By Ivy / Last Updated May 27, 2020

OEM (short for original equipment manufacturer) is a full version of the operating system, which ends up preinstalling on PCs. Every OEM version has its own license key. And the license is locked to the hardware on which it was first activated. So, the OEM license key is not transferable.

Can you move OEM Windows 10 to SSD?

“I've read a lot of posts online and get that OEM license key is not transferable. I recently bought a new disk and want to transfer my OEM Windows 10 to new hard drive. Does it work on this computer? Do I need to buy a new license key? If anyone has any personal experience, that would be great! thank in advance.”


You are right, the OEM license cannot be transferred. But this is for another computer. That’s to say, you could move OEM license to HDD/SSD as long as you don’t change the important hardware of your compute, such as, motherboard, CPU.

Reasons to transfer Windows 10 OEM to new hard drive

As mentioned above, the OEM version can only be used on the first activated computer. In general, if you don’t change the motherboard of your computer, transferring Windows 10 and its license to new hard drive is possible. Why do you want to do that?

Want a bigger capacity: If your original hard drive is too small, you may want to migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive and get more capacity.

Need a better performance: If your computer becomes slower and slower, you could clone Windows 10 to SSD for better performance, including faster running speed, fast loading speed.

Move OEM Windows 10 to HDD or SSD with ease

To transfer Windows 10 OEM copy, you need a free and reliable disk cloning software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It has a clear interface and user-friendly design, which makes all the process becomes easier.

This software is very smart, because it will reminds you if your target disk space is not big enough. It allows you to edit partitions on the destination disk and fix the cloned hard drive shows wrong size. Besides, it could optimize your SSD disk to get better performance and longer lifetime.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Disk Clone under the Clone tab. Besides, you can choose System Clone (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) if SSD disk is smaller than Windows 10 hard drive.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the old hard drive as Source Disk and the HDD or SSD you prepared as Destination Disk successively.

Select Disk

Step 4(Optional). Tick SSD Alignment to accelerate the reading and writting speed if your target disk is SSD. Then, Click Start Clone to run the pending operation and wait for final result.

Transfer OEM Windows 10 to New Hard Drive

1. Edit Partitions is very useful, especially when you clone disk to larger disk. In general, if you clone hard drive to larger drive, you will get an unallocated space. To fix this problem, you are supposed to edit it before you click Start Clone.
2. Sector by sector clone is not recommended. If you tick this option, this software will clone all sectors on the old drive, including the blank sector and bad sector. And the bad sector will affect your hard drive. Besides, if you tick this option, you cannot edit partitions.


OEM copy was tied to the first computer you install and activate. But the manufacturer allows you to change all hardware except for motherboard. That's to say, you are allowed to transfer OEM Windows 10 to new hard drive.

To transfer OEM copy, you need a reliable disk cloning software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. With it, you could move OEM Windows 10 to SSD without effort. Also, it can optimize the writing and reading speed of new SSD disk. It can also allows you to edit the partitions on the destination if your destination disk is larger than old disk.

But this version only works on limited computers. If you have multiple computers, you need to use AOMEI Backupper Technician or Technician Plus.