be checked, Yon won’t be looking for the temp files, recycle bin data classifications. Therefore, double-check the options and anything you would like to keep.

Step 3: Click “Clean up system files” at the bottom of the window. The also adds some file types which you can delete inducing previous windows installations and so on. These files are heavy in Windows 10 Insider program. The Disk Cleanup tool switches to include system file types, it resets any changes you had made to the file type list in step 2.

Step 4: Start the tool and sweep the gunk to save GBs in moments.

Pick a Migration Tool

As there’s no specific cloning or sweeping tool available in windows 10. Using the third-party apps you can do that. The applications are the backup programs that includes the cloning functions and are specially designed for Windows 10 to move data from old hard drives to SSD. Let’s look at the various tools available.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free: This is the best backup tool with a user-friendly interface and easy to use for both newcomers and Windows power users.

EaseUS Partition Master Professional: This is the best tool for data management and gives you complete control on your migration process. Even you can get the job done in the free trial version.

AOMEI Backupper Standard: This backup solution is another best option for backup and cloning tools for future projects

After choosing any tool from these you can back up your data just to be on the safe side. Open the tool and from the main menu select the backup tool. Then choose the directory to back up your files. It will take some time to complete the process in the migration procedure.

To stay on the safe side, don’t backup your data on the drive you are using for the migration process. You can use any other drive.

Choose your destination drive

Step 1: connect your new drive depending upon the migrating process. You have several options and the most common is SATA. SATA cables are red and have L-shaped connectors. Look for a free slot on your motherboard and then plug the drive into it and a spare power cable coming off your power supply and you are good to go. I hope you know the process of installing a SATA hard drive.

Step 2: Now open the tool/application of backup. From the main menu look for the Migrate OS to SSD/HDD, Clone or simple Migrate option and choose it.

Step 3: You will see a new window that detect the drives which are connected to your computer and require the destination drive. Here you need to choose new SSD with enough room in it. You will be getting enough information in the windows for each drive.

Adjust Partition Sizing

You will be able to customize partitions using the backup tools. You can also delete partitions on the destination drive which can be necessary to do if the drive has been used for different purposes and machines. In case you are not sure, better delete the partitions to be on the safe side.

After the migration process you will get option to choose new partitions. You can take copy without resizing, but avoid doing that. Rather than choose the option to fit and optimize partitions to the new drive “Optimize, Resize” and similar commands you can look for.

From here the cloning wizard will be the responsible. You can start the migration process with a confirmation. In few moments the process will be finished and don’t remove the power cables to avoid the older hard drives to getting overheat.

After the process you can restart your computer and check if everything works. Either restart manually otherwise the tool will ask you once the migration process is complete. You can also delete backup tool then or keep it for data management.

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