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Windows OS to SSD

Fresh Install

Windows OS on SSD

Which Method is Right for Me

These two methods will both leave you with a bootable SSD in Windows, but one method will suit your needs better.

1. To keep your original OS, programs, and data on your system drive:
migrate your current OS to the SSD for free with EaseUS Todo Backup.

2. If you want a fresh start, and do not need your previous data:
clean install Windows on your SSD.

Migrate Windows OS to SSD

Clone an entire system drive to an SSD


  • A SATA Cable
  • An SSD
    • Total capacity exceeds the used space on the system and boot drives.
    • Displays as unallocated in Disk Management (If not, delete all partitions).
    • Is the same partition style as the source disk (by initializing or converting).
  • A screwdriver
  • EaseUS System Clone Software - EaseUS Todo Backup

    Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

  • Step 1: Connect the SSD to Your Computer

    Open your computer case with a screwdriver, connect your SSD to the computer with a SATA cable, attach the power line to your hard drive, then reboot your computer.
  • Step 2: Initialize the SSD/Delete all Partitions on the SSD

    Go to Disk Management: If it is a new SSD, initialize the disk to the same partition style as the source disk; if it is a used one, delete all partitions on it and convert it to the proper partition style.
  • Step 3: Launch the Program

    Open EaseUS Todo Backup, use the navigation bar on the left to select "System Clone".
  • Step 4: Customize the Clone

    The source will automatically be selected to be your system drive, so you just need to select the target drive, which is the new drive. Before you proceed, go to "Advanced options", tick "Optimize for SSD", then click "OK".
  • Step 5: Start the Cloning Process

    Then hit "Proceed" to initiate the clone of your system drive. The speed of the cloning process varies based on your hardware and operating system. (You can select the option at the bottom to automatically shut down your computer when the clone has completed.)
  • Step 6: Boot from the SSD

    The final step is to change the boot order in BIOS so that your computer boots from the new SSD. If the cloned SSD won't boot, refer to this page.
    • Restart your computer
    • Press F2/F12/DEL to enter BIOS
    • Set to boot from the SSD

Fresh Install Windows OS on SSD

Install Windows 10/8/8.1/7 operating system from scratch


  • An empty SSD
  • Windows product key (activate after the installation)


  • Step 1: Create Windows Installation Media

    1. Download Media Creation Tool on another PC (connected to the internet).
    2. Create Windows Installation Media on empty USB (min 8GB).
  • Step 2: Prepare New SSD

    1. Remove the old disk and connect the new SSD (only the SSD should be attached to PC).
    2. Boot PC from Installation Media.
    Insert the bootable USB, change BIOS boot order, reboot PC from the Installation Media.
  • Step 3: Setup Before the Installation

    1. Set language, and other preferences.
    2. Boot PC from Installation Media.
  • Step 4: Install Windows System on SSD

    1. Skip entering a product key and select "Install Windows only".
    2. Select to install Windows OS to the new SSD, wait for the process to complete.
  • Step 5: Set up PC After Installing Windows

    1. After the installation, restart your PC.
    2. Change the BIOS order and set it to boot the system from the new SSD.
  • Step 6: Reinsert the HDD

    1. Shut down the PC, leave the installation USB plugged in.
    2. Reinsert the old disk (HDD), then restart PC.
  • Step 7: Download Needed Drivers

    1. Download and install all required drivers on the new Windows OS.
    2. Delete the system partition on the old disk and use it as a data disk.
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