By Jessie / Last update October 28, 2022

User Case

“I have a 450GB HDD and I just got a Micron C400 (Crucial M4) that is 512GB. I want to know what is the most effective and wise way to get my system files and personal data transferred over to my SSD?”

To migrate a small amount of personal data from HDD to SSD, you can use the Copy and Paste function. If you would like to transfer system files, or both system files and personal files, you could use the cloning feature of a reliable cloning software which will help you transfer everything from the old hard drive to the new SSD.

Reasons for Transferring Data from HDD to SSD

Nowadays, more and more people prefer to transfer data including operating and personal files from HDD to SSD, mainly because of the following reasons.

  • Faster speed: SSDs have faster reading and writing speeds than traditional hard drives. So transferring data to SSD means you can enjoy faster running and booting speeds when you use the computer.
  • Less energy consumption: SSDs consume less power, which helps to increase the life of the battery.
  • Better user experience: SSDs have no moving parts so that it has little noise, which can improve the user experience.
  • More durable: SSDs are more durable than HDDs.

How to Transfer Data from HDD to SSD in Windows 10

Next, I will introduce two easy ways about how to transfer windows 10 from HDD to SSD without losing data. You can choose to manually transfer personal data to the new SSD one by one using Windows Copy and Paste function. If you want an easier method, you can choose a reliable cloning software that will automatically clone all the data on the HDD to the new SSD with just a few simple steps. You can choose according to your needs.

Method 1. Transfer Data from HDD to SSD using Copy and Paste

If you need to transfer data from HDD to SSD, the first thing comes to your mind is probably the Copy and Paste function of Windows. It allows you to transfer data between different disks. You just need to find the file you want to transfer, right-click on it and select the Copy or Cut option. Then go to the SSD partition, right-click on a blank space and select Paste.


However, you should pay attention to some things when using this feature. When you transfer regular files, it can be very annoying and time-consuming if they are in different directories of a partition. If you transfer system files or program files, you may encounter the situation they can't work as before after transferring to the SSD.

Therefore, this method is only suitable for transferring a small amount of data. If you need to transfer a large amount of data or you want to transfer everything including operating system and system files from HDD to SSD, you can use the next method - disk clone with cloning software. It can help you to do the mass data transfer quickly.

Method 2. Transfer Data from HDD to SSD using AOMEI Backupper

Compared to Copy and Paste, disk clone is more convenient when you need to transfer large amounts of data quickly. You can choose a professional and safe cloning software to help you. AOMEI Backupper Professional is a good choice. It has the advantages below:

Multiple clone types: It supports not only Disk Clone, but also System Clone and Partition Clone.
Secure Boot: It allows you to directly boot the computer from the SSD after cloning.
Intelligent Clone: It can clone a larger HDD to a smaller SSD easily, because it will only clone the used sector by default.
Live Clone: The clone tasks can work in the background so that you don’t need to close any programs when you transfer data from HDD to SSD.
SSD Alignment: It will improve the performance of your target SSD and prolong its lifespan.
Different storage paths: It allows you to clone the disk to local disk, external drive, SSD, HDD, NAS, USB, etc.
Multiple SSD brands: You can use the software to transfer data from HDD to Samsung SSD as well as other brands, such as Crucial, Kingston, WD, etc.
Various operating systems: It supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista.

Then, you can follow the steps below to transfer data from HDD to SSD. Before you start cloning, you should do some preparation work first.

  • Connect your target SSD to your computer and make sure it can be organized. If you want to transfer data from HDD to SSD laptop, you need to prepare SATA to USB adaptor. You can backup your system and then restore it to migrate OS to SSD in windows 10 easily.
  • If you have any important files, please backup them in advance, because the data of the target disk will be erased after cloning.
  • Download the professional cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional and then install it.
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Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional. Then click Clone > Disk Clone.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Choose the HDD as the source disk.

Choose Source Disk 2

Step 3. Choose your SSD as the destination disk.

Choose Destination Unallocated HDD

Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment option, because it will accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD. Then click Start Clone to transfer data from HDD to SSD.

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  • Edit Partitions: You can use this function to resize partitions on the destination disk. 
  • Sector By Sector Clone: If your destination disk is equal to or larger than the source disk, you can tick this option. It will clone all sectors of the source disk for you, whether it has been used or not. And this function is supported by the pro version.


This article introduces you 2 methods of transferring data from HDD to SSD. You can choose the Windows Copy and Paste function, which is suitable for small amounts of data transfer, and you need to be aware of the problems such as transferring files from different directories will take a lot of time or the system files may not work properly after transferring.

Or you can choose an easier way, which is to clone HDD to SSD with AOMEI Backupper. This method can help you transfer a large amount of data quickly and ensure that you can use your operating system and applications normally on the target disk after successful cloning, and you can access your data anytime.

In addition, it also supports cloning dynamic disk and many other useful features. You can download this software and explore it by yourself.