How To Migrate OS On HDD To SSD

How To Migrate OS On HDD To SSD

October 11, 2018 0 By David Cheong

It’s about time to get faster loading, faster startup with a Solid State Disk also know as SSD. Now its time to move or migrate your OS in HDD to a new SSD. Before doing so, things you should check first and prepare,

  1. Make sure that on your Windows OS drive, the capacity needed is lower than the SSD otherwise you won’t be able to migrate to it, or there is a harder way to migrate it. For example, Original Windows OS drive, total Storage is 1TB, while total used is below 230GB, then you will need to have at least 256GB above.
  2. Your motherboard, or laptop support which type of SSD.
  3. Always BACKUP your important Data files to a external storage before doing migrating process.
  4. Not connected to internet or disconnect internet access after downloaded the required software to do the migration. (Avoid any updates while in the middle of updates. Rare case, but better be safe than sorry.)
  5. DISABLE any Anti-virus software, to speed up the process of migration.
  6. DISABLE screen saver and Power Saving Mode from sleeping.

Assuming that you have done the above checklist, and the SSD is placed inside your desktop / laptop, you can start with below guide.

  1. Download the software EaseUS ToDo Backup Free. Its free to download and with limited function can be use, but still, good enough for migrating it. Install it once it has finished download.
  2. After installing the software, do not launch it. Right-Click on the icon This PC on your desktop, and select Manage. Click Yes, if there is any pop up asking for permission after you have select the Manage. Computer Management will be launched. Click on Disk Management. Immediately, Windows detected a new storage which is your SSD, and will asked to Initialize Disk. Tick / Choose GPT (GUID Partition Table) Windows 10 need this table to be able to boot or start. And then click OK. If you notice your SSD has 2 partitions on it, make sure you Resize / Re-partition it to 1 drive, as for some users, they may encounter error half way migrating the OS, but not all. To save time, check our post on How To Resize A Partition On A Hard Disk to delete or resize it into 1 partition. Not all SSD have 2 partition on first use, but for some yes, they might have 2 partitions.
  3. After you have done the Initialize Disk and Resize, close the Computer Management. Disable Internet access and Disable any Anti-Virus software, and Disable Screen Saver or Power Saving.
  4. Launch EaseUS ToDo Backup Free, click on Clone after it has launched.
  5. On the first screen, select the source Hard Disk, which you want to Clone / Migrate from and click Next.
  6. Next screen, Select the SSD which you want to Clone / Migrate / Transfer to, and click Next.
  7. And then on the next screen, check if both selected HDD and SSD is correct, if yes, click on Proceed. This might take few minutes to few hours depends on how big is the storage you want to move.
  8. Once complete, restart your Windows, and make sure you reboot to BIOS at first run, check if the SSD is being the primary boot or first boot in the BIOS.

That’s it, now your Windows is running or boot up from SSD instead of your HDD. If you are sure that all files and systems is running on SSD, you can delete those that is in the old HDD, and make use of it as a backup, or data storing.