By Ivy / Last Updated July 28, 2020

Why migrate Windows 7 OS to SSD?

After a span of time, your computer becomes slower and slower. Sometimes, even you may take several minutes to boot up and wait for a quite long time to open programs and files. It’s annoying. So, you may want to migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD for faster speed and better performance.

In this case, OS migration tool like AOMEI Backupper Professional is needed. It can help you transfer Windows 7 to new hard drive effortlessly, because it has a wizard-like interface and clear steps. And this software offer you a feature called SSD Alignment, which is designed to accelerate the writting and reading speed of SSDs as well as extend its life.

Method 1: Migrate Windows 7 to SSD effortlessly with AOMEI Backupper

Note: The destination disk will be overwritten after cloning Windows 7 hard drive to SSD, so you need to create a disk backup if there are any important data.

Step 1. Download and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Connect SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Click the “Clone “ tab and select “System Clone”. To clone hard drive, just click Disk Clone.

System Clone

Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination disk and click “Next”.

Destination Partition

Step 4. Confirm the source partition and destination partition, then check the “SSD Alignment” option to optimize your SSD and Click “Start Clone” .

Start Clone

Step 5. Switch the location of HDD and SSD, then restart your computer and set the cloned SSD at the first boot option. At last, press F10 to save the changes and restart again.

Notes: This software can also be applied to clone SSD to HDD for large capacity, Clone Seagate HDD to SSD, clone NVMe to SSD, etc.

Method 2: Migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD without Backup and Restore

If you prefer to use the built-in tool, you can move Windows 7 to SSD with Backup and Restore feature. You can create a system image backup to SSD, and then you can restore system image from external hard drive via bootable media.

Part 1: Create system image backup with Backup and Restore

Step 1. Insert an empty disk into your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore, then click “Create a system image”.

Create a System Image

Step 3. Choose the hard drive you insert as destination path. Click Next to proceed.

Backup to SSD

Step 4. You’ll be asked: “which drives do you want to include in the backup?” The system drive and system reserved drive are included by default. You can add more drives to the image file or you can just ignore this part. Click Next to continue.

Step 5. check the backup location and the size of the backup image, then click Start backup. When finished, the system image backup is saved on the SSD and you can verify it from this drive.

Confirm Your Backup Settings

Part 2: Create bootable media with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Now, we should start to create a repair disk or bootable media in Windows 7. Both of them can help you boot your computer. But they are different. The repair disk can only be created on CD/DVD while the bootable media with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool can be burned to USB flash drive.

If you don’t have a CD/DVD, you can follow the steps below and learn how to upgrade to SSD in Windows 7.

Step 1. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and ISO files from Microsoft.

Step 2. Open this tool and click Browse to locate Windows 7 ISO files from your computer.

Step 3. Select USB device as the media type.

Choose Media Type

Step 4. Connect USB drive at least 4GB and select it from the drop-down menu, then click Begin copying. Wait until the process is 100% completed.

Part 3: Restore system image to SSD

This is the final part. Just connect the hard drive which contain the system image, new SSD and bootable USB drive to your computer, then set boot priority for the USB drive and press F10 to restart your computer. Then, follow the steps below to transfer Windows 7 to SSD.

Step 1. Press any key to boot from the USB drive when prompted. Then, click Next until you see Repair your computer at the lower left.

Step 2. Click Repair your computer.

Repair Your Computer

Step 3. Click "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier”, then click Next.

System Recovery Options

Step 4. Tick Use the latest available system image(recommended) and click Next to complete the restore process. Reboot the system and see if your boot drive is SSD.

Select a System Image Backup

Here, how to replace hard drive with SSD in Windows 7 has already been done. However, to be honest, moving Windows 7 from HDD to SSD with AOMEI Backupper Professional is much easier. Just need to click the corresponding button and this software take care of the rest.

Plus: something related to SSD

Compared with HDD, SSD is more expensive. However, Nowadays, SSD becomes more and more popular, and many users are willing to copy Windows 7 to SSD. That’s because it has many advantages over HDD.

  • SSD are almost 100 times quicker than ordinary HDDs

  • SSD has less dissipation and zero noise.

  • SSD is not easy to wear out.

  • SSD is smaller in volume and lighter in weight, which is convenient for users to take away.

  • SSD does not contain any moving part.


Here comes to the end of this post. You are suppose to know how to migrate Windows 7 to SSD. Here are two Ways above. One is free but complicated; one is easy but charged.

I prefer the simple method. And AOMEI Backupper can do more than you think, such as, , clone MBR disk to GPT, deploy image to multiple computers, create a system image backup, universal restore, backup to USB drive when plugged in, etc.

Want to protect unlimited computers within your computer? You can consider AOMEI Backupper Enterprise or AOMEI Backkupper Technician. Both of them are lifetime free upgrade to the latest version without any cost.