Can I Move Boot Partition in Windows 10/8/7 without Reinstalling?

July 5, 2019

Trying to move boot partition in Windows 10/8/7 and don’t want to reinstall Windows operating system? Here are some tips for you to copy boot partition to anther drive (HDD or SSD) without losing data.

Situations to move boot partition

It’s emergency to move boot partition in Windows 10/8/7 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 boot partition to new partition to prevent information 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, it’s necessary to clone the boot system partition to another hard drive without losing data.

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

First of all, you should delete some unnecessary files and programs on the system boot partition to save space, and backup all the data before moving. Then, you might want to move boot partition to a new SSD or a new partition in Windows 7/8/10, here is the tutorial that you might interest:

Before that, make some preparations:

  • Download the powerful disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, Install and execute this software.

  • A new hard drive or SSD, or just a new partition.

  • A Windows 10/8/7 installed computer.

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

Clone Windows 10

2. Select a new hard drive or SSD, maybe a new partition to save the boot partition in Windows 10/8/7, then hit Next.

Destination Partition

3. A pop-up window will notice you to backup important data first, and then click Yes if you are sure to move boot system partition to another partition.

The Partition Will Be Deleted Window

4. Overview the operations, press Start Clone >> button to copy system partition to another drive.

Start Move Windows 10

Tips:

  • Sector by sector clone: clone all sectors of the system partition whether it is used or not.

  • SSD Alignment: if your destination is a SSD, make sure you have checked this option to speed up the SSD reading and writing performance.

Wait for a few minutes, the great system cloning software will show you the best ending for your system moving.

Once the system cloning is finished, shut down the computer, remove the original system hard drive and put the new hard drive to 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 10/8/7 boot from the hard drive/SSD. Until now, it’s done.

Conclusion

It's easy and time-saving to move boot partition to new partition or 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). This powerful software is applied to Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista. You could clone boot drive, or move EFI boot partition for Windows 10/8/7.

Obviously, you are allowed to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD, as long as the data of the system files is smaller than the destination drive, also to a larger hard drive.

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

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.