Migrate C Drive to SSD on Windows

The Windows computers or laptops that come with traditional hard drives are pretty slow and at the same time outdated! Upgrading to a new, super-fast solid state drive (or SSD) is the righteous way to speed up an old computer. Moving your Windows installation can be tedious, especially since SSDs are often smaller than their traditional hard drive counterparts.

However, there is a way to transfer Windows C drive to an SSD. Just continue reading…

Why transfer C drive to an SSD, but why not HDD?

You may wonder why people need to migrate C drive to SSD! Well, SSD is known for its best Read & Write speed due to no moving parts inside. It always holds less capacity than traditional HDDs at present. There are still more advantages of SSD compared to HDD, and here are those:

  • Better experience with portability
  • Power consumption is low
  • No noise and heat production
  • Better shock persistence, which decreases the risk of losing data caused by shake and strike

“If at all at any point of time you lose data from SSD drive say from your Samsung drive, just make use of Remo Recover Software and resolve the issue of data recovery.”

Since there is no reading and writing times limit on HDD, it is a great data storage device and hence some users use hard drive and SSD combo in their systems. But other users who have only one disk bay like a laptop on their computer and want to benefit from SSD, they have to upgrade laptop hard drive to SSD entirely. By now, you may have got the idea which one is better for OS installation.

“Backup your Windows system before you move C drive to SSD”

Yes! Before you begin, make sure to backup system and data firstly. Even though transferring process will not cause loss of data, but sometimes it is better to be careful with your data.

How to replace Windows C drive with SSD? 

Step 1:  Shrink the C drive to fit on the smaller SSD because normally the HDD is much larger than the SSD. To do this, right-click “Computer”-> “Manage”-> “Disk Management” and right-click the C drive, select “Shrink Partition”.

Note: In ‘Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB’ enter a value that’s at least 10% smaller than the usable capacity of your SSD.

Step 2: Backup the shrunken C drive and its system reserved partition to backup disk. Navigate to “Control Panel”-> “System and Security”-> “Backup and Restore”-> “Create a system image”. Once the backup image is made, it will ask for creating a repair disc. If you have Windows Installation disk, then click “No”, if not, prepare a CD/DVD and click “Yes” to go through the wizard. Then, shut down your computer.

Step 3: Install SSD and restore from the backup image. Open your PC case and disconnect all drives except for backup disk. Then, insert the repair disk or Windows installation disk. After the PC boot from the optical disc, select “Repair your computer”-> “Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier”-> “Use the latest available system image”. Make sure there is only one hard drive that you want to restore because it will be erased. If there are other hard drives, you should exclude them. Click “Next”-> “Finish”-> “Don’t Restart”-> “Shutdown”.

Step 4: Finally, plug all the drives back except for the original OS drive to check out whether the computer will boot successfully or not. Boot your computer and open Disk Management. Right-click the new OS partition and select “Extend Volume” to fill the SSD. Enter a single command via the command prompt in administrator mode. Go to “Start”-> “All programs”-> “Accessories”, then right-click “Command Prompt” and run it as an administrator.

Type in this command: Winsat disk.

This command line makes Windows detect the new drive as an SSD and thus enable all the features unique to these drives.

Beneficial Tip: As for the old HDD, you can use it as a secondary storage for your computer after SSD works well and formatting the old C drive.

What’s more, for desktops, an SSD with a 60 GB capacity is more than enough. For laptops, it is more complicated because you normally have only one disk bay. When you move around a lot with the laptop, a bigger SSD (120 GB or 250 GB) may be in order, with the budget allowing anyway.

The most important thing is the storage space must be large enough to store your Windows OS. If not, and you don’t want to purchase a larger one, then uninstall some applications or files to minimize your C drive.

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