How to Transfer/Move Files from SSD to HDD in Windows 10/8/7?

To improve computer performance, many users choose to use SSD for OS and HDD for storage. They want to transfer files from SSD to HDD. If you are one of them, read this article carefully to get the easiest way.


by Delia Updated on September 7, 2023

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When to transfer files from SSD to HDD?

Solid State Drive (SSD) is known for better running performance than Hard Drive Disk (HDD) in Windows. Therefore, more and more users migrate the OS to SSD from HDD to experience faster running speed. They might install all the programs on the SSD at the same time. There is an option for users to redirect the installation path during the installation process, yet many users probably ignore it.

As time goes by, the files and folders of applications grow larger and larger like rolling a snowball. The SSD with a small capacity is running out of space while the HDD with a large size has much redundant space. It results in bad computer performance in the end. Users are in desperate need of moving files from SSD to HDD.

Maybe you have to transfer files out of other reasons. Whichever reason it might be, it’s time to figure out how to transfer files from SSD to HDD.

Move Files from SSD to HDD

How to transfer data from SSD to HDD?

If your SSD has more than two partitions, which means your OS partition is separated from the data partitions. You can clone data partitions to the HDD and format those partitions on SSD to free up space. But if you have only one partition (system partition) on the SSD, then you need to try another way.

If you are clear about what takes up a lot of space on SSD, for instance, videos or photos, you can use Windows utility “Copy” and “Paste” to move files and folders to the HDD. The flaw of this utility is you need to manually operate every time. If there are too many folders that need to be transferred, this method could be time-consuming.

Luckily, some 3rd party programs make up for this tiny flaw with their powerful features, and AOMEI Backupper is one of them.

The feature, File Sync in that software, allows you to auto transfer files and folders with several clicks. It will synchronize files and folders automatically with a schedule to the HDD, and the destination location also could be external hard drives, removable USB flash drives, NAS or network shared folders.

And not only files, you can use the System Backup & Restore feature to transfer Windows to another drive.

AOMEI Backupper supports all popular Windows OS, and the Standard version is free of charge. Download it and learn how to move files from SSD to HDD in Windows 11/10/8/7.

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Transfer files from SSD to HDD with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select Sync and then Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the folders that you want to transfer from the SSD to the HDD.

Add Folder

Step 3. Select the HDD as the destination path. Then click Start Sync.

Select Destination


  • Options: you can write a comment for this file synchronization to distinguish it from others, as well as enable email notification to inform you whether the sync operation is successful.

  • Schedule: you can set the sync task to run automatically at fixed intervals, such as daily, weekly, or monthly.


Transferring files from SSD to HDD could be easy if you use the right tool. Actually, AOMEI Backupper is comprehensive software, and you can find all its features from the interface. If you select Backup, you may find System Backup, Disk Backup, and Partition/Volume Backup, etc. The utility, Create Bootable Rescue Media under Home > Tools could be very helpful when your PC fails to boot out of unknown reasons.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.