By AOMEI / Last Updated April 13, 2017

About Crucial SSD

Nowadays, if the vast majority of users and system manufacturers still choose hard drives as the storage medium due to their efficiency and affordability, in term of speed hard drives have been supplanted by a more dazzling technology: solid-state drives, which is also known as SSDs.

SSDs are based on NAND flash memory, so they use magnetized platters rather than the spinning. This lets them access their data far more quickly than can hard drive, which have to physically track down the information you’re looking for. For example, if you have Windows 10 installed on an SSD rather than a hard drive, your PC may boot up in seconds rather than a minute or so. This saves a large amount of time in accumulation. Isn’t this impressive?

Among all kinds of SSDs, Crucial SSD is the one with reputation and a good choice. Because since the earliest days of solid state drives, they’ve developed and manufactured cutting-edge NAND flash memory technology, the building block of SSDs. And with 35 years of experience in the memory industry, they have learned a lot about SSDs.

How to install a Crucial SSD?

Once you decide to replace your hard drive with a Crucial SSD, you can either migrate OS to Crucial SSD or clone hard drive. No matter which way you choose, you should connect your Crucial SSD to your PC at the first place:

1. Connect with USB:here USB means the USB to SATA adapter, which allows you to connect the Crucial SSD as an external drive so that you can clone hard drive to Crucial SSD via USB. After you have done, just remove the internal hard drive and replace it with the Crucial SSD. This is very useful when your PC only contains one drive bay. Or you need to create HDD image, then remove HDD, install SSD, and restore image to SSD.

2. Install as a secondary disk: nowadays, most laptops already have two drive bays built-in and it’s easy for you to add a Crucial SSD as a secondary disk, in this way, you can directly migrate OS to Crucial SSD without cable. And this is similar to clone HDD to SSD without SATA to USB cable.

How to migrate OS to Crucial SSD?

After you have installed a Crucial SSD to your PC as a secondary disk, the most important operation comes - migrate OS to Crucial SSD. To ensure that the operation is successful, we recommend you a professional Crucial SSD migration software - AOMEI Backupper. It supports all Windows editions of both 32 bit and 64 bit. Next, we’ll show to how to migrate OS to Crucial SSD.

1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “System Clone” under “Clone” tab. (If you are a new user to free AOMEI Backupper, you should unlock the feature first.)

System Clone

2. Sometimes users don't know which partitions need to be selected so that the system will be bootable after cloning. Therefore, the program is designed to automatically select source partitions for you. Here, you just need to select the Crucial SSD as the new location and then click "Next" to continue.

Select Location

3. Now comes the operation summary window. If you confirm the operations, please click "Start Clone" to migrate OS to Crucial SSD.

Operation Summary

Tips: You can tick the "Sector by sector clone" option to copy all sectors of system partition no matter whether it is used or not, but it will take much more time. Here, "Align partition to optimize for SSD" option is highly recommended to improve the performance because your destination disk is an SSD.

4. When the system clone progress reaches to 100%, please click "Finish to exit the interface.


As you see, just within several simple steps you achieve to migrate OS to Crucial SSD. If you want to transfer system drive along with data partitions to your Crucial SSD, please choose "Disk Clone".