By AOMEI / Last Updated March 31, 2015

Upgrade system HDD to SSD is a popular necessity

As time goes by, technology has taken itself off. Especially, computer technology and its related fields have brought themselves on the express train of development. From a micro view, computer data storage disk have upgraded from HDD to SSD to gain higher read and write speed. Also, SSD saves electric power and generates much less noise.

Either to improve their experiences using hard disks, or just keep up with the trends (we can’t deny that we have some users who want to catch more people’s eyes), many people have already replace their HDD with new SSD or are planning to do so. And, I believe that among these users, there are not few whose operating system is Windows 8 or 8.1. So, move Windows 8 or 8.1 to ssd is necessary.

Clone is the best way to achieve upgrade work

“What is the matter if I want to give my hard drive a change and I’m currently on Win 8?” Yes, nothing goes wrong, but if you don’t know how to move Windows 8 to SSD, it does be a problem. Reinstall OS on the new SSD? You’d better not do that since it won’t be an easy course. Besides much time consumption, you will probably need to re-enter activation key to reuse your system. If you don’t remember the key and can’t find it anywhere, I’m afraid that you have to rob your pocket to buy a new system. Even you are willing to do so, troubles seem still don’t want to give you up. An entire new system without your specialization puts you back on the starting line. You have to personalize your new system again……

Windows is a powerful OS brand. It always comes out with a solution for problem related to itself or computer. For this one, it also gives a way out. You can take advantage of system backup and restoration to migrate Windows 8 to SSD. It means that you need to first backup your system and then restore it to new SSD. Between these two tasks, you need a place to temporarily save the system image file and this place should not be small in size. Apart from that, there are many limitations or shortcomings for Windows self-contained backup and recovery.

Then, is there a method to easily transfer Window 8 /8.1 from old HDD to new SSD? This is not a new requirement and its solution has already been used for thousands of times. Yes, it is “system clone”, an easy and safe way to help you export Windows system out to other places, including SSD. Compared with system backup and restoration, it only needs one task to achieve the movement and there’s no need of extra storage space. Therefore, clone is the best way to upgrade hard drives.

Use FREE AOMEI Backupper Standard to clone Windows 8

Until here, we know that system clone can help us migrate Win 8 system to SSD. Yet, where can we find the function. Now that it doesn’t be included by Windows itself, it must be a utility of a third party software. As we all know, 3rd party programs are always remedies to Windows. Still, there are many programs which contain system clone feature; which one should we choose? Actually, it all depends on you. Searching the Internet and referring to media/user comments, you will find Free AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good choice. With its intuitive user interface and easy operations, you can quickly transfer Windows 8 as well as applications/data on system partition to your new 1TB Seagate SSD, for example, without any problem.

System Clone

Of course, this software supports all brands of ssd, Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, etc; all sizes: 240gb, 512gb, 1tb or more than 2tb. And, apart from Windows 8/8.1, it can also clone Windows 7/XP/Vista and the new released Windows 10. Besides system clone, it can also clone the entire disk or specified partition, backup and restore system/disk/files/folders/partition, manage backup images, start client computers within LAN from network, move system from one computer to another with different configurations, etc.

If you want to know detail steps for system clone, please refer to the following articles.


Note: Many people are confused by what feature to use for system migration, system clone or (system/ C:) partition clone. Actually, it depends on your system, if your system is installed on C partition and there’s a system reserved partition (some Window 7 systems, Win 8 and its later systems), only system clone can completely move your system to new place; otherwise, the moved system may not work. If your system is other version, both system clone and partition clone are OK. Essentially, the key is whether you clone all the files and data of a system or not.