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How to Install an SSD without Reinstalling Windows

Updated on Apr 03, 2019 by Brithny to Backup Utility

How to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows? This page created a step-by-step guide to teach you how to do make it by cloning HDD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7.

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!