How to Transfer Windows 8/8.1 Installation from HDD to SSD?

Posted by @Cherry

September 30, 2015

Transferring/Moving Windows 8/8.1 installation from HDD to SSD can optimize the performance of computer effectively. But how to do it? AOMEI Backupper Standard will bring a very simple way.

Today, Windows 8/8.1 is widespread used around the world. Most of the computers use the hard disk drive(HDD) to store the data and information. The traditional HDD is the most basic storage disk of computer and it is a metal platter with the magnetic coating. The data can be read and written while it spinning. However, this kind of disk will be broken easily. Fortunately, the technological development brings a new storage disk solid state drive (SSD), which is made by solid state electronic storage chip. So the SSD stores data on the memory chip without platter spinning.

Why we want to transfer Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD?

There are plenty reasons that we should transfer Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD. Besides HDD is a platter that is not as safe as SSD, transfering Windows 8/8.1 to SSD can avoid a lot of bad things. SSD has many advantages that can convince you using it to replace HDD. First, the SSD is a new storage disk made by the solid state electric storage chip, which is safer than the traditional storage platter HDD. Second, unlike HDD, the data on SSD can be read and written directly from the chips, which would be faster than HDD and there isn’t any noisy of the spinning of metal platter. Thirdly, SSD performs better in a serious environment (temperature between -10 to 70℃), while HDD can work only between 5 to 50℃.

So migrate Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD can make your computer works better. Well then, how to migrate the system from HDD to SSD?

How to move Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD?

Windows 8/8.1 doesn’t have the function to move the system from HDD to SSD. So, you need to find a third-party software to help you. Considering with the features and price, here we highly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional. It has great powerful functions that worth to pay. Such as you can use it to backup system, restore system, clone system, create bootable media, etc. You don’t have to worry what if you want to upgrade the system, because AOMEI Backupper supports all the Windows PC operating system including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. This software is easy to use. With its help, moving the Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD could be very easy. Here are the specific steps of transferring Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD.

Before you do, you need to prepare a SSD that is enough to store the system files.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Clone on the main interface and select System Clone.

System Clone

Step2. System Clone will select the system partition as the source partition in default. You can select the destination partition here. Click it and it will be green. Click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

Step3. It will pop out a window to remind you that the destination partition will be overwritten or deleted and ask if you are sure to continue the operation. If there is no problem, click Yes, and Next to move on.

Click Yes

Step4. Here is the summary of the whole operating. You can see the two options on the bottom of this window. The “Sector by sector clone” will clone every byte of the disk including the unused space. This will take more space and spend more time. As for “Align partition to optimize for SSD”, we highly recommend you check it. Because it will optimize the performance of the SSD so that it will work better. After all the settings, click Start Clone to launch the progress.

Start Clone

When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to end up it.

AOMEI Backupper can finish many tasks with few clicks. To migrate Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD, you can also create a system backup image of Windows 8/8.1 on HDD and restore system image backup to SSD.