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Windows 10 is relatively easy to move to an SSD. You do not necessarily need the migration software of the SSD manufacturers. We’ll show you how to clone Windows 10 from your old hard drive or SSD to a new SSD.

In the past, I had to move several operating systems from one hard drive to another. Be it because the original hard drive was too small or because I wanted to clone Windows from a hard drive to a new SSD. Because with a well-equipped operating system I have no desire to make a new installation on the new SSD. I’d rather just move the disk contents. Here I show how it works.

Move Windows 10 to SSD & Clone – with Kit / Set / Upgrade Bundle

If you buy a new SSD, you can purchase them individually or in a kit. Instead of “kit” often the term “set” or “upgrade bundle” is used. This means that these SSDs have the necessary software, including cables and enclosures, to clone Windows 10, which is on your old hard drive, to the new SSD. These methods are similar, but of course they differ slightly, depending on which SSD manufacturer you choose. With HyperX, a 480 GB SSD and upgrade bundle costs around 155 euros *; without a kit it is 10 euros less.

If you buy a new SSD, you can use the vendor solutions to clone the old disk. Samsung’s software is called Samsung Data Migration Software. In this case, follow the instructions of the manufacturers. But if you already have a SSD at home, you can move it without a kit, as shown below.

Move Windows 10 to SSD – for free without upgrade kit

Many at home only have an SSD without an upgrade kit, such as the Samsung 750 Evo 500GB *. In order to move Windows 10 from the old hard disk to the new SSD, the following requirements must be met:

  • The storage space of your hard drive or partition on which Windows 10 is stored is smaller than the storage space of the new SSD.
  • You need a free tool that can create and restore an image backup of Windows 10.
  • You need a power and SATA cable * to connect your SSD to your PC’s motherboard.

Clone and move Windows to SSD – instructions

If the requirements are met, you can start cloning your SSD. We use Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition as a free image software. You can also use other software like Macrium Reflect Free Edition, if you know it better.

To move Windows to an SSD, do the following:

  • Open Paragon Backup & Recovery and create an image backup of your Windows 10 hard drive or partition.
  • Follow these instructions: How do I create a backup before the Windows 10 upgrade?
  • However, you do not select the SSD as the storage location for the image file. Select a second hard disk or second partition in your PC as the target.
  • After creating the image file, shut down Windows 10. Then connect your SSD to the PC and start Windows up again.

If the Windows Explorer does not display the new SSD, follow the tip:

  • Windows: External hard disk is not displayed: Solution.
  • Now start the Paragon tool again and restore your image file: As target location, you now select your SSD. See how the restore works in the article below. How do I make a backup before the Windows 10 upgrade?
  • For this you need in this case, however, no USB flash drive to boot.
  • Be sure to enable the option to enable the C partition after recovery.
  • When the process is complete, you may still be able to choose to match the old partitions that have now been transferred to the new SSD to the new size of the SSD. We recommend not to do that and correct the partitions later in Windows 10.
  • After Windows 10 has been restored to the SSD, you can shut down the PC and disconnect the old hard drive with Windows 10 from the PC.
  • Because now the PC of the new SSD with Windows 10 is to boot.
  • You may now need to open the BIOS to change the boot order so that the new SSD is at the top.

In Windows 10 you will now open the disk management and can adjust the size of the partitions. In general, you need to increase the partition (s) so that all the space on the SSD is available. You can find out how to do this here: enlarge the partition in Windows 7, 8 and 10.

If you are familiar with the Clonezilla backup tool, you can also use it for cloning. Here is a tutorial using the example of Ubuntu: Ubuntu: Creating and restoring an image backup (CloneZilla) – step by step instructions.


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