By Delia / Last update August 4, 2021

Case: migrate Lenovo OS to SSD

Hello! I'm about to order a Lenovo y520 (i5 2.8, 8GB, 1050, 1TB HDD) and a Samsung EVO 960. I want to know how to migrate the OS to the SSD when I get everything.

Such questions are not uncommon nowadays, because as you know, many computers still come with HDDs while SSDs have better data accessing speed, hence the need to migrate OS to SSD in Lenovo laptops as well as other PCs.

Solid state drive, SSD for short, is a commonly used internal drive for operating system. Unlike HDD (hard disk drive) that uses rotating metal disks with magnetic coating, SSD has no mechanical or movable parts. Installing OS on SSD can lead to faster operation, stronger durability, and lower power consumption. 

Therefore, more and more people would rather move Windows to SSD no matter for greater capacity or better performance. But exactly how can you clone Lenovo OS to SSD?

Lenovo Laptop

How to clone OS to SSD in Lenovo with ease (2 ways)?

Normally, there are two possible scenarios for Lenovo system migration:

◆ Replace the old hard drive with a new SSD
You may want to transfer not only the system but also data partitions on the disk.
◆ Use SSD as an OS drive and keep the old disk as a secondary storage
You may want to clone only OS to SSD.

No matter which case you are in, whether you're using a ThinkPad or whatever, moving Windows to SSD is not as easy as ordinary copy & paste since many complicated system files are involved. 

One common approach is to install OS on the new SSD, which is time-consuming and requires an installation CD or other bootable media. Another is Windows system image backup, with which you can try to image Windows to SSD, but with a high probability of failure.

In this case you may wonder, is there a way to transfer Windows to SSD in Lenovo more directly?

Well, with the assistance of reliable software, the answer is yes. I’d like to recommend you a tool here that can clone OS to SSD no matter in Lenovo laptops like ThinkPad or other brands of PCs. It will directly make a copy of your Windows or even all partitions to the destination disk, which can greatly simplify the process of migration. And since it has both free edition and advanced edition, you can make the choice according to your actual needs.

Method 1.    Clone Lenovo system disk to SSD for free

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a freeware with complete features to protect you data. It enables you to clone an entire hard disk to another for free. That is to say, your operating system along with all the partitions on the source disk will be copied to the destination SSD at once. And with the default intelligent clone mode, only the used sectors will be cloned - this enables you to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD.

This approach is more suitable for people who wants to migrate all the data on the disk, or wants to clone Lenovo to SSD free of charge. Download it to have a try.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, select Disk Clone under Clone tab.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the disk you want to clone as the source disk, hit Next button.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Choose the SSD as the destination disk, click Next to continue.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Here in Operation Summary, you can Edit Partition, check SSD Alignment (recommended) or Sector by Sector Clone if needed, then confirm your operation and click Start Clone to begin the process.

Edit Partition - adjust the partition size (available in paid editions).
SSD Alignment - tick this option will accelerate the reading and writing speed for solid state drive while performing HDD to SSD clone.
Sector by Sector Clone - clone all the sectors including the blank or logically bad ones. It will take longer time than usual. Please don't tick it unless your destination disk is larger.

Start Clone

Step 5. Wait till the cloning ends, click Finish to quit the wizard.

Step 6. Restart Lenovo and enter BIOS to set the cloned SSD as the first boot disk to launch Windows.


  • If you want to migrate Lenovo OS to SSD for free, you can try System Backup. It requires you to create a backup image at first and then recover it to the destination SSD.

  • This software also applies to copy USB to USB, replace hard drive in ASUS laptop, clone hard drive in Windows 10, etc.

  • AOMEI Backupper Standard supports cloning system disk from MBR to MBR. But to clone a disk containing OS from MBR to GPT , GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT, you should upgrade to paid editions at first. Alternatively, you can convert the disk to MBR or GPT in Disk Management to unify their types.

Method 2.    Clone only OS to SSD in Lenovo easily

If you want to clone only OS to SSD in Lenovo instead of all partitions on the disk, the System Clone provided by AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions can be a better choice. It allows you to copy Windows to SSD or other disk within several simple clicks, while other files unrelated to system won’t be cloned.

It’s not free, but literally the most direct way.

Step 1. Upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and launch it, click Clone to choose System Clone.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Your OS will be automatically selected as the source, so you only need to choose the SSD as destination. Click Next to continue.

Choose Destination Partition

Step 3. Confirm your operation and check SSD Alignment (recommended) or Sector by Sector Clone as you need. Click Start Clone to begin system cloning.

System Clone Preview Both Checked

Step 4. When the process is over, restart your computer and launch Windows with the cloned SSD.


  • The destination SSD will be formatted after cloning. If you’ve got some files stored on it, don’t forget to create a backup at first.

  • If you want to erase the original hard drive and then use it as secondary storage of Lenovo, you can go to Tools tab and use Disk Wipe feature to wipe it.


AOMEI Backupper enables you to clone OS to SSD in Lenovo laptops and other PCs easily. Whether you want to migrate Windows 10/8/7 to a larger or smaller drive, your requirements will be satisfied through a simple and quick process. You can even clone hard drive on Windows Server with the Server edition.