Transfer OEM Windows 10 to New Hard Drive in a Few Steps

Posted by @Ivy

May 21, 2019

AOMEI Backupper can help you transfer OEM Windows 10 to new hard drive in a few steps. See below and learn how to move OEM Windows 10 to HDD/SSD.

What is OEM?

OEM (short for original equipment manufacturer) is a full version of the operating system, which ends up preinstalling on PCs. And OEM version has its own license key. You can Buy OEM license keys online or in store and build PCs by yourself.

If you use an OEM copy, you are supposed to take on the role of the manufacturer of your device. And you need to ask the manufacturer of your device for help instead of Microsoft when your computer run into problems. At the same time, the OEM copy is locked to the hardware on which it was first activated.  

Reasons to transfer Windows 10 OEM to new hard drive

As mentioned above, the OEM version can only be used on the first activated computer. In general, if change the hardware of your computer, you need to buy a new copy of OEM. But no one wants to spend extra money on it.

If your original hard drive is too small, you may want to move OEM Windows 10 to HDD and get more capacity. Also, you can move OEM Windows 10 to SSD to get better performance, including faster running speed, fast loading speed.

Can you move OEM Windows 10 to SSD?

OEM copy belongs to the original manufacturer (like Dell, Lenovo) instead of Windows. And the OEM copy is locked to the first computer it was applied to. Now, here comes a question: can you move OEM Windows to another drive? The answer is yes.

Although the OEM copy was tied to the first computer you install and activate, it still allows you to upgrade all hardware except for a different motherboard. Thus, you can move OEM Windows 10 to another drive.

Move OEM Windows 10 to SSD in a few steps

To transfer Windows 10 OEM copy, you need to use a third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It's a free disk cloning software. And it can help you upgrade hard drive to SSD, clone MBR to GPT disk, etc.

When you clone hard drive, this software will remind you if your SSD disk is not big enough. Besides, it offers you some useful features. It can optimize your SSD disk to get better performance and longer lifetime. It allows you to edit partitions on the destination disk and fix unallocated space after cloning to a larger disk.

Detailed steps:

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Disk Clone under the Clone tab. Besides, you can choose System Clone (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) if SSD disk is smaller than Windows 10 hard drive.

Disk Clone 1

Step 3. Select the old hard drive as Source Disk.

Destination Disk 1

Step 4. Click Start Clone to run the pending operation and wait for final result.

Transfer OEM Windows 10 to New Hard Drive 1


1. If your new disk is SSD, you are supposed to tick Align partition to optimize for SSD . This option can accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD disk.

2. Edit partitions on the destination disk are very useful, especially when you clone disk to larger disk. In general, if you clone hard drive to a larger hard drive, you will get an unallocated space. To fix this problem, you are supposed to edit it before you click Start Clone.

3.  Sector by sector clone is not recommended. If you tick this option, this software will clone all sectors on the old drive, including the blank sector and bad sector. And the bad sector will affect your hard drive. Besides, if you tick this option, Edit partitions on the destination disk will be unavailable.


OEM copy was tied to the first computer you install and activate. But the manufacturer allows you to change all hardware except for motherboard. That's to say, you are allowed to transfer OEM Windows 10 to new hard drive.

To transfer OEM copy, you need a disk cloning software. I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can move OEM Windows 10 to SSD without effort. Also, it can optimize the writing and reading speed of new SSD disk. It can also edit the partitions on the destination if your destination disk is larger than old disk. It is also a good tool to clone hard drive in Windows 10 to SSD or new hard drive.