How to Transfer Everything from C Drive to SSD?

Posted by @Teresa

September 1, 2016

Learn how to transfer everything including all files and programs in C drive to new SSD in laptop and desktop via free cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard in Windows 10/8/7.

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 as well as some favorite software would be the best arrangement of making use of its merits.

Hard disk failure, laptop upgrade, and disk RAID are likely to require you to transfer C drive to SSD in order not to reinstalling everything. Whichever reason you hold, you have to learn how to complete this task.

How to transfer C drive to SSD?

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.

Good news is you can use another easier way when transferring entire C drive to SSD. Free backup software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista AOMEI Backupper Standard allows you to move operating system, System Reserved Partition as well as installed software in C drive to SSD with several clicks. You don’t have to do that many practical operations. You are able to clone system to smaller SSD as long as the SSD is no smaller than the used part of C drive. Download it and have a try now.

(Windows 7) Move C drive to SSD with AOMEI Backupper

Note: If there is partition on the SSD, it will be overwritten as destination path. Make sure to backup files you care most ahead of time.

Step1. Connect your SSD with computer (If it's a laptop, you can connect SSD via SATA to USB cable or SATA case). Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select System Clone after clicking Clone. To unlock this function in free version, you need to share a message on your social network.

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Step2. Choose your SSD as the destination location. This software has selected C drive and System Reserved Partition for you.

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Step3. Confirm Operation Summary, check Align partition to optimize for SSD box and click Start Clone.

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  • To make system boot successfully from SSD, you need to either remove old hard drive and change boot settings in BIOS.
  • If the SSD is large enough, you can check Sector by sector clone box to move every sector to SSD.

Only three steps, you can transfer everything from C drive to SSD without reinstalling using AOMEI Backupper Standard. This free software has many other useful features, such as system backup, backup hard drive without booting Windows, universal restore, create bootable media, etc. It is also a great alternative to Windows 7 backup and restore as well as File History in Windows 8/10.