How to Migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without Reinstalling?

July 3, 2019

Migrating Windows 10 to M.2 SSD is a good way to speed up your computer. Learn how to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to M.2 SSD in this article.

Why do you need to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD?

An M.2 SSD, originally known as the Next-Generation Form Factor (NGFF), is a solid-state drive that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage expansion cards of a small form factor. Nowadays, M.2 SSD has become the first choice for people who want to Migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD.

After a span of time, your HDD is running slower and slower. You may need several minutes to boot the computer or wait for a long time to open files and programs. Therefore, users wish to upgrade HDD to M.2 SSD to get a faster read-write speed. In addition, SSD has less dissipation and zero noise.

How to transfer Windows 10 from HDD to M.2 SSD?

Generally, there are two ways to migrate HDD to SSD, you can either use Windows built-in tool or a third party disk cloning tool. Next, I will walk you through the detailed steps of each way.

Way 1. Using Windows built-in tool

You can create a system backup and them restore it on SSD.

Step 1. Type backup and restore in the Search Box and open Backup and Restore. Then click Create a system image.

Step 2. Select an external hard as destination place to save your backup.

Step 3. The system drive and system reserved drive are included by default. Click Next to continue.

Step 4. Confirm the settings and click Start Backup.

Step 5. Download Windows 10 Media Creation tool and make a bootable USB.

Step 6. When bootable USB drive finished, shut down the computer and connect SSD. Go to BIOS when booting and change the boot type to USB drive.

Step 7. Click Repair your computer, then go to Troubleshoot->Advanced Options->System image recovery.

Step 8. Here you will go to the Re-image your computer screen, click Use the latest available system image(recommended). And then click next and follow the instruction to complete the restore process.

System Image Restore

Way 2. Using M.2 SSD cloner

As you can see migrating Windows 10 to M.2 SSD via Windows built-in tool is kind of troublesome, to make things easier, you can use M.2 SSD cloner.

AOMEI Backupper Pro is powerful and safe system clone software which allows you to transfer Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling Windows. Besides Windows 10, it also supports Windows 7/8/XP/Visa. It is very easy to use, only a few clicks, you can clone OS to SSD. Let’s see how to migrate OS to M.2 SSD.

Step 1. Install AOMEI Backupper and open the software. Click Clone and Select System Clone.

System Clone

Step 2. Select the SSD as the destination disk and click Next.

Migrate Windows 10 to M2 SSD

Step 3. For SSD optimization, you can check the “SSD Alignment” option, and then Click Start Clone to start the cloning process.

Operation Summary

Only a few clicks, you can migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD with the help of AOMEI Backupper. After the clone, you can go to BIOS and change the boot device and boot from the M.2 SSD. If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.