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2 Ways to Migrate Windows 10 to SSD without Reinstalling

I have installed a new 240GB SSD to my PC and now want to move Windows 10 to the SSD from the machinal hard disk. In addition to reinstalling Windows 10 on the SSD, is there any other method that can realize system migration?

Many people have the same question when they plan on upgrading computer hard drive to SSD. Probably all you can think of is performing a clean install of Windows on the SSD, but you will lose your personal data and have to install your programs and drivers once again. Plainly, this is not the best solution for system migration. Now in this page I will show two better ways you can directly migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling. They will preserve all your data, including your settings, programs, etc. All you need is the program iSumsoft Cloner.


Note:

  • If your current operating system drive’s used space is larger than your SSD drive’s capacity, you have to tidy up your system drive to make it small enough so that the SSD can hold it. You can remove the unneeded programs and files, or move your personal data that takes up a lot of space to another drive.
  • Before migrating your Windows 10, the SSD drive will be formatted, so unless you use a new SSD, back up your important data saved on the SSD.

Way 1: Migrate Windows 10 to SSD by a direct copy

Performing a copy is arguably the most direct way to migrate already installed Windows 10 to the SSD. System copying cannot be done manually, but can be easily implemented with the software iSumsoft Cloner. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Install and launch iSumsoft Cloner on your computer. Once you launch it, it will detect all your drives connected to your computer, including the SSD drive and display them on the screen.

Step 2: Click the Copy option on the left-side pane of this software.

click Copy option

Step 3: Select the system partition (usually Drive C:) on which your Windows 10 operating system is currently installed under Select a source target.

select your system partition

Step 4: Select your SSD drive partition to which you will migrate Windows 10 under Select a destination target.

select ssd partition

Step 5: Now you can click Start to start copying your Windows 10 system partition. When a Tips dialog pops up, click OK to proceed.

start copy

Step 6: Just wait until the copying progress reaches 100%. That won’t take long. When the “Mission completed” prompt appears, congratulations, the Windows 10 system has been copied to the SSD drive.

copy completed

Step 7: Now that the Windows 10 system is migrated to the SSD, next you will have to set your computer to boot from the SSD drive. Restart your computer and access the BIOS/UEFI settings, from where you will need to change the SSD drive to the first boot device. Finally, save the changes and then exit the BIOS/UEFI.

boot computer from ssd

Step 8: After your computer starts up from the SSD drive, Windows 10 will work perfectly on the SSD without reinstalling and you will find the SSD has now become your operating system drive (usually Drive C).

ssd becomes system drive

Way 2: Migrate Windows 10 to SSD through backup and restore

Another method to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling is to create a full backup of Windows 10 system and then restore it to the target SSD drive. This task can also be done easily with iSumsoft Cloner. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Create a full backup of Windows 10 system

1. Launch iSumsoft Cloner on your computer, then click the Backup option and select the drive (usually drive C:) that contains your Windows 10 operating system from the drive list.

select system drive to backup

2. Select a path to save the backup with the Choose button.

select a path to save backup

3. Click Start to start backing up the operating system volume. When a Tips dialog pops up, click OK to proceed.

start backup

4. Wait some minutes until the progress reaches 100% and when the “Mission completed” prompt appears, you are finished and will see a backup file (.icg) in your selected path.

backup file

Step 2: Restore the Windows 10 backup to the SDD drive

1. Select the Restore option.

click Restore option

2. Select the backup file you just created in Step 1 with the Choose button and then select the SSD disk partition to which you will migrate Windows 10 under Select the restoration destination.

restore the backup

3. Now click Start to start restoring the Windows 10 backup file to the SSD drive. When a Tips dialog pops up, click OK to proceed.

4: Wait some minutes until the progress reaches 100%. When the “Mission completed” prompt appears, congratulations, you are finished migrating your installed Windows 10 to the SSD drive.

Step 3: Boot your computer from the SSD drive

Now restart your computer and access the BIOS/UEFI settings to set your computer to boot from the SSD drive. Once your computer boots up from the SSD, Windows 10 will perfectly work on the SSD drive without reinstalling.

Those are the two ways you can migrate Windows 10 to SSD drive without reinstalling Windows. As you can see, they are much easier than performing a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD. What’s important is that they preserve all your data during the system migration process.