Surface Pro 3 Upgrade SSD: Move OS and Files to a Larger SSD

If you are looking for a way to upgrade SSD on your Surface Pro 3, follow the comprehensive guide below. Everything on the old SSD will be transferred to the new SSD.


By Lily Updated on May 7, 2024

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About Surface Pro 3 embedded SSD

Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's third iteration of the Surface-series 2-in-1 detachable. Initially powered by the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system (OS), it eventually offered an optional upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro OS.

All Surface Pro 3 models come with a replaceable mSATA 6.0 Gpbs SSD. Upgrading the SSD in a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 can significantly improve performance and storage capacity. Then, how to do Surface Pro 3 SSD upgrade? Please read on.

Preparations for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 SSD upgrade

To get ready to upgrade the SSD on your Microsoft Surface Pro 3, you need:

  • T3 Torx screwdriverT4 Torx screwdriveropening picksplastic cards, and a spudger.
  • A compatible mSATA SSD for your Surface Pro 3.
  • A specialized disk clone tool – AOMEI Backupper Professional.
AOMEI Backupper
Easy Hard Drive and SSD Cloning Software
  • System Clone: Clone only system-related partitions to another place, including C drive, system reserved partition and EFI system partition.

  • Disk Clone: Copy all data from one disk to another. The two disks can be of different partition styles and different sizes. That is, you can clone an MBR disk to GPT or clone an SSD to a larger SSD, etc.

  • Partition Clone: Copy a specific partition to another. Various file systems are supported: NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, etc.

How to replace SSD on Surface Pro 3

Replacing the SSD on a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 requires careful attention to detail and precision. Learn how to do it below:

Step 1. Transfer data from old SSD to new SSD

1. Connect the new SSD to your Surface Pro 3 via an mSATA to USB adapter.

2. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click Clone and choose the Disk Clone option.

Disk Clone

3. Select your Surface Pro 3 SSD as the source disk and the new SSD as the target disk.

Source Disk

4. Check the SSD Alignment option to improve the destination SSD’s performance. Finally, click Start Clone to initiate the cloning process.

Start Clone

Step 2. Swap old SSD for new SSD

1. Disassemble the Device:

  • Discharge the battery below 25% to prevent accidents.
  • Heat the screen perimeter using a heat pad, heat gun, or hair dryer to soften the adhesive.
  • Use a suction cup or an iSclack to create a gap between the glass and the metal frame.

Use iSclack

  • Insert an opening pick and slide it around the sides and bottom of the display to cut the adhesive.

Insert Opening Picks

  • Continue heating and prying until the screen is loose.
  • Lift the screen carefully to avoid damaging wires.

2. Disconnect Components:

  • Remove the T3 Torx screw securing the battery connector and disconnect it.
  • Remove the T3 Torx screw securing the display cable and disconnect it.

3. Access the SSD:

  • Locate the mSATA SSD (usually near the top edge).
  • Remove the T4 Torx screw securing the SSD.
  • Carefully lift the SSD out of its slot.

4. Install the New SSD:

  • Insert the new mSATA SSD into the same slot.
  • Secure it with the T4 Torx screw.
  • Reconnect the display cable and battery connector.

Step 3. Reassemble the device and test

1. Press the screen back into place, ensuring no wires are torn.

2. Apply adhesive strips if needed.

3. Reattach the screen by pressing it down firmly.

4. Replace the screws and connectors.

5. Turn on your Surface Pro 3 and check if it recognizes the new SSD. If successful, you’ve upgraded your SSD!

FAQs about Surface Pro 3 hard drive upgrade

Q1: Can I upgrade the hard drive on my Surface Pro 3?

A1: Yes, you can upgrade the SSD (Solid State Drive) on your Surface Pro 3, but it requires some technical skill and careful handling.

Q2: What type of SSD does the Surface Pro 3 use?

A2: The Surface Pro 3 uses an mSATA SSD. When upgrading, ensure you purchase a compatible SSD with the correct form factor and interface.

Q3: Can I clone my existing SSD to the new one?

A3: Yes, you can use cloning software to transfer the contents of your existing SSD to the new one before installing it. This can help you retain your data and settings without the need for a fresh installation of the operating system and applications.

Q4: Are there any risks associated with upgrading the SSD?

A4: Yes, there are risks involved, including damaging internal components, voiding warranties, and data loss if not done correctly. It's essential to follow instructions carefully and consider seeking assistance from a professional if you're not confident in your abilities.


That’s all about how to do Surface Pro 3 upgrade SSD. You need to remove the screen first which is really difficult if you have no experience. Follow the instructions in this article carefully.

To avoid reinstalling Windows and all your apps after hard drive replacement, you can move OS and files from the old SSD to the new SSD with the help of AOMEI Backupper. In addition to disk clone, it also enables you to backup external hard drive to another external hard drive. Try it now to discover more!

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.