How to Clone Windows 10 System Boot Drive from HDD to a New SSD

Clone a Windows OS to a smaller SSD

Planning to upgrade your old hard drive to an SSD? If you’re looking for an easy way to clone HDD to an SSD, a powerful disk cloning software can help you get the job done quickly. iSumsoft Cloner is such a secure and reliable disk cloning software that will help you easily clone and migrate your operating system using a disk clone feature.

You can follow the detailed steps below to clone your hard drive to SSD.

Steps to clone Windows 10 system boot drive to from HDD to SSD

Step 1: Connect SSD to your computera.

After the computer recognizes the SSD, you may need to initialize the SSD disk to MBR or GPT – exactly the same as the current system partition style, so you can boot the system from it effortlessly after cloning the Windows OS.

Step 2: Clone the system installed disk to SSD.

  • Download iSumsoft Cloner and run it.
  • Select the “Clone Disk” option in the left menu.
  • Select the disk where the operating system is installed (e.g, Disk 0) as a source-target disk.
  • Select the connected SSD disk as the target disk.
  • Click the “Start” button to start cloning Windows 10.
Select disk to clone

When the warning message indicates that the operation will erase the data on the target disk, just click “OK” to continue. All you need to do is wait until the cloning process to end. After the clone process is complete, there will be a copy of the Windows operating system on the target SSD disk.

Start cloning

Step 3: Set the PC to boot from the SSD (which caontains the cloned Windows 10 OS)

Set SSD as the first boot option

With these simple steps, you have completed the process of cloning the Windows 10 operating system to an SSD. It is worth mentioning that iSumsoft Cloner can also help you back up computer to external hard drive in Windows 10 with ease.

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  2. I reinstalled Windows 10 onto an SSD with the HDD SATA cable disconnected. It boot up on the SSD fine until I reattach the HDD SATA cable. Then it boots up from the HDD. How can I make it boot from the SSD? I want to leave the data on the HDD so any user data can be copied onto the SSD. Eventually we’ll clean off the HDD and make it a single data partition.

    The computer is a HP Z230.

  3. We are very happy to serve you. If you have any questions about migrating your operating system to SSD / HDD, cloning system partitions, cloning disks or cloning volumes, the iSumsoft Cloner technical team will do our best to help you. Have a nice day!

  4. It does work well, don’t hesitate, give it a try. The feature of disk cloning allows you to clone a system partition/drive to a new hard drive for setup without having to reinstall and reconfigure Windows.

  5. I am an Windows 10 user so this type of information is really very useful to me. I get some rare ideas from you. Hope we will get more useful ideas in the future also.

  6. Is it possible to clone the OS? And the most important thing is that is it possible to clone it in the SSD?

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