Migrate OS to Kingston SSD without Reinstalling | 4 Easy Steps

You will find the best way to migrate OS to Kingston SSD with the Kingston SSD cloning software, only a simple clicks, and ensure it’s bootable after cloning.


by Ivy Updated on May 9, 2024

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Why migrate OS to Kingston SSD?

Speaking of Kingston SSD, it’s one of the most famous SSD in the world, which offer different SSDs for different users, and you can choose Kingston SSD among KC2500, DC1000M, DC 1000B, DC500, KC600, A2000, A400, etc.

As we all know, SSD is more durable, faster, cooler, lighter than the traditional hard drive (HDD). Therefore, you might want to migrate OS to Kingston SSD with the following reasons:

  • No re-installation and data loss. Kingston migrating OS to SSD could save your time, because it will include everything on the system partition. While for the OS reinstallation, it only leaves you a fresh version of the Windows system and you need to spend much time reinstalling all the programs, cutomized drivers, etc. And you may lose your data if you don't backup it in advance.  

  • Migrate OS to Kingston SSD to get better performance, such as, faster boot time respond.

  • Use HDD as storage device after Kingstone OS migration. In this case, your hard drive is functional, thus you don't want to abandon it. The best way is to use SSD as OS and HDD for storage. 

  • Assembling computer by yourself. Or got a new computer and a Kingston SSD recently, and you don’t like the pre-installed Operating System.

Does Kingston SSD Have Data Migration Software?

As a matter of fact, some of the Kingston SSDs comes along with Kingston SSD migration software - Acronis True Image OEM software, you need to activate the software with the activation key included in the Kingston SSD products. Then, you can use it to clone operating system to Kingston SSD with given instructions.

However, you should be aware of the Acronis clone disk operation failed error while cloning. It is caused by the issue in the Acronis True Image and you can choose to upgrade to the latest build. It's said to be working for many users. 

Acronis for Kingston SSD Cloning Fails

If you cannot fix this issue, you still can use other Kingston SSD cloning software to migrate OS. AOMEI Backupper Professional is a great choice due to its more compatibility and stability. It allows you to migrate OS to Kingstone SSD in simple steps and boot from it successfully after cloning.

Best Kingston SSD Migration Software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is one of the best Kingston SSD cloning software for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista and allows you to perform Kingstone OS migration easily and safely. Also, it applies to other SSD disk, such as, SanDisk SSD, Samsung SSD, Seagate SSD, etc. It provides you with 2 ways to migrate OS to Kingston SSD without reinstalling, and ensure it’s bootable, namely, System Clone and Disk Clone.

  • System Clone: This feature include OS, installed programs, personal data etc on the system partition. You can clone OS between two MBR or GPT disks, or from MBR to GPT and vice versa.

  • Disk Clone: This feature clone entire disk including system partition and non-system partition. You can use it to perform Kingston migrate HDD to SSD.

As for how to choose between them, you can consider the items you want to backup and check the disk space of Kingston SSD. And both of them supports optimizing the SSD performance and prolong the lifespan of it. 

Then, please download the comprehensive Kingston data migration software - AOMEI Backupper Professional to have a try. 

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(PS: The Clone features in free trial can only be demonstrated, please upgrade before using it.)

How to Migrate OS to Kingston SSD in Windows 11/10/8/7

Before you start to migrate OS to Kingstone SSD, check the following items and make preparations:

  • Slim down your OS: remove Internet history info, cookies, temp files, other junk ,etc.

  • Defrag disk: it is a good habit to defrag the file system before migration. Click on the Start menu and type in defrag, when you see the option for Disk Defragment, click on it and run the tool to tidy up the disk.

  • Backup important files on the Kingston SSD disk before migration. The Kingston SSD will be rewritten during the cloning operation, thus if there are any data, it will be deleted as well.

  • Connect your Kingston SSD to computer and make sure it can be detected, and ensure the size of the Kingston SSD can hold all the data from the HDD if you are cloning larger disk to smaller one.

After making preparations for Kingston OS migration, you can continue to see steps below. Here take System Clone as an example.

Step 1. Perform the Kingston SSD migration software - AOMEI Backupper, select “Clone” -> “System Clone”.

Choose System Clone

Step 2Choose the Kingston SSD as destination disk, then press the “Next” button to continue.

Choose Destination Disk

★Tip: The AOMEI Backupper will select all the partitions associated with system files, boot files by default, including system C partition, system reserved partition, Recovery partition, EFI system partition (if exist), etc. So don’t worry which partition you should choose from.

Step 3. Tick “SSD Alignment” to optimize the reading and writing speed. And then click “Start Clone” to migrate OS to Kingston SSD safely.

System Clone SSD Alignment Checked

★ TipSector by sector clone: To use this feature, you need to ensure the capacity of Kingston SSD is larger than or equal to the size of your system partition. And this operation will take more time, because it will clone all the sectors on the system partition whether used or not.

How to boot from Kingston SSD after cloning:

  • Shut down your computer;

  • Replace the original hard drive with the Kingston SSD;

  • Reboot the computer from the cloned Kingston SSD.


  • Restart the computer to enter the BIOS to set the Kingston SSD disk as first boot device, press F10 save the changes;

Change Boot Order

  • Reboot your computer to boot from the Kingston SSD.

How to fix cloned SSD won't boot issue after cloning:

You can boot from Kingston SSD successfully with the above steps. However, some users report the cloned SSD won’t boot after migration. The causes are different, such as, wrong boot mode, system reserved partition missing, boot files missing, corrupted system, etc.

Below are some helpful tips and you can choose them based on your cause. 

  • Change boot mode from Legacy BIOS to UEFI or vice versa.
  • Clone all sectors of system partition to avoid missing system reserved partition or other boot files.
  • Try Startup Repair in the recovery environment.
  • Use bootrec.exe to repair MBR or BCD error.

The Epilogue

Migrating OS to Kingston SSD is the best way to get better performance. To transfer safely, It’s highly recommended to use the professional Kingston SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. It will help you clone safely and easily, just refer to the instructions. To deploy system image to multiple computer within LAN, please try AOMEI Image Deploy.

Besides System Clone, you still can use Disk Clone feature for Kingstone OS migration. Also, it is a disk cloning software for Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista. Thus, it helps when you want to clone MBR disk to GPT disk or vice versa, clone large HDD to smaller SSD, clone SATA to NVMe, etc. 

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.