Top Two Ways to Install Windows 10 to SSD

July 3, 2019

To install Windows 10 to SSD, you can either have a clean install or clone system from older hard drive to new SSD. You can refer to this article and see how to install Windows 10 to SSD.

Benefits to install Windows 10 to SSD

Nowadays, may user would like to upgrade to Windows 10 on SSD or upgrade their old hard drive and install Windows 10 to SSD because SSD enjoys a good reputation for its better performance. When you install your Operating System on SSD, you can apparently feel that you can boot the computer and open some programs faster.

How to install Windows 10 to SSD?

Generally speaking, you have two methods to install Windows 10 on SSD, which are doing a clean install and cloning your old hard drive to new SSD.

Clean install Windows 10 on SSD

A clean install is an Operating System installation which will remove the current Windows Operating System and user files during the installation process. Besides, all the data on the system hard disk will be wiped out. You can backup Windows 10 to USB drive or another external hard drive in advance.

To clean install Windows 10 to SSD, follow the steps below.

Step 1. You need to download Windows 10 Media Creation tool first and it will help you create a new and correct installation package for Windows 10 on either a USB drive or a CD. Start it up and select the “Create installation media for another PC” option and follow the wizard to create installation media.

Create Installation Media

Step 2. After creating Windows 10 installation media, connect the installation disk to your computer. Shut down your computer, open its case, remove the HDD, and insert the SSD into the drive bay.

Step 3. Press a specified key (usually F2 or F12) when the computer starts up to boot into BIOS and modify the boot order so that your computer will boot from the installation disk.

Step 4. When loaded, select language and other preference, and then click Install Now.

Step 5. When you are asked to enter the product key, type it. Or just skip it and activate it after Windows install finishes.

Tips: Whether you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8 or do a clean install on a brand new SSD, you have to buy the product key to activate Windows. If your SSD has installed Windows 10 already, you can skip to next step, Windows 10 will get activated after fresh installation.

Step 6. When you are asked to select Windows 10 installation type, click Custom: install Windows only.

Clean Install

Step 7. Select your SSD to install Windows.

Install Windows 10 on SSD

Install Windows to SSD with system cloning software

Fresh install Windows will erase all your data on the computer. Besides, it is time-consuming and troublesome. If you want to find an easier way to install Windows on SSD without CD or USB drive, you can use a reliable third party software – AOMEI Backupper.

AOMEI Backupper is an all-in-one Windows disk cloning software. It combines backup, restore and clone features. The system clone feature allows you migrate only OS from old hard drive to the new SSD without efforts. It can help you migrate Windows 10 to smaller SSD without effort. Besides, cloning from MBR disk to GPT disk is also available.

Preparations for system clone:

Insert your SSD into the drive bay and make sure it can be detected. If there is no extra room inside the laptop to install more disks, you may need a SATA to USB adaptor. Install AOMEI Backupper Pro edition. Let’s see how to install Windows 10 to SSD.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper, at the main interface, click Clone, then select System Clone.

System Clone

Step 2. The program is designed to automatically select source partitions for you. Here, you just need to select the SSD as the new location for cloning system, and then click "Next" to continue.

Choose Destination SSD

Step 3. Now comes the operation summary window. If you confirm the operations, please click Start Clone to perform the system clone.

Clone System to SSD Preview


  • If there is only one source partition (C: drive only), you can click the "Edit Partitions" option to adjust the partition size on the destination disk and assign a drive letter to it.

  • You can also tick the "SSD Alignment" option to improve the performance of your SSD.

  • After system clone finishes, shut down the computer. And then disconnect the source disk and connect the destination disk to the socket of the source disk. The source disk could be plugged into another socket as a secondary storage device.

  • If you want to clone system drive along with data partitions to SSD or another hard disk, you can use "Disk Clone" feature.

  • You can clone SSD to HDD in Windows 10 with the same software just in case.

  • The Technician License of AOMEI Backupper Software allows you to install the software on unlimited PCs within one company.


Altogether, you have these two ways to install Windows to SSD: clean stall and system clone. To clone system to SSD with AOMEI Backupper will save you much time and efforts.

If you have neither a second drive bay nor a SATA to USB adaptor, you can use System Backup feature to create a system image, and then restore it to the SSD.