How to Migrate to a Solid-State Disk Without Reinstalling Windows


Installing a solid-state disk is one of the best upgrades which we are quite familiar; however, migrating your Windows installation to a small disk must be more complicated, because the data won't necessarily all fit on the new disk. Here's how to migrate to a SSD disk without reinstalling Windows.

We've provided you a lot about migrating from an old drive to a larger one through disk clone, but when migrating to an SSD, things get a little more confusing. Instead of upgrading to a bigger drive, you're usually migrating to a smaller drive, a lot of files-like photos, music, movies, and games-might not all fit on the SSD. Fortunately, it becomes pretty easy now, and you can get all these done within several hours.

The first-phase preparations must be backing up everything, and then deleting your personal files - like your documents, movies and music-from the current hard disk, which will make your Windows installation small enough to fit on the SSD. Then we'll clone your current disk onto the SSD, and completely wipe your current drive. From there, all your user folders - like My Documents, My Music, etc. will be moved to the original hard drive, and restore all your personal files from the backup image. In this way, you can enjoy the benefits of high speed to migrate while keeping all your documents and files readily accessible on a second drive.

What You Need for migrating system to SSD

Given these troubles, many people wouldn't upgrade their windows 7 hard drive unless they have no choice. So is there any easy and safe way to solve this problem - upgrading to a larger disk without reinstalling Windows 7 system or losing any data?

Surfing on the Internet, you will find numerous ways to help you out. Of course, the common recommendation offered by most people is to choose professional hard drive clone software which can create an exact copy of one hard drive to another one, keeping all the partitions and data including the operating system intact as they were in the original (source) disk. Among sea of software, which one is the best for your PC and the data?

How to upgrade Windows 7 system hard drive?

There are a variety of ways to go about this, but we've found this to be the simplest and most reliable method. The following is what you'll need:

  • Your current hard disk, with Windows installed. To make it easy, we'll call this disk for short - that is, the disk you're migrating from - your "current hard disk" throughout the process.
  • A solid-state disk. This is the disk you'll be migrating to. To get a rough idea of how big it should be, go to your current disk, navigate to C:\Users\ and right-click on your user folder. Click Properties, and mark down how much space that folder takes up. Head to My Computer and note how much space Drive C: has filled up, and subtract your user folder's size from C:'s total. That's how big your SSD needs to be, though I'd give yourself a good deal of free space for future updates and new programs.
  • A backup of all your data. Since it's impossible to clone only part of a drive, you'll need to remove your music, movies, and other personal files from your current disk before migrating Windows to the SSD, which means you'd better back up your data somewhere else. Just make sure that data is safe and recoverable as we'll be restoring it later on.
  • EaseUS Todo Backup. This is the program we'll be using to migrate your installation. It's easy to use, can perform multiple operations at once.

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How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows

With this Windows 7 hard drive clone freeware, you won't be annoyed by losing your data or reinstalling Windows 7 system on the new disk. Just a few clicks help you to upgrade Windows 7 system drive.

Free System migration software - EaseUS Todo Backup Free

Step-by-step tutorial: How to clone hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup?

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