Best Solution for Data Migration from HDD to SSD in Windows

Posted by @Teresa

September 26, 2017

This article details how to migrate data from HDD to new or smaller SSD like Samsung/Kingston/Crucial/Intel SSD with powerful software AOMEI Backupper in Windows 7/8/10.

Why do data migration to SSD?

SSDs are new type of disk that can be used to store data like operating systems, applications, files etc. In Windows 7 and later, SSDs are frequently used to replace traditional hard drives, HDDs. Needless to say, SSDs have more advantages than HDDs, such as lower power consumption, noiseless working environment, faster running speed and stronger strike-resistance.

Some latest PCs are equipped with SSDs when shipped from their manufacturers, so you may think there is no need to purchase another SSD and do transfer. Actually, SSDs have a known-to-all disadvantage, smaller capacity at same price, comparing to HDDs. Therefore, some users still need to do data migration to new SSD if they want to upgrade PC’s configurations.

Besides, when you transfer data to Crucial SSD, for example, it is a way to backup the source disk. Once bad things happen, you can reuse all data in the shortest time with the duplication. Surely, you can do real backup for your computer hard drive yet an image restore process is inevitable. Directly data migration saves times and effort.

How to migrate data to SSD in Windows 8/7/10?

Some well-known brands SSDs have their own build-in data migration tool or data transfer kit like Samsung Data Migration (SDM) in Samsung SSDs. If purchased this kind of SSDs, you can do the migration with that tool. For more steps with screenshots, please refer to clone HDD to Samsung SSD.

For the SSD that does not contain transfer tool, you have to turn to third-party software since there is no such tool in Windows as well. AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable data migration tool which designed for Windows operating systems including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista. It will help you move everything including boot programs, installed applications, installed games, personal files as well as activation information on HDD to SSD. In addition, this software provides sector by sector clone and intelligent clone to choose. Then you can perform data migration to smaller SSD free from worries.

What’s more, to migrate to SSD, you have options to migrate particular partition to SSD. To be specific, you can move OS only to SSD when you want to keep personal files on current HDD. Complete customized tasks with Disk Clone, System Clone and Partition Clone features. Also, AOMEI Backupper offers command line clone that used in unattended operations for advanced users.

Steps of migrating data to Kingston SSD via AOMEI Backupper

1. Connect Kingston SSD to your PC. Download, install and launch this software. Go Clone > Disk Clone.

2. Select the old HDD as the source disk.

Source Disk

3. Select the Kingston SSD as the destination disk.

Destination Disk

4. Confirm the clone task and click Start Clone to start. Swap disk after cloning.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • *Check Align partition to optimize for SSD box to improve reading and writing speed and prolong SSD’s lifespan.

  • *Sector by sector clone will make partition edit on the destination disk unavailable.

Summary

There are many methods to do data migration from HDD to SSD in disk upgrading. Nevertheless, this solution with AOMEI Backupper in could be counted as the easiest one. Connect, transfer, swap and you’ll done. If you want to clone only OS to SSD, learn more in transfer C drive to SSD. As you can see from the screenshots, AOMEI Backupper is also a great backup solution and you can use it as the alternative to File History or Windows 7 Backup and Restore. You can create a bootable USB with this software just in case.