Although Windows 10 is comparatively better than its previous versions with regard to booting time, replacing your regular HDD with an SSD will all the more improve booting time and overall performance. So, if you want to move your Windows partition from an existing HDD to a new SSD, there are a couple of options to do so. Of course, there are dedicated third-party cloning tools available, but you can also do so manually. The manual method of moving your Windows partition to an SSD is explained in this article.
Step 1: Create a system image
The first step to go about the moving process is to create a system image. To create a system image is fairly straightforward. Just follow the steps below.
Launch the backup and restore tool on your Windows
- Click Windows + X keys and select Control Panel
- Then click Backup & Restore
- Select Create a system image that you find right below the Control Panel Home
- Select the external storage (maybe USB flash drive or external hard drive) that you plan to use for backup (Make sure it is connected and turned ON)
- Hit Start to begin the backup process
Step 2: Restore the system image to your SSD
Once you have the system image ready, please make sure you have access to a Windows installation disc. If you don’t have one handy, use the link to download Windows installation files.
- Connect your SSD (the destination drive where you would like to move the Windows partition) and external storage disk (containing system image created in Step 1) to the computer
- Insert the Windows installation disc and restart your system. Wait for a message that asks you to “press any key to boot from disc”; hit any key to continue
- In case you do not see ‘Press any key to boot from disc’ message, then change the BOOT device sequence through BIOS settings to make sure booting from installation disc is given priority over hard disk and restart your system
- Select your language preferences when the system boots from the installation disc
- Click on Repair your computer > Troubleshoot
- Under the Advanced Options menu, select System Image Recovery
- The system by default selects the most recent system image (make sure the image created in Step 1 is selected); click Next to proceed
- It is important to understand that system will format your SSD and create same partitions you had on your HDD; so if you have a partition that you do not want to restore, select Exclude Disks and proceed.
- Next, choose the destination SSD drive and click Finish
Now your SSD will be formatted and partitioned based on the layout and data in the system image. In case your SSD has higher storage than your HDD then the remaining space will be unused and marked unallocated on which you can create further partitions if required.
Wait until the restoration process completes for it may take quite some time. Once it’s complete, your computer will reboot, make sure to remove your installation disc.
Your new SSD will now have everything you had on your old HDD and the computer should now be able to boot from SSD. Just make sure to configure the BIOS boot device order such that your SSD has higher priority over HDD so that BIOS will boot from SSD instead of HDD.
We hope this article helps you move Windows partition from HDD to SSD. With SSD’s you are sure to have a faster boot time and better overall performance.
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