Transfer Everything from C Drive to SSD without Reinstalling Windows

Posted by @Teresa

September 12, 2017

How do you transfer everything including user files and system programs on C drive to new or larger SSD on laptop/desktop? This article shows how to do this and ensures successful boot.

Why transfer everything from C drive to SSD?

Many users would like to copy all files from C drive to new hard drive or new SSD to upgrade current disk. SSD is known for fast Read & Write speed due to no moving parts inside. SSDs always hold less capacity than traditional HDDs at present. Therefore, to migrate OS to smaller SSD would be the best arrangement of making use of its merits.

On the other hand, hard disk failure and laptop upgrading are likely to push you move C drive to SSD which is bigger and better. Fresh install is great but if you want to keep everything on system drive untouched without reinstalling, turn to OS migration software is necessary. No matter what leads you here, you need to figure out how to copy OS to new SSD.

How to transfer C drive to SSD in Windows?

There are two possible conditions of your hard drive. One is having only C drive and System Reserved Partition on the disk. To make system boot from SSD successfully, you need to also move System Reserved Partition to SSD. As a result, you can first shrink C drive by deleting useless data and then clone entire disk to SSD.

The other is having more than these two partitions on the disk. For example, you have C: D: and E: drives on the disk. You don’t have to move every partition to SSD if you want to use this old disk as secondary storage device. You can transfer entire C drive to SSD either in laptop or desktop with the help of Windows tools and a series of practical operations. Theoretically, you backup crucial data, create a system image, replace old hard drive with SSD, and then restore system image to SSD. You can learn more information in transfer C drive to SSD.

Best OS migration software – AOMEI Backupper

Good news is you can complete the task through another easier and simpler way. AOMEI Backupper Professional is powerful cloning software that will also clone C drive entire to SSD. Please note, except for all content on C drive, C drive related partition like System Reserved Partition will be cloned to SSD at the same time. That exactly ensures successful after clone.

Moreover, this software gives two methods on transferring C drive to SSD. By default, the feature will clone only used part from system drive to SSD to save time. To copy C drive to smaller SSD, this method is the right one. To move OS to larger SSD, you can try “Sector by sector clone” to retrieve formatted and deleted data on C drive. Obviously, this method takes up more time. Disk Clone and Partition Clone are also available.

Windows 7: Move C drive to SSD without losing data

Note: All data on SSD will be overwritten after cloning. Please backup important files before you start.

Step 1: Connect the SSD to your computer. To transfer entire C drive to SSD on laptop, you may need external disk enclosure.

Step 2: Open AOMEI Backupper. Head to Clone > System Clone.

System Clone

Step 3: Select the SSD as destination to clone C drive to.

Destination SSD

Step 4: Confirm your operations. Check Align partition to optimize for SSD to improve reading and writing performance for SSD. Then, click Start Clone.

Clone C drive to SSD Start

Tips: This operation will be done after a reboot.

Step 5: To test if you can boot off cloned SSD, you need to change boot priority in BIOS or replace old hard drive. The second method is recommended.

Change Boot Order

See, you can transfer everything from C drive to SSD in clicks with the help of AOMEI Backupper. No profound knowledge or complex operations required. To reduce the cloning time, you can make a bootable USB/CD/DVD to clone C drive without booting Windows. Other than system clone, you can transfer files from C drive to D drive with this software.