How Do I Migrate OS to Kingston SSD Without Reinstalling Windows

Posted by @Ailsa

October 26, 2016

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. AOMEI Backupper is a Kingston SSD migration software to transfer data without reinstall Windows and applications.

About OS Migration

OS migration means to transfer the data of system drive and system reserved partition (or EFI partition. If you have one, it was introduced with Windows 7, contains the Boot Manager code and the Boot Configuration data, reserves the startup files required by the BitLocker Drive Encryption) to another disk (such as a HDD disk or an SSD disk), or migrate Operating System to another computer. After migrating OS, you could use the OS directly by setting boot order.

When Should You Migrate OS to Kingston SSD?

Maybe you have encountered one of these issues below:

  • 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. What should you do?
  • Computer has a lot of personal data, like work files, video files, important photos and so on. You find that there is no enough space to hold data and have a slow computer response recently. Considering the situation, you determine to use a Kingston SSD to hold your OS but want to reserve your personal files on HDD. How do I do?
  • Need a higher speed to read and write data, or boot up computer quickly. You choose a Kingston SSD disk as a bootable medium without reinstalling Windows because of the complicated operations, but don’t know how to do.

The ideal solution to the mentioned above problems is to migrate OS from HDD to SSD. But how to realize? Try the Kingston SSD data migration software to transfer OS.

Preparation for Migrating OS to Kingston SSD

Before you start, here is something to prepare:

  • The Kingston SSD data migration tool - AOMEI Backupper Pro: 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.
  • 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 data of OS.

How to Migrate OS to Kingston SSD Drive?

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, and launch the program. 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 Kingston SSD disk, if else, just leave it alone). Then click “Start Clone” to clone OS.

Align Partition to Optimize for SSD


  • If necessary, you can tick “Sector by sector clone”, ensure the capacity of Kingston SSD is larger than the size of your source partition, and you need to know that it will take much longer to clone. The operation will clone sector-by-sector whether the sector is in use or not.
  • After you press the “Start Clone” button, if the destination disk type different from the source disk, AOMEI Backupper will prompt that would you like to convert the destination disk type to the one of the source disk. Then press “OK”.

Convert Destination Disk Type

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

Clone Finished


  • The destination disk (the Kingston SSD disk) will be rewritten when the operations are completed. So make sure the destination disk is a brand new disk, if not, please backup important files on the Kingston SSD disk before migrate OS to Kingston SSD, and format the hard drive.
  • When the Kingston SSD data migration is done, reboot the computer and enter the BIOS to set the first boot device is the Kingston SSD disk, and the computer will be boot correctly.

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

After these detailed instructions, I’m sure you can solve this problem about how to migrate OS to Kingston SSD drive. After the data migration is done, you will find the computer boot up very fast, and the installed applications, documents, files are all there.