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You need to move your operating system (and all the information it contains) to the new drive. Windows 10 doesn’t make this simple, but the instructions below make cloning and replacing your Windows 10 installation to a new hard drive as easy as possible.
Note: This guide is for persons who only change positions. However, this method may work if you build a new device or replace computers, depending on your configuration. It probably won’t work with anyone virtualization projectAlthough you can find those services if you are willing to pay for them.
Step 1: Prepare the system
Before copying and moving anything, it is essential to make sure that you have cleaned your files so that you can transfer them quickly and painlessly. Fortunately, Windows comes with its own cleaning tool that you should use before moving on.
Just search Disk cleaning and click the corresponding link that appears in the Windows search bar.
Once opened, you’ll see a box with a list of file types that you can use to check the files you’re deleting. Check the file types here carefully, as you need several different types of information (temp files, trash information, etc.). It’s always a good idea to check your options again if you want to keep something.
Click Clean up system files near the bottom of the window. It adds a few other file types to delete, such as previous Windows installations – which can be quite extensive, especially if you’re part of Windows Insider for Windows 10. When Disk Cleanup moves to include system file types, it resets any changes you made in step 2 to the list of file types, so be careful.
choose ALRIGHT Start Disk Cleanup and sweep the garbage from your system. Even with several gigabytes of data, the process should not take too long.
Step 2: Install the migration tool
Windows 10 does not provide a simple cloning method and changes the operating system to a new hard drive. The good news is that there are a lot of apps that allow you to do just that. These are usually backup programs that include significant cloning features specifically designed to transfer Windows 10 from your old hard drive to your SSD (or similar transfers). There are quite a few to choose from, but below are several free options that we recommend.
- EaseUS Todo Backup Free 13.0: The long name hides a well-maintained backup tool with an interface that is friendly to both Windows 10 users and new users.
- EaseUS Partition Master Professional 15.8: A more professional tool with better data management capabilities, Partition Master is for those who know what they are doing and want more control over the migration process. However, make sure you choose the free trial, which should be enough to complete your transfer.
- AOMEI Backupper Standard 6.5: A long-term backup solution with a vibrant interface. This app is a great choice if you like the idea of using backup and cloning tools in future projects, but you don’t have a current solution.
Once you’ve downloaded the backup tool, this is a good time to back up your data in case something goes wrong. Open the tool and see the main menu. All of the above tools have a sidebar and top menu Back up or Backup tool options. Select the appropriate option – the wording may vary again – and choose where you want to back up your files. Then complete the process before proceeding with the transition process.
We probably don’t need to say this, but you shouldn’t back up your data to the hard drive you’re using to transfer. Use a separate external hard drive or specify a cloud service.
Step 3: Select the destination station
Connect a new hard drive – or an old hard drive, depending on how you moved it – to your computer. You have several options for connecting a new internal hard drive, however the most common is SATA. SATA cables are flat, often red, and have an L-shaped bend at one end of the connectors.
Find a free space on your system board where you can plug in the drive and the power cord that is disconnected from the power supply, and be on. If you are stump or confused, see the complete guide by installing a SATA hard drive. Instead, an external SSD typically uses a USB connection or other more straightforward option.
Open the backup application of your choice. Find the option that says in the main menu Move the operating system to the SSD / HDD, Cloneor Move. That’s what you want.
A new window should open and the program will recognize the drives connected to your computer and request the destination drive. Make sure you select a new SSD or other drive as the destination, and make sure there is enough space on the destination drive. This window should also provide useful information about the information on each drive – the example below is from EaseUS Partition Master, above from the AOMEI backup.
Step 4: Adjust the partition size
These backup tools usually provide options for customizing partitions. You can delete partitions on the destination drive if they have previously been used or configured to work with another device. If you are unsure, you may want to delete the partitions on the safe side.
You also have the option to select partition sizes as they move. You can decide to make a copy without resizing the partitions, but this is usually a bad choice that does not take advantage of the tool. Instead, select the option to fit and optimize the partitions to the new drive. Optimize, Resize, and the corresponding commands are what you want to use.
The program cloning wizard now comes under control. View your stations and start the transfer process. Confirm that you want to continue and the software will notify you when it is complete. The cloning process can take some time, but if you run into problems, you should still check that the SATA and power cords are plugged in and that older hard drives have plenty of room to “breathe” so they don’t overheat.
When the transfer is complete, restart your computer and see if everything works. The tool should prompt you to do so, or you can restart your computer after the transfer process is complete automatically. You can then either remove the backup tool or hold it around to increase data management.