Data Migration to Replace/Upgrade Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Posted by @AOMEI

June 3, 2016

Data migration can help you replace or upgrade hard drive by migrating system and data from one hard drive to another in Windows 10/8/7.

What is data migration?

Generally, data migration refers to the process of transferring data between two storage devices, which is usually used to replace or upgrade hard drive without the trouble of reinstalling Windows operating system (OS), installed software, or games. Usually, the system and applications will be running as they should after the migration unless you migrate data to another computer with dissimilar hardware. The duration time of the data migration depends mainly on the amount of data that needs transferring and then write and read speed of the both hard drives. Different from the software you use, it may or may require downtime.

Data Migration software

Some intensive users probably want to run the computer 24/7, and then AOMEI Backupper Standard comes into play. It is a totally free data backup and migration tool that require no downtime. It supports Windows 10/8/7 and you can perform a data or system migration with Windows running. Of course, it also allows you to create a bootable media in order to run this software without loading Windows system. You can use it to migrate system, hard drives, or partitions to another storage device. When you want to replace a hard drive with all the data transferred, you can use the Disk Clone feature, which allows you to adjust the partition size on the destination disk that receives the data migration. When the destination disk has less capacity than the original one, the program will automatically adjust the size of destination partitions to ensure all data being transferred, so you are worry free when you want to migrate data from large HDD to smaller SSD. If the destination disk is an SSD, it will provide an option “Align partition to optimize for SSD”, which will optimize Windows for the use of an SSD to give you a way better performance.

How to migrate data to new hard drive?

If you want to replace a desktop hard drive, you can install the new HDD or SSD to your computer via SATA cable and power cable. If you want to upgrade a laptop hard drive, you can connect the new drive externally with an SATA-to-USB adapter, and then remove the original drive and installed the newly cloned one when the migration is done. Make sure the new original and new hard drives are both well connected and then you can use AOMEI Backupper to do a data migration referring to the steps below.

To migrate data to new hard drive:

1. Download, install and launch the free migration tool on your computer.

2. At the main interface, click the “Clone” option and the select “Disk Clone” to transfer all data including system, software, games to another drive. If you prefer to migrate OS only to the new hard disk , you should select “System Clone” instead.

Clone Types

3. As the instruction suggests, select the source disk by clicking it and click “Next”. In the next screen, select the destination disk and then click “Next” to continue.

Select Source

4. It will bring you the Operation Summary screen. You can see three extra options down the left bottom, and you can click to change the default settings based on your needs. After that, click “Start Clone” to get the migration running.

Start Clone

It may take a while if you have a lot of files to transfer, but you can still use the computer while the data migration running in the back. You can also use AOMEI Backupper to backup hard drive and then restore it to the new disk in order to replace hard drive since it is also regarded as a backup and restore tool. What’s more, you can even restore to dissimilar hardware with a disk backup or system backup.