How to Install an SSD without Reinstalling Windows

Brithny updated on Apr 03, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

How can you install SSD without reinstalling Windows 10

"Recently, my sister gave me her computer. It takes too long to boot up because the internal hard drive is too old. Then I want to replace it with a new SSD to speed up the system and get better performance. I'm wondering how can I install an SSD without having to reinstall Windows 10. Please help!"

Now, for better performance and reliability, more and more users are abandoning the traditional HDD and moving to SSD. To complete the job in Windows 10/8/7, users will definitely encounter system and data migration task. Otherwise, they have to reinstall OS and manually copy or move the personal data after migrating HDD to SSD

Steps to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows 

Then how to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows becomes a hot topic. Here, two steps you can take to get the job done:

  • First, you can transfer system from HDD to SSD along with the installed applications and data by disk cloning. 
  • And then uninstall the HDD and install the cloned SSD to the PC. 

After the two steps, you can boot your computer from SSD and make it work properly without doing any other extra jobs, for example reinstalling Windows. This is the whole process of installing an SSD without reinstalling Windows.

The best tool helps to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows

As you can see, now, the problem becomes how to find a reliable tool to clone HDD to SSD. Here, our advice is to try EaseUS Windows backup software. With an intuitive wizard, this tool can help you clone system to SSD without requiring any technical skills. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Clone".​

choose clone to clone hdd to ssd

Step 2. Choose the source disk you're going to clone. Here, choose the HDD. Click "Next".​

choose the hdd as the source disk

Step 3. Choose the destination disk. Here, choose the SSD. To largely improve the SSD performance after cloning, please do one more selection.

In "Advanced options", tick the option for "Optimize for SSD". Click "OK". Then click "Next".

choose ssd as destination disk

Step 4. Preview a disk layout and click "Proceed". It usually takes a while for the software to clone an HDD to an SSD depending on the size of the source disk. 

preview disk layout and click proceed
Now, you have learned how to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows, and if you encountered any boot issue, please refer to cloned SSD won't boot, how to make SSD bootable for help!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.