Can you migrate Windows 10 to SSD?

When you search this keyword in the Google, you may find that there are many related topics in the forum, such as, Reddit, Microsoft, etc. And here, I’ll show you an example from forum. Do you actually know how to migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive?

“My PC has one HDD and one SSD. I want to move my Windows 10 to SSD, but it’s installed on the HDD. I have no idea of how to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD. My PC only have Windows on it, so I just need a way that works. Thanks in advance. ”

Maybe, you are not familiar with how to migrate Windows 10 to SSD. This is what AOMEI Backupper Professional can do for you. It’s designed to solve this kind of problems.

Why Migrate Windows 10 to Smaller SSD?

Compared with previous version, Windows 10 has improved the booting time. But users still feels that the computer is not running fast enough. How to make your computer run faster?

You can migrate Windows 10 to new SSD, because it can improve the booting time, writing and reading speed and overall performance of the system even more. Usually, an SSD is 10 times faster than the common HDD.

HDD and SSD are the different kinds of disk and both of them apply nonvolatile storage to store data. But HDD is metal platters with a magnetic coating and data can be read or write when the platters are spinning; while SSD is a new kind disk which is short for Solid State Drive, there are no moving parts in SSD and data are stored on memory chips.

Best SSD cloning Software for Windows 10

AOMEI Backupper Professional is one of the best SSD cloning software for Windows 10, which can help you migrate Windows 10 to smaller SSD as well as larger SSD effortlessly. Because it has a wizard-like interface and clear steps. Besides, it can avoid reinstalling system, installed programs, settings. More so, it can accelerate the speed of SSDs again and extend its life via SSD Alignment.

This version also support GPT disk, so you can migrate OS from MBR disk to GPT SSD without converting the disk partition style, and vice versa. You still can migrate Windows 10 to Samsung/Dell/WD/Kingston/M.2/NVME SSD.

If you want to protect unlimited computers, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Technician. You can use this software within your computer and provide billable technical services to unlimited number of clients. What’s more, with AOMEI Image Deploy, you can deploy image to multiple computers for disaster recovery.

How to migrate Windows 10 to SSD from HDD?

To transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD, you need to do some preparation works.

1. Clean out files with built-in proprietary cleanup tool.

  • Type disk cleanup in the search box and select the respective link

  • Check the file types you want to delete. Don’t worry, you will delete important files mistakenly, because these are all classifications of files that you don’t need, such as temp files and various Recycle Bin data.

  • Click the button marked with clean up system files, then you can tick Previous Windows Installation and other system files.

  • Hit OK to start this task.

2. Create a system backup or disk image for your computer. Some users report that the cloned SSD won’t boot after cloning, thus you’d better backup the system first.

3. Prepare an SSD, connect it to the computer via SATA cable or other connection ports and make sure it can be detected. If you want to migrate Windows 10 to SSD in a laptop, you can connect it as an external hard drive with SATA-to-USB adapter.

Then, follow the steps below and learn how to migrate OS to SSD in Windows 10.

Step1. Download, install and open AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Clone on the left side of the interface and then choose System Clone on the right of the interface.

System Clone

Step2. This software will regard Windows 10 system as source partition automatically. So just choose the connected SSD (here is Disk 2) as destination partition and then click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

Step3. After reading the message in the pop-up windows, please click Yes to continue.


Step4. In the following window, you should choose "SSD Alignment" option, because it can optimize the speed and performance of your SSD. Then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Step5. When the progress is 100% completed, please click Finish to end up this operation. Then you can enjoy the fast speed of SSD.

Click Finish

Step 6. Restart your computer and press the corresponding key to go to BIOS, then set boot priority for the cloned SSD.


1. Please remember not to format the original hard drive before your computer boot from the SSD.

2. Move and restore your personal files and users folders to HDD. Just create a new folder on the HDD, go to C:Users<your username>, select one of the user folder and go to Properties > Location, then click Move and select the newly created folder as target path. At last, use this software to create a virtual partition via Explore Image, then copy and paste all the user files to the respective folder.

3. To migrate Windows 10 to smaller SSD free, you can try to clone HDD to SSD with the free version AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Other things you need to Know

Will the Windows 10 license be transferred to SSD?

This is common question for most users. Now, let’s talk about. Reactivation or not, all depends on what kinds of license you use. Retail or volume license key can be transferred to SSD while OEM keys cannot. That is to say, if your license is Retail or Volume license, you can migrate Windows 10 license to SSD and the license will be reactivated automatically.

Generally, laptops are using OEM key and desktops will pre-install Windows with OEM. To check out if your license is OEM, you can right-click on This PC and select Properties, then find the Product ID. If the product ID contains the three characters “OEM”, it is OEM key.

Why not migrate Windows 10 to SSD via clean install?

SSDs are famous for its faster speed, thus many users want to upgrade Windows 10 to SSD. But they are not sure what method to use. Some users are recommended to clean install Windows 10 on SSD, but you will lose all the personal files, installed programs and settings. At the same time, you will spend much time in this process.

In addition, others users are still worried about that the computer still run slower after cloning. Well, that is a rare case. The most likely reason is that the SATA operation mode is set to IDE mode while the new SSD requires AHCI mode. Besides, some old operating systems are not optimized for SSDs, so you should do some SSD optimization operations in order to get the best of SSD. Unlike Windows 7, Windows 10 has made been optimized for SSDs.

Thus, in addition to external factors, cloning Windows 10 to SSD with a disk cloning software is a better choice. Because this method is less risky and disk cloning software like AOMEI Backupper can optimize the SSDs more that you think.

Wrapping things up

Want to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling system and installed apps? You can use a reliable disk cloning software like AOMEI Backupper. This software is very easy-to-use, you just need to follow the steps above and click the corresponding button, this sofware will take care of the rest.

Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, try it for yourself.