How to Restore Windows 10 System Image to a New SSD

Windows 7/8/10 users may want to replace their old HDD with a new SSD. To backup Windows and restore system image to the new SSD would save big trouble.


By Lily Updated on June 28, 2024

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Why restore system image to new SSD?

Hard disk drive (HDD) is the traditional storage device. In the previous days, most computers used it to store data. But as time goes by, people found that the disk could not be enough to store all the data, and it was easy to break. Also, there are some other shortages. 

Later, the solid state drive (SSD) came out. It has overcome many shortages of HDD--safer storage, faster running speed, smaller noise, and so on. Thus, many users want to change their old HDD to SSD to get better performance. Besides, some people change to the new SSD because their old device is broken.

SSD makes the computer perform better. However, they stored very important data on the old storage devices. Those people want to change the device, but do not want to abandon the old data. Is there a way to transfer OS and data from the old storage device to new SSD?

Restore system image to new SSD with AOMEI Backupper🔥

AOMEI Backupper Professional can help people backup and restore system to new SSD in a few clicks. What's more, the inbuilt "Universal Restore" feature ensures a secure boot after recovery. It works well in Windows 11, 10, 8.1/8, 7, Vista and XP.

▶ Preparations

1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper on your computer.

Download Free Trial Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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2. Create a bootable media so that you can run backup and restore operations without loading the operating system. Or you can create a recovery environment to do so.

Create Bootable Media

3. Create a system image with AOMEI Backupper. You may save the system image on an external hard drive or network location.

System Backup

▶ How to restore system image to new SSD

Then, let's get started to restore system image to new SSD with the following steps. Please note that these steps are also applicable to move Windows 10 to a new computer with dissimilar hardware.

Step 1. Replace old HDD with new SSD. Connect the bootable USB drive and the backup disk (if you have saved system image to an external drive) to your computer.

Step 2. Boot your computer from the bootable USB. The AOMEI Backupper’s home interface will be shown at your sight. Click Restore > Select Image File and locate the system image you created before.

Select Image File Winpe

Step 3. Tick Restore this system backup and Restore system to other location, then click Next to continue.

Restore To Other Location

Step 4. Then, you need to select the new SSD to restore the system image to and click Next.

Select Destination

Step 5. Here you can see the operating summary. Tick Universal Restore to ensure a bootable system. If there is no trouble, click Start Restore.

Universal Restore

>> SSD Alignment: this is designed especially for SSD. Here you can tick this box too, because it will improve the performance of your SSD.

✐ Easier way to restore system image without booting into Windows:

Instead of creating system image and bootable media one by one, you can use one key recovery software AOMEI OneKey Recovery to create them simultaneously. It will add a boot menu on the computer as well as a fast key to access it, F11 or A, for example. Then, when your computer is not working, you can press F11 or A to access this software from WinPE and then restore system image with "OneKey System Recovery" option.

OKR Backup

Backup and restore Windows 10 to new SSD with the snap-in tool

Windows systems do have their own backup and restore tool, which can backup system and restore it. Take Windows 10 as an example:

▶ Create Windows 10 system image and system repair disc

1. Connect a CD/DVD and an external drive to your computer. Type “backup” in the search box of the taskbar and select Backup settings from the result list.

2. In the pop-up window, select Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7) >  Create a system image.

Create a System Image

3. Select the external hard drive to save your system image, and then click Next.

Select Destination

4. The drives that are required for Windows to run are included in the backup automatically. Confirm your settings, and then click Start backup.

5. Click Yes when you are asked to create a system repair disc.

Create a System Repair Disc

▶ Restore Windows 10 system image to new SSD

1. Shut down your computer. Replace the old system drive with the new SSD. Make sure the backup disk and system repair disc are still connected.

2. Boot your computer from the system repair disc. When the Windows Setup window appears, click NextRepair your computer.

3. Select Troubleshoot >Advanced options > System Image Recovery > Windows 10 in turn.

System Image Recovery

4. In the Re-image your computer window, tick Use the latest available system image and follow the wizard to complete the system recovery process.

Use the Latest Available  System Image

Although Windows built-in tool can help you transfer system image to new SSD, it will create a system backup image that takes a lot of space, and the system image recovery process is complicated. If you need a backup utility that can create system backup image with fewer space, and restore system image in a simpler way, please go to the first method.

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.