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Reinstalling Windows 10 from HDD to SDD

In order to enhance the booting time of your Windows 10 as well as to upgrade the overall performance of the system to an advanced level, the best way is to reinstall the Windows from HDD to SDD!

Users who are running on old hard disk and are struggling with the startup speed prefer to switch to the solid state drive. However, the process is little time consuming but it keeps all your personal data safe. Here, in this article, we have covered all the necessary steps…

First of all, make a list of requirements needed to reinstall Windows 10 from HDD to SDD. Apart from SSD, you’ll have to keep in mind certain other things as well. Let’s see them:

  • If you are a laptop user, you have to purchase a SATA-to-USB cable. This actually will allow you connect a 2.5 inches’ hard drive or SSD to the laptop via USB. Moreover, another way is to install the SSD in an external hard drive enclosure. But this may seem to be a little time-consuming.
  • A reliable cloning tool
  • It is always advisable to have a backup of your data before you start messing the hard drive. So, ensure to keep everything safely so that you don’t lose any of your important personal files.

Let’s get started…

Step 1: Defrag the disk

  • Go to the Cortana search field on the taskbar and type defrag. When you see Defragment and Optimize Drives as the best match, click on it
  • A window with a title Optimize drives will appear on the screen. The tool displays a list of all drives including their Media type and Current status. If you carefully see the Current status column, it shows how much percent each drive is fragmented
  • Choose the system drive and click on Analyze button
  • In the next screen, again select the hard drive and this time do a click on Optimize Wait for the defragmentation to complete successfully

Step 2: Backup all the data

Once you decided to mess up with your disk, the very first thing is to “backup all the data” of your system. An external drive is a great option to store all your precious files over it. If you don’t possess any external HDD, you can move those extra data over any of the cloud-based services such as “OneDrive”.

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Step 3: Remove all the additional spaces

Usually, SSDs have very less space when compared to traditional hard drives. So, you have to make sure that your system partition will fit properly on the new SSD by removing unnecessary data.

The best place to start is by exploring the Videos and Music folders. Along with that uninstalling the software that you don’t run anymore will also restore some space!

Step 4: Cloning the drive

After slimming down the old disk, start the procedure of migrating the data to the new “solid-state drive” to successfully reinstall Windows 10 from HDD to SSD with the help of a professional cloning tool.

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Step 5: Remove the old drive

once the cloning phase is completed, File Explorer displays the new system drive. Switch on the system and boot it from SSD. However, you may have to enter the “Boot menu” and pick up the “solid state drive” as the drive that the system will boot from now onwards.

Open the File Explorer and now delete the old drive. But make sure not to remove the backup. Perform a right click on the drive and from the list of options, choose Format. Wait for the format to complete and do away with all the items on the old drive.

Step 6: Recover old data from backup

  • Go to the old drive (which is empty) and create a new folder here. In this folder, you will store all user folder and personal files
  • Name the folder as per preference
  • Navigate to C:\users\username(replace the username with the actual one). Here, you should see all your user folders in that location
  • Make a right-click on the folders one by one and select Properties
  • Switch to the Locationtab, click Move button and browse to the newly created folder as the target location. Doing so will place all the user folders such as Documents, Desktop, Music, Pictures Downloads, etc. on the old HDD
  • As the last thing that is left is to restore your personal files. So open the backup folder (either “external or cloud service” whatever you choose as the backup location)
  • Drag all your user files to the new user folder that you have generated above. By doing this all your personal data will be accessible

That’s all about how to reinstall Windows 10 from HDD to SSD. Everything should absolutely work as before, but only faster and quicker!

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