Moving Windows 10 to an SSD, No Reinstallation Required

Moving Windows 10 to an SSD, No Reinstallation Required


Windows 10 is one of the better iterations of Microsoft’s Windows that has come out in recent years. The operating system version has gained the favor of many experts and professionals from various tech communities but also the support of most of the Windows user base. As a result, more and more people are installing Windows 10. One of its main strengths is how fast the OS is. Even on an HDD, the operating system will provide far better results than anyA previous versions, but having Windows 10 on an SSD will yield significantly increased speed and efficiency.

Many people are aware of this but don’t bother moving the OS on an SSD simply because it would be too much of a hassle, or at least so they think. The process is actually pretty simple given the fact that the proper tools are used, so this article will focus on showing how this move can be done efficiently and with as little stress and hassle as possible.

Creating a backup

The first step in the plan is to create a backup for all the important files on the computer. This category is suited for everything that the user wants to hold on to past the point of moving the OS on an SSD from an HDD. Depending on how many files and folders are backed up, this process may take a small or average period of time.

Making the HDD fit in the SSD

Since SSDs are usually a lot smaller than HDDs, it is necessary to shrink the former’s size so that it will fit on an SSD, and thus complete the move. Once the backup is ready and secured, the process of deleting everything that isn’t part of the system files can begin. Users shouldn’t be afraid to delete personal files since they are saved in the backup file. It’s important to make the total size of the remaining partition and OS as small as possible so that it will fit on the SSD.

Using a third party tool

This is where using a third party tools comes into play. Using something like EaseUS Todo Backup will help users efficiently copy the partition over to the SSD. In order to do this, they must open the application and use the Choose and Disk Clone options from the left sidebar menu. First, they must select the current HDD after which select the new SSD, which will be the new home of the partition. It is also important to enable the option “Optimize for SSD”.

The last step of the process is to wait until the actual copying is done. This might take more or less, again, based on the size of the partition. There is also an option to automatically shut down the computer once the transfer is complete.