Move windows to SSD without reinstalling OS

Updated on August 17th, 2015

Overview of SSD

SSD is a kind of new storage device which gains great popularity these days. Being different from traditional hard drives, SSD contains no moving parts and it stores data on flash memory. The visible difference between SSD and HDD lies in that SSD has faster speed of reading and writing data, which should thanks to that SSD doesn’t use rotating platters nor moving headers. Besides, SSD is more reliable and makes less noise.

Why do we need to move Windows to SSD?

Moving Windows to SSD is the process of migrating operating system from HDD to SSD. Some users might be puzzled that why we need to move Windows to SSD. Here we sum up reasons in two aspects.

On one hand, we can get better performance. SSD is much faster than mechanical hard drives, thus system booting time and data accessing time will decrease immensely after moving OS to SSD. For example, Windows 8 boots from SSD within 10 seconds.

On the other hand, many of us must have met the problem that system partition reports low disk space problem. Such issue will pose bad effect on computer performance. If this problem is not solved, then you’ll face risk of system corruption. Thus system should be installed to partition that provides enough capacity. As technology advanced, the price of SSD is affordable to many users. It’s good choice to add an SSD to computer and move Windows to it.

How to move Windows to SSD without reinstalling OS?

Many users may frown on the migrating of Windows, as they think it is a tedious task, for instance, it takes long time and patience to reinstall system as well as programs. Fortunately, we no longer have to do that now. PartitionGuru, Windows partition manager, enables users to move Windows to SSD without reinstalling operating system. Moreover, it is able to make bootable USB disk, convert MBR to GPT, resize partition, backup partition table, etc. The partition table of SSD and HDD should be the same, if not, you should make conversion first. If you use GUID partition table, then you should make sure that BIOS support EFI/UEFI boot.

Step 1: Create a partition on SSD and set the partition size (sector number) the same with current partition where Windows installs.Windows partition manager

Step 2: Download, install and start PartitionGuru. Click menu item “Tools” and select “Clone Partition”.

Step 3: Set the target partition as the newly created partition and select original partition. Then select clone module “Copy All Sectors”.

Step 4: Click “Start” and the partition manager starts moving Windows to SSD. The process may takes a while if there are too many files and large disk space of the original system partition.