Migrate OS to Kingston SSD for Better Performance

June 21, 2019

Kingston SSDs are good and cheap. Migrating OS to Kingston SSD from HDD is the best way to improve the performance of your Windows 10/8/7 computers.

Why migrate OS to Kingston SSD?

Solid State Drives, known as SSDs, are designed with no moving parts, which are more durable, faster, cooler, lighter that the traditional hard drive.

Speaking of Kingston SSD, it’s one of the most famous SSD in the world, which offer different SSDs for different users, including Consumer, Business, Enterprise, and System Builders. For common users, you can choose V300, FURY, HyperX Savage, and HyperX Predator PCle SSD. And it’s recommended by many users.

In sum, Kingston SSD can be a great choice for you to replace your hard drive and gain a better performance.

When migrate OS to Kingston SSD?

Have you ever encountered these situations below? How do you do?

  • Got a new computer and a Kingston SSD recently, and you don’t like the pre-installed Operating System. Moreover, you prefer to use the previous OS.

  • Your computer has a lot of personal data, like work files, video files, important photos and so on. And, you find that there is no enough space to hold data and have a slow computer response recently. Considering the situation, you determine to transfer OS to Kingston SSD but want to reserve your personal files on HDD.

  • Need a higher read and write data speed, or faster boot time. You choose a Kingston SSD disk as system drive and want to reinstall Windows on it. But you give up this idea because of the complicated operations.

To achieve these goals, the best way is to migrate OS from HDD to SSD with Kingston SSD data and OS migration software or migrate the entire disk to SSD.

Kingston SSD migrate software

For Kingston SSD migration software, you can find a lot online. But what kind of software do you use? First, the software you are choosing must transfer OS to Kingston SSD without boot issue. Second, it should be easy to use. Third, it’s better to have some additional features, such as, improving the reading and writing speed of SSD disk.

Based on these conditions, I recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional. It's highly recommended by users worldwide because of its convenience and the intuitive interface which makes the data migration easier. It supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and provides advanced backup, restore and clone operations.

How to migrate OS to Kingston SSD drive?

Preparations:

  • Download the Kingston SSD data migration tool - AOMEI Backupper Professional, install and launch it.

  • Slim down your OS: remove Internet history info, cookies, temp files, other junk ,etc.

  • Defrag disk: it is a good habit to defrag the file system before migration. Click on the Start menu and type in defrag, when you see the option for Disk Defragmenter, click on its and run the tool to tidy up the disk.

  • Connect your Kingston SSD to computer and make sure it can be detected, and the size of the Kingston SSD is larger than the old drive.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. On the main console, select “Clone” -> “System Clone”.

System Clone

Step 2. Choose the Kingston SSD drive as destination disk for OS (here is Disk 1), then press the “Next” button to continue.

Destination Partition

Tips: The AOMEI Backupper will select the system partition and the reserved partition by default, so don’t worry which partition you should choose from.

Step 3. In the “Operation Summary” window, preview this operation. Tick the option “Align partition to optimize for SSD” (because the destination disk is the SSD disk, if not, just leave it alone). Then click “Start Clone” to clone OS.

Align Partition to Optimize for SSD

Tips:

  • If necessary, you can tick “Sector by sector clone”. To use this feature, you need to ensure the capacity of Kingston SSD is larger than or equal to the size of your system partition. And this operation will take more time, because it will clone all the sectors on the system partition whether used or not.

  • If the destination disk type different from the source disk, you will receive the prompt as shown in the following picture. You just need to click “OK”.

Convert Destination Disk Type

Step 4. Wait for a few minutes, click “Finish” when the migration process is completed.

Clone Finished

Notes:

  • The destination disk (the Kingston SSD disk) will be rewritten during the operation, so make sure the destination disk is a brand new disk. If not, please backup important files on the Kingston SSD disk before migrating OS to SSD Kingston.

  • When the Kingston SSD migration is done, switch out the hard drive, reboot the computer and enter the BIOS to set the Kingston SSD disk as first boot device, press F10 save the changes and start your computer.

  • Beside SSDs, you can also transfer to NAS device, Network share, a USB flash drive, external hard disk if necessary.

Reading here, I’m sure you get how to migrate OS to Kingston SSD drive. And you will find that the computer boot very fast, and the installed applications, documents, files are all there.

Some users report that the cloned SSD won’t boot after migration and they don’t why. The most important thing is to use a professional OS migration software. It can avoid the boot issue caused by system reserved partition missing, boot files missing, etc.