Can I transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another?
“I got a 256gb Samsung 840 Pro and a 250gb 840 EVO at Christmas. When I built my computer in December, I loaded Windows 10 onto the 840 Pro because I thought it was the best/fastest SSD on the market, and would be the best place for the OS/Software/Games. Recently, my friend told me the 840 EVO is better than the Pro. Because of this, I'm considering transferring Windows 10 from my Pro to my EVO but have no clue how to go about this. How do I do it? What software do I need?”
Why transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another?
As described in the Scenario, you may need to transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another for better performance. Actually, that’s not all of the reasons for migrating OS to SSD and you can realize more in the following text.
To save time and effort: For most of the users, it has been regarded as a hard problem to replace hard drive, because it would cost a lot of time to reinstall the operating system and some other necessary applications. Transferring Windows 10 to SSD directly can avoid this trouble.
To get larger capacity: Due to the high price of the SSD, the capacity of SSD is relatively small. Thus, low disk space error would prompt when there is insufficient space for running programs. So, you need to migrate OS from small SSD to bigger SSD to get larger capacity.
Transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another without third-party tools
You can create Windows 10 system image and then restore the image on your new SSD to transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another.
In this process, you need an external hard drive. Now, connect your external hard drive to your computer. Then, follow the steps below.
1. Type backup and restore in the Search Box and open Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Then create a system image to your external hard drive by following the Backup Wizard.
2. When the backup is done, you'll be asked if you want to create a system repair disc (CD/DVD) to access the recovery options when your computer is unable to boot. If you do not have the CD-ROM device, you can choose to create Windows 10 recovery disk with your USB flash drive instead.
3. Shutdown the computer and replace the old hard drive with the new one.
4. Connect the external hard drive with the system image backup and the system repair disc to your computer.
5. Boot computer from the system repair disc. Change your system's BIOS settings to make sure it can boot from the CD/DVD by hitting the specified key (eg: ESC, F2, etc) on the first screen.
6. Click Next when you see the Windows Setup interface for the first time, then choose Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > System Image Recovery > Windows 10 subsequently.
7. Tick Use the latest available system image and choose your restore destination drive, then click Next.
8. Choose Format and repartition disks option, then click Next > Finish > Yes to start the restoration.
It is worth reminding you that this migration method is not very stable. Sometimes, you may find that system restore is not working in Windows 10 with error message like, "System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.”
Actually, to transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another, cloning is the easiest and most efficient way. You can find a third-party clone software like AOMEI Backupper Professional to help you.
An easier way to transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another
AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable and powerful clone software for Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7, XP and Vista. It can help you clone Windows 10 from SSD to SSD simply and quickly. After cloning, you can boot from SSD successfully and keep the operating system, applications and settings exactly the same as they should be.
In addition, it can clone large hard drive to smaller hard drive as long as the SSD has sufficient space. And there is a feature called Sector by sector clone that can guarantee the integrity of cloned data. Moreover, it can accelerate the speed of SSDs again and extend its life via SSD Alignment feature.
Here come the detailed steps to clone Windows 10 from one SSD to another using AOMEI Backupper, but before cloning, you need to do some preparations at first:
Install your SSD alongside existing hard drives in the same computer and make sure it can be detected. For a laptop, if there is no extra room to install SSD, you need a SATA-to-USB adapter to connect SSD, and then plug into a USB port on your laptop. Your laptop should detect your new SSD as an external hard drive.
Uninstall software you aren't using anymore, delete unnecessary files and transfer data that you don't want to be stored on your SSD. Make sure your SSD has more space than the total amount of operating system, applications, and data in C drive you're migrating.
Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional.
1. Click Clone on the left side of the interface and then choose System Clone on the right of the interface.
2. This software will select Windows 10 system as source partition automatically. So just choose your SSD as destination and then click Next.
3. Click "SSD Alignment" option, because it can optimize the speed and performance of your SSD. Then click Start Clone.
4. Restart your computer and press the corresponding key to go to BIOS. Once you get inside the Setup screen, look for the Boot tab and set the cloned SSD as the boot drive in BIOS. Hit F10 to save the changes and exit the Setup screen. Now you should boot your computer successfully from the SSD drive.
Additional information: Will the Windows 10 license be transferred to SSD?
Many users may want to know if they can transfer Windows 10 license. You can refer to the following information to determine whether your Windows 10 license can be transferred.
If you upgraded from a retail version of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you can transfer your license (but only once).
If you have a full retail copy of Windows 10, you can transfer as many times as you want.
If you upgraded from an OEM (pre-installed by your computer’s manufacturer) Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 license, your Windows 10 license cannot be transferred.
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 license.
There are two ways to transfer Windows 10 from one SSD to another, but it is not hard to see that using AOMEI Backupper can save much time and effort. With only a few clicks, it can help you clone Windows 10 from one SSD to another. And besides system clone, it also supports disk clone and partition clone, so, you can choose different clone functions according to your requirements.
In addition, if you are a Windows Server user and you want to clone your system, you can try another version-AOMEI Backupper Server.