By Cherry / Last Updated October 28, 2019

Why need to migrate OS?

Migrate OS isn't strange to computer users. People usually migrate OS from one PC to another computer to save a lot of time of installing system. It has a great advantage for companies that they can install a system for one computer and migrate the OS to the rest computers instead of installing system.

Many people will purchase a new computer when their original computer became old. But they may still like their old operating system and applications so that they want to use the same operating system and the old data. Thus, migrate the OS from the old computer to the new one could solve a big trouble if the two computer has the same mainboard. You don’t have to waste time to install a new computer and new applications.

People also like to migrate OS from HDD to SSD. Users may all know that the SSD has better properties than HDD. For example, SSD has a larger volume and runs a faster speed that the HDD cannot reach on. Because of this, users want to change their HDD to SSD to get a better performance.

How to migrate OS?

No matter what reason makes you want to migrate OS, or wherever you want to migrate the OS, you need to make an exactly copy of your operating system. To migrate OS, here we highly recommend you AOMEI Backupper, a freeware that can help you migrate OS from one place to another place. For example, if you want to migrate Windows 7 system to a new hard drive, Windows 7 system clone would be helpful.

Migrate OS with AOMEI Backupper, you need to prepare something first: you need to prepare A hard drive disk(HDD) or a solid state drive(SSD). It depends on where you want to migrate the OS to.

To migrate OS with AOMEI Backupper, you need to prepare something first:

  • You need to prepare A hard drive disk (HDD) or a solid state drive(SSD). It depends on where you want to migrate the OS to. Plug it to your computer and make sure that the HDD or SSD you prepared can be detected.

  • Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Use it to create a system image, remember where you had stored the system image on.

After all the things done, you need to restore the OS to the HDD/SSD where you want to migrate the OS on.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click Restore and Select Task. If there is no backup image listed, you could back to the main page and click Select Image File.

Select Task

Step 2. Click the system backup in the list and Hit Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 3. Tick Restore this system backup and Restore system to other location, then click Next.

Restore Entire System Image

Step 4. Then, select destination disk for your image and click Next. preview the oepration summary and click Start Restore. When the progress reaches 100%, you can click Finish to exit. So far, you have already migrate OS to the hard drive successfully and you can boot from the new hard drive directly.

Select Destination

Step 5. Preview the oepration summary and click Start Restore. When the progress reaches 100%, you can click Finish to exit. So far, you have already migrate OS to the hard drive successfully and you can boot from the new hard drive directly.

Notes:

  • You can set up more for your restore, like edit partition size on the destination disk, or restore system to dissimilar hardware,but those two operations need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional, so that you can use without limitation.

  • If you are restoring to an SSD, you can check the box of "Align partition to optimize for SSD", which is designed for clone/migrate OS to SSD. It will optimize for SSD so that it will get a better performance after cloning.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a powerful free software for you to migrate OS for Windows 10/8.8/8/7/Vista/XP. Besides, it provides wide functions more than it. Such as backup & restore system/partition/disk/files/folders, create bootable media, etc. AOMEI Backupper Professional provides you more funtions, for example you can migrate OS to SSD only with easier and simpler steps. It is worth to hold one.