By Lily / Last update July 7, 2021

Why restore system image to new SSD?

Hard disk drive (HDD) is the traditional storage device. In the previously days, most of computers used it to storage data. But with the time went by, people found that the volume could not be enough to store all the data, and it was easy to break up and some other shortages. 

Later, the solid state drive (SSD) came out. It has covered many shortages of HDD--larger volume, safer storage, safer running speed, smaller noise, and so on. Thus, many users want to change their old HDD to SSD. Besides, many people change to the new SSD because of the broke of their old devices and they want to get a better performance.

SSD makes the computer perform better. Thus, people all like to change the devices before to new SSD. But some of them stored the 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 that can change the old storage device to SSD and keep the old data?

Restore system image to new SSD with Windows snap-in tool

Windows systems do have their own backup and restore tool, which can backup system and restore it. Take Windows 8 as an example:

First, you need to create a system backup image by using the “File History”. Click Start, and type “File History” in the search box. Then, click “System Image Backup” at the bottom of the left navigation bar, and follow the guide to create a system image backup and create a system repair disc.

Then, boot the Windows from the bootable disc, follow the guide to restore system image to SSD.

However, Windows built-in tool will create a system backup image that takes a lot of space, and the restore system image process is complicated. If there is a freeware which can create system backup image with a lower space, and restore system image in a simpler way, why we not try it?

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. It can work well with Windows 10/8//8.1/7/Vista/XP.

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Before you do, there are some things you need to do:

Then, let's get started to restore system image to new SSD with following steps. Please note that these steps are also applicable to perform Windows 10 system image restore to different computer and other operating system. 

Step 1. Boot the new SSD from the bootable media you created before. The AOMEI Backupper’s interface will be shown at your sight. And you will see the system backup file at the Home tab. Click Restore.


Step 2. It will detect that you are doing a system restore and it will pop out a window to ask you whether you’d like to do a system restore. Click Yes.

Step 3. Select a task or an image and click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step 4. Then, you need to select the destination space where you would like to restore the system image on, click it and click Next.

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Step 5. Here you can see the operating summary. Confirm the information. If there is no trouble, click Start Restore.

Preview Restore

You may notice that there are some other settings under the page.

  • Edit the size of partition: you can use it to edit the size of the partition you like.

  • Enable Universal Restore: here you can tick the box, because you are restoring the system image to a new SSD, which is a universal restore in a certain way.

  • Align partition to optimize for SSD: this is designed specially for SSD, here you can tick the box too, because it will improve the performance of your SSD.

✐ Easier way to restore system image to new SSD 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. And it will add a boot men on the computer as well as a fast key to access it,  F11 or A, for example.  Then, when your computer not working, you can press F11 or A to access this software via boot menu and then restore system image with OneKey System Recovery option.

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