Two Ways to Migrate Windows 7 to SSD Without Reinstall Windows

Posted by @Ada

July 27, 2017

Migrating Windows 7 to SSD allows you to enjoy a faster running speed and better performance. This passage will introduce how to migrate Windows 7 to SSD.

What situation should you migrate Windows 7 to SSD?

Suffered a lot from hard disk? For instance, low running speed, wear and tear of hard disk. Do not worry, migrating Windows 7 to SSD can help you out.

After a span of time, your computer becomes slower and slower. Sometimes, even you may take several minutes to boot up and wait for a quite long time to open programs and files.

In order to avoid this problem, users need to replace the present hard disk with a better one. And there's no better way to speed up and upgrade a laptop than upgrading to an SSD.

Advantages of SSD over HDD

Nowadays, SSD becomes more and more popular. Compared with HDD, SSD is more expensive. However, it has many advantages over HDD.

SSD has faster read-write speed than HDD.

SSD has less dissipation and zero noise.

SSD is not easy to wear out.

SSD is smaller in volume and lighter in weight, which is convenient for users to take away.

With high demands for fast speed, most of users will choose to upgrade the present hard drive to SSD. Generally speaking, there are two ways to upgrade SSD. You can choose either to reinstall Windows or migrate OS to SSD. Reinstalling Windows sounds really easy. Just do a fresh install, reinstall applications on SSD. However, it is a time-consuming work and actually not easy at all. Believe me, you do not want to get into this trouble. So, you’d better upgrade SSD by migrating OS to SSD. It is fast and easy to operate.

How to migrate Windows 7 to SSD?

Basically, there are two ways to migrate Windows 7 to SSD. You can either migrate OS to SSD with Windows build-in tool or with a third party freeware.

Migrate Windows 7 to SSD with built-in tool

Windows 7 itself comes with backup & restore function. You can create a system image backup to SSD, and then use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to create Windows 7 bootable USB drive so that you can boot from SSD. Here are detailed operation steps.

Create system image backup

Step 1: Click Start, choose Control Panel. In Control Panel, select System and Security. Find out Back and Restore. Then click “Create a system image”.

Create a System Image

Step 2: Choose SSD as destination to save backup. Click Next to proceed.

Backup to SSD

Step 3: You’ll be asked: “which drives do you want to include in the backup?” The system drive and system reserved drive are included by default. You can add more drives to the image file or you can just ignore this part. Click Next to continue.

Step 4: check the backup location and the size of the backup image. Confirm the settings by clicking Start backup. When finished, the system image backup is saved on the SSD.

Confirm Your Backup Settings

Use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to create Windows 7 bootable USB drive

Step 5: After creating system image backup, you should create Windows 7 bootable USB drive. Download and install Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

Step 6: Before creating the bootable USB drive, the first thing you need to do is to locate the ISO of Windows 7 installation file.

Step 7: Select the media type that you would like to create Windows 7 backup device. Here choose USB device. Just connect a USB device that is at least 4 GB.

Choose Media Type

Step 8: 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 9: Here comes the interface of Install Windows. Click Repair your computer at down left corner.

Repair Your Computer

Step 10: Click “Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier”, and then click Next.

System Recovery Options

Step 11: Click Use the latest available system image(recommended). And then click next to complete the restore process. Reboot the system and you’ll find that you have migrated Windows 7 from HDD to SSD.

Select a System Image Backup

You may think this method is too complicated and a little time-consuming. However, compared with fresh install, the advantage of this method is that you do not have to reinstall Windows. Fresh install does not include the previous operating system, applications, or data files. For this reason, actually, you saved much time because you kept the operating system, applications, or data files with this method.

If you think this method is too complicated and a little time-consuming, you can just use a third party software to migrate OS to SSD Windows 7 effortlessly.

An easier way to migrate Windows 7 to SSD with a third party software

AOMEI Backupper Pro is a professional disk backup and system clone software. It can clone HDD to SSD Windows 7 without reinstalling Windows. Also, it is very fast and easy to use. You can clone OS to SSD just with few clicks. Let’s see how to migrate OS to SSD with AOMEI Backupper Pro.

Step 1: Download and run AOMEI Backupper Pro.

Step 2: Click “Clone “ tab and select “System Clone”.

System Clone

Step 3: Click the SSD to select the SSD as the destination disk and click “Next”. 

Destination Partition

Step 4: For SSD optimization, you can check the “Align partition to optimize for SSD” option, and then Click “Start Clone” to start the cloning process.

Start Clone

After cloning HDD to SSD Windows 7, go to BIOS when booting and change the boot type to SSD. Then you can boot from SSD.

Note

The destination disk will be overwritten after clone. Therefore if it contains any important data, you must do disk backup of the destination disk before you apply the operation.

Conclusion

There are two ways you can choose based on your preference if you need to migrate Windows 7 to SSD. One is free but complicated; one is easy but charged.

As an all-in-one software, besides the ability to migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD, AOMEI Backupper Pro also owns other powerful functions, such as imaging disks or partitions. It also supports image file encryption, compression, and splitting. As for the three basic backup means-full, incremental and differential backup, it can carry out excellently. Besides Windows 7, it also supports Windows 8/8.1/10, Windows Vista and XP.