How to Migrate Windows to SSD with Disk Genius

Installing Windows on a Solid State Drive (SSD) will greatly speed things up. Installing a new copy of Windows on an SSD is very easy, but migrating an existing installation to an SSD is difficult.

Migrating Windows OS from HDD to SSD is a delicate process and may result in data loss if you are not careful enough. Therefore, in this article, we will explain how to properly perform this transfer using DiskGenius.


What are SSDs?

A solid state drive, or SSD, is a storage device that typically uses flash memory instead of moving parts to store persistent data. SSD as a storage device is often described as the successor to hard disk drives (HDD).

SSDs perform the same function as hard drives, albeit more efficiently. For example, it is used in personal computers, smartphones, external storage devices, and game consoles such as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The latest type of SSD is the NVMe drive, which offers the fastest data transfer speeds of any storage device. Nevertheless, this speed is more expensive than traditional HDDs.


Why SSDs are better than HDDs for Windows installations

In the SSD vs HDD debate, the SSD clearly has the upper hand. SSDs are on average four times faster than HDDs when reading and writing data. Moreover, if you install Windows OS on SSD, the boot time will be 20 seconds. Conversely, booting from the HDD and doing the same install can take up to a minute.

Additionally, SSDs are smaller, lighter and have no moving parts than HDDs. Therefore, it is less susceptible to physical damage. HDDs can now deliver higher storage capacities than SSDs, but the gap is closing rapidly. For ordinary users, this difference is not obvious.

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Gamers, musicians, and graphic designers can enjoy using SSDs for speed, noise reduction, and improved performance. Additionally, users who travel frequently will benefit from the faster boot times offered by SSDs.

Migrate Windows from HDD to SSD with Disk Genius

Now that you know why SSDs are better, let’s move Windows from HDD to SSD.

1. Back up important data

Migrating a Windows installation from one storage device to another is a tricky and potentially dangerous process. It can easily corrupt your data, or worse, wipe it out completely. So make sure to back up all your data before starting the transfer process.

The installation process will delete all data stored on the target SSD, so you should back up the data on that device as well. For information on how to keep your data safe, please refer to the Windows Data Backup Guide.

Additionally, you can back up your data to an external storage device or the cloud. We recommend saving to the cloud for maximum data security as external storage devices can be damaged. However, this option requires an internet connection.


2. Download and run DiskGenius

DiskGenius is a tried and trusted disk management and data recovery tool by many users. This free software can be downloaded by visiting the Downloads page on the DiskGenius website.please click download Click the button to download the installer program.

After downloading, navigate to the download location and open the installer. Once open, select your language, read and accept the license agreement. Then wait for the installation to complete. DiskGenius usually creates a shortcut on your desktop.

Then open your Windows desktop, find the DiskGenius shortcut and double-click it to run the program.

3. Open System Migration Tool in DiskGenius

With DiskGenius open, OS migration Select a tool or go to Tools > System MigrationMake sure the SSD is connected to your computer. It can be connected as an external device or installed in the appropriate motherboard slot.

4. Select target disk

After opening the OS migration tool, identify and select the SSD as the destination disk. If the only other storage device attached to your computer is an SSD, this step is very easy. Therefore, all other storage devices should be removed from your PC to avoid confusion.

After selecting the target disk, you will see a pop-up message warning you that all files and partitions on the target disk will be overwritten. If you have important data backed up, this is nothing to worry about.select all right Continue migration.

5. Check system migration settings

The system migration settings window allows you to customize how the migration proceeds. You can set the partition size by dragging arrows between partitions on the target disk.

Moreover, you can choose whether to boot from the target disk after the migration is completed. You can leave this option unchecked if you want to continue booting from the original disk.

Finally, you can prevent your computer from sleeping during the transition.

After confirming the settings, start button on the bottom right of the menu.

Another pop-up message will appear, warning you that your files will be overwritten and emphasizing that you should back up your data.please click all right Click the button to continue.

6. Choose a migration mode

The next step is to choose one of the two migration modes. hot migration Take a snapshot without closing the current system. Be sure to save your data before selecting this option. Alternatively, you can reboot into Windows Pocket Edition (WinPE).

is recommended. hot migration Modes give you more control over the transfer process. You can easily stop migration from this mode. What’s more, if the target disk is disconnected from your PC, you can quickly restore to the original disk.

7. Wait for completion

After choosing the migration mode, DiskGenius will create a snapshot of your Windows OS and start copying data to the target SSD. All you have to do is wait while this happens.

You can continue to use your computer as normal. However, we recommend against doing so for two reasons. First, it can interfere with the transfer process and have to start over. Second, any work you do on your computer during the migration won’t be reflected in the new copy of the OS.

8. Reboot from SSD

Once the migration is complete, your computer will be ready to boot from the SSD. Depending on your migration settings, the reboot may happen automatically and you can resume working normally.

If it still doesn’t boot automatically, you can enter the BIOS in Windows and choose to boot from the SSD. The Windows OS on the SSD is the same as the one installed on the original disk. So all files and settings are intact.


Finally, before formatting the original HDD, you need to make sure it can boot properly from the target disk.

Get the most out of your SSD

Finally, you’re ready to install Windows on your SSD and get the most out of your SSD. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the program loads very quickly. Therefore, you can take advantage of this advantage by installing performance-intensive programs on the SSD.

However, you should be careful not to fill your SSD with files and applications indiscriminately. The perfect balance is keeping your favorite games and applications on your SSD while storing multimedia files and infrequently used programs on your HDD.

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