By Ailsa / Last Updated August 26, 2020

Situations to move boot partition

It’s emergency to move boot partition in Windows 10 when you reading this article. Take it easy, we will show you the step-by-step guide to troubleshoot your issues. There are some situations that you might move the system boot partition:

  • Copy boot partition to another drive. You could move the boot system partition to a larger drive or smaller one to generate more free space or get a faster speed.

  • Move Windows boot partition to new partition to prevent data loss.

  • Clone boot partition to deal with error loading operating system in Windows 10 or system boot failure problems. When you fail to boot from the Windows 10/8/7 system and don’t want to reinstall the OS, you could use the cloned hard drive or SSD contains the Windows 10 OS to restore the system to normal state without any issues if you have cloned the Windows boot partition.

Best OS migration software - AOMEI Backupper

Is there an easy way to move Windows 10 boot partition? Definitely. The best OS migration software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, which allows you to safely move boot partition without any issues. And it’s available in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, including 32-bit and 64-bit.

With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you could enjoy the following benefits:

  • It will clone everything from the Windows 10 system boot partition, including system files, settings, installed programs, personal files, etc.

  • Ensure the cloned boot partition secure boot.

  • No system reinstallation required. Save your time and efforts.

  • All partitions related system files and boot files will be cloned, like EFI System partition, Recovery partition, etc.

How to move boot partition in Windows 10/8.1/8/7?

Here we will show you move Windows 10 to another drive, just refer to the following steps:

Before moving boot partition, make some preparations:
First of all, you should delete some unnecessary files and programs on the Windows 10 system boot partition to release storage space, and backup all the data before moving.
A new larger hard drive (HDD or SSD). connect it to the Windows 10 computer, make it can be detected by Windows.
A Windows 10 installed computer.
Download the powerful OS migration software - AOMEI Backupper Professional 30 day free trial, Install and execute this software. (Clone features in the free trial can only be demonstrated)

Here is the tutorial to move Windows 10 to SSD/HDD that you might interest:

1. To move system boot partition (usually the system C drive), go Clone tab, and then choose System Clone.

Clone Windows 10

2. Select the new larger HDD or SSD as the destination to save the Windows 10 boot partition, then hit Next.

Destination Partition

3. A pop-up window will notify you to backup important data first and then click Yes if you are sure to move Windows 10 to SSD or HDD.

The Partition Will Be Deleted Window

4. Overview the operations, press Start Clone >> button to copy system partition to another drive (HDD or SSD).

Start Move Windows 10

Sector by sector clone: clone all sectors of the system partition whether it is used or not, even bad sectors, and it will cost much longer. Uncheck this option will skip bad sectors.
SSD Alignment: if you are cloning Windows 10 boot partition to SSD, make sure you have checked this option to speed up the SSD reading and writing performance, as well as it’s lifespan.
✍All the above steps are applied to move boot partition in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and early Windows versions.

Wait for a while, the great OS migration software will show you the best ending for your system migration.

Once the system cloning is finished, you could set up to boot from the larger SSD or HDD:

  • Shut down the computer.

  • Remove the original system hard drive and put the new hard drive (HDD or SSD) into the slot to change the boot disk (ignore the operation if you move to a new partition on the same disk);

  • Enter the BIOS to change boot order to set the Windows 10 boot from the larger HDD/SSD.

Until now, Windows 10 change boot partition to another drive has been done.


It's easy and time-saving to move boot partition to the hard drive (HDD or SSD) with the help of AOMEI Backupper, and you don’t need to reinstall Windows 10/8/7 operating system and the complex configurations that you are not familiar with (I mean if).

Obviously, you are allowed to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD, as long as the data on Windows 10 boot partition is smaller than the destination drive.

Besides, you could clone hard drive with windows 10/8/7 installed to another one to move everything, and manually adjust partition size on the destination disk if need be.

For server usage, you could try AOMEI Backupper Server or Technician Plus for more advanced functions, like real-time sync files or folders, merge, split backup images, command line cloning, etc.