How to Migrate OS to SSD/HD [MiniTool Wiki]
About Migrate OS to SSD/HD
In today's era, computer hard drive is not only the medium to store and exchange data, it also provides an entertaining way. Users can download good music tracks and movies to the hard drive so as to listen to or watch them whenever they want.
As the size of files stored on the hard drive is increasing, the running speed and responding speed of computer will be greatly affected. Meanwhile, the appearance of SSD offers users a wonderful experience in speed. So to replace the old hard drive with a new SSD or migrate OS to new SSD becomes the first choice to improve computer performance and speed.
In addition, some large-scale online games are required to download to hard drive. This can easily make the old hard drive run out of space in a short time. The most direct and effective way to deal with this situation is also to replace the old hard drive with a new larger SSD or HD.
In both cases, if users don’t want to reinstall Windows and programs or don’t want to lose anything, we highly suggest using Migrate OS to SSD/HD feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this, which is an easy and safe process.
Below is a detailed MiniTool Partition Wizard tutorial on OS migration.
How to Migrate OS to SSD/HD
If your laptop only has one SSD slot, you can use a USB-to-SSD converter to connect the target SSD to your device via the USB port.
However, if you don’t have such a converter, you can connect an external hard drive that has enough space to hold the OS and copy the system disk to that external hard drive using Copy Disk. Next, you can remove the old SSD from your laptop and install the new one. To migrate the OS to the new SSD, you’d better create a MiniTool Partition Wizard bootable drive, boot your device from the bootable drive, and then use the Copy Disk feature to migrate all partitions and data to the new SSD.
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface.
Step 2. Click on Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard from left action panel.
Step 3. Choose a right method to migrate system disk and click Next.
Option A. To Replace the System Disk
Firstly, please select the target disk to migrate system disk to and click Next.
Then, choose a copy option. Alternatively, users can manually edit partition size by inputting exact partition size in MB, GB, or TB.
- Align partitions to 1MB could help improve performance for SSD and advanced format disks, so please keep it checked if users are using such devices.
- Checking Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk makes it possible to use all space of hard disk larger than 2TB, but UEFI boot should be enabled in BIOS.
- MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition doesn’t support migrating OS on MBR disk using GUID Partition table for the target disk.
- If users want to migrate Windows which is installed on a GPT disk, they will not see the option Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk.
Next, read a popup note and click Finish to continue.
At last, click Apply button to execute pending operations and tap Yes in pop-up prompt window to allow changes.
Option B. To Migrate Windows Only
Here, users also need to select the target disk to transfer Windows 10 to and click Next.
Then, select a copy option and click Next.
Next, read the boot note and click Finish.
At last, click Apply button in the toolbar to execute pending operations and tap Yes in the pop-up prompt window to allow changes.