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How to Transfer Windows OS from HDD to a new SSD – iSumsoft

”Recently, I was considering transferring Windows OS from my HDD to SSD which I newly bought. But I have never done it. Who can recommend any method or software that allows me to transfer/move the Windows system to SSD? Please help me!”

Are you looking for a solution to transfer/move the Windows system to SSD/HHD? If so, it is the best time to transfer the Windows OS to SSD by using our software. iSumsoft Cloner is a safe and effective tool that is specially designed for users who want to quickly transfer/move the Windows operating system from HDD to SSD without reinstallation. You can choose it as your first attempt and you won’t be disappointed.

Now, in this tutorial, we will guide you on how to transfer/move Windows OS to SSD without any data loss. Please read on seriously. 

Notice please:

  • If you copy the source hard drive to the destination drive, all data on the target drive will be erased/formatted. It is best to back up the data of destination drive ahead of time. If it is a newly purchased target disk, you can ignore this problem.
  • If the destination drive space is smaller than the source drive, the replicated process cannot continue. Please make sure there is enough space for the destination drive.
  • If the selected destination drive is GPT format, you need to allocate a new FAT. If you choose the MBR format, it is no need to do this.

2 methods to transfer Windows OS from HDD to a new SSD

  • Method 1: Copy the OS to a New SSD
  • Method 2: Backup the OS as a File and Restore it

Method 1: Copy the OS to a New SSD

Step 1: Install/connect the new SSD to your PC.

Step 2: Download, install and run iSumsoft Cloner tool on your computer. Click the Copy option in the upper left corner of the interface. Select the source target, which is your Windows system. And choose a partition of SSD as the destination drive to store the cloned Windows system. Click Start button.

choose source and destination partition

Step 3: Then, a warning dialog pops up telling you that ”You need to allocate a new FAT partition from the current partition”, click OK to continue and click Start button.

allocate a new fat partition

Step 4: Next, it tips you if you are sure to copy data, simply click OK to start cloning Windows system to SSD now.

copy data to ssd

Step 5: Wait for a while, there is a Mission completed prompt, it indicates that your Windows system has been successfully copied to the destination drive.

copy completed

After you are done this, reboot PC and press the required key to enter BIOS/UEFI Settings. In the Boot window, set the SSD drive to the first boot device. Save all the changes and then exit the BIOS/UEFI.

Restart the computer, you should be able to see the Windows OS is running normally on your new SSD Without any hindrance.

Method 2: Backup the OS as a File and Restore it

Step 1: Run iSumsoft Cloner software.

Step 2: Click the Backup option in the left menu. Select a volume to back up (it’s usually C disk with the Windows logo), and then select a path to save the backup file by clicking the Choose button.

select a volume to back up

Step 3: Next, the Save As dialog appears, you can choose a partition with enough space to save the backup file and you can name the backup file. And click Save button to go on.

save backup file

Step 4: Click the Start button, and click OK to go ahead if it shows you ”Are you sure to back up the partition as file” prompt dialog.

backup partition as file

Once the backup process is complete, you can now start restoring the backup file. To do things are as follows:

Step 1: Click the Restore option and select the restoration destination. Then, click Choose button to go to Step 3 in Method 2 above and Click Start button. Here, a pop-up window is shown to ask you that ”You need to allocate a new FAT partition”. Just click OK to make a confirmation.

select the restoration destination

Step 2: Click Start button and click OK to restore the backup file.

restore the backup file

Step 3: When this restoration process ends, you will be notified of a message with “Mission completed”. It proves that you have finished transferring the Windows OS to SSD.

Now, restart the computer, change the boot order to set your computer to boot from the SSD drive with the cloned Windows system. As you can see, the Windows OS is running smoothly on the SSD drive.


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