A solid-state drive (SSD) is a new generation of computer storage devices. SSDs use flash-based memory much faster than a traditional mechanical hard disk. Upgrading to an SSD is one of the best ways to speed up your computer.
SSDs are more durable, run cooler, and use less energy. Solid-state drives deliver faster load times for games, applications, and movies.
This article will teach you how to copy the windows 11/10 installation to an SSD.
During this process, you’ll need to connect your SSD and old hard drive to your computer simultaneously. If you’re using a laptop with only one hard drive slot, you’ll need an external adapter, dock, or enclosure to connect your empty SSD to your computer over USB.
When the SSD is installed or connected to your computer, you can start cloning your old Windows installation to the new SSD. Let’s start with how to do it;
How to Copy Windows 11 or 10 installation to an SSD?
Step 1. Download the DiskGenius freeware tool. (The download link is at the end of this article)
Step 2. Install and launch on your computer.
Step 3. Then, choose the Tools > System Migration option.
Step 4. In the pop-up window, select the drive where Windows 11/10 is installed. You can choose more partitions if your SSD storage capacity is enough to store all the data of your old HDD. Once the partition is selected, click the
Step 5. After that, another pop-up window will appear and list all connected disks except the system disk. Choose the destination disk and click the
Step 6. The DiskGenius allows adding or removing partitions to be migrated, resizing partitions on the target disk, and configuring the boot sequence before the process. You can configure all these according to your needs.
If the source disk contains partitions unrelated to system boot, you can migrate them to the new disk; for example, right-click on the partition and select “Migrate to the target disk.”
Further, if you feel the new system partition is too large or small, you can right-click on the partition edge and drag the mouse to resize it, as follows.
Finally, check the option “When finished, change the computer boot sequence,” and you can choose whether to boot from the target disk automatically after system migration completes. Please note that these options are available for UEFI-based systems, and you’ll need to manually boot to BIOS to modify the boot sequence for MBR disks.
Step 7. Next, click the
Step 8. You will see a warning message saying it will overwrite all files and partitions on the target disk. Click the
Step 9. Click the
Now, wait to let DiskGenius complete the process.
You can download DiskGenius from here.
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