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How to Move OS to SSD Without Cloning. Make It with Our Guide

Updated by Jean on Jun 13, 2022

"Is there any way to move Windows OS to SSD without cloning? It seems that the system cloning solution is frequently recommended for hard drive replacement. I still want to know if there is a piece of Microsft Software that can migrate OS without clone?"

Disk cloning appears to be a complex task, and you may have assumed that only professionals could handle it. When we want to relocate an operating system to an SSD, we usually need to clone it. Users may, however, desire to relocate their operating system without cloning it. This article will describe a method for moving data. We will recommend a tool that can complete that operation quickly. The software features an easy-to-use interface, so even if it is your first time using it, you will be able to figure it out quickly. Let's have a look at the solution. 

Is There Any Way to Move OS to SSD WIthout Cloning? 

You want to move your operating system to an SSD without cloning it. Unfortunately, Microsoft's traditional tools do not offer a method for making an identical copy of data to a new drive.

A system clone is the best option. It is the simplest, quickest, and most convenient way to migrate your operating system to a new SSD. It makes reinstalling data at a new location easier.

You can use clean installation instead of cloning if you do not want to clone. A clean installation erases everything on the hard drive before installing a fresh copy of Windows. It will not only help you with upgrade issues, but it will also allow you to start over with a new installation, which will improve system speed and solve problems.

Without Cloning: How to Clean Install Windows 11/10/8/7 on SSD

This instruction is for you if you truly do not want to install Windows OS on SSD yourself, even though it is a long and tedious process that requires high-tech abilities.

Below is a step-by-step guide to clean install Windows 11 on SSD.


Go to Microsoft official website and select "Create Windows 11 installation Media" and download it.

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Check the USB flash drive because we are creating bootable media.

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Click on the USB from the list. Make sure to select the right USB because it will erase all the data. 

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Now Windows installation files will start downloading.

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When the USB is ready then click on the finish button. Now restart your system from the Windows setup. Click on the 'Install Now' button.

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It will ask for a product key.

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If it is a new installation you need to provide a product key. If you have properly activated Windows then you can select "I don't have a product key".


Select where you want to install the operating system.

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Click on the custom option to perform a clean installation of Windows 11.

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Select the partition where you want to download Windows OS.

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Click on the unallocated space to begin the clean installation of Windows 11 

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To complete the installing process and select the set up new device. 

If you want to restore some data from the previous backup here you can select that too. The Windows installation is complete. 

Compare Clone and Clean Install 

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We recommend using disk cloning software like EaseUS Todo Backup to make the process simple and speedy. It comes with both system clone and disk clone features. The system clone option makes it a one-stop solution to migrate everything in the Windows installation files and folders, boot files and configurations from your computer to a new drive, without necessarily installing Windows operating system like the time-consuming clean install process!

EaseUS Todo Backup is a useful software for cloning the system, drive and data. It has simplified the cloning procedure and ensured that no data is lost. The following are some of its most prominent features.

  • Support Windows 11/8/10/7 
  • Make a full copy of har drive or data you want 
  • Easy process without reinstalling windows 
  • Provide data security 
  • Prevent data loss 
  • Create a backup 

EaseUS disk cloning software is capable of cloning many brands of HDDs or SSDs. It's compatible with Windows systems and explores all of your hardware's characteristics to achieve a 100 percent identical clone. Let's follow the simple guide now to clone, move and migrate OS to SSD with ease.

Step 1. On the main page, find and click "Tools", system clone and other utilities are here.

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Step 2. EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically select the boot and system partition, choose the target disk and click "Next."

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*System clone will wipe out all data and does not support cloning MBR disk to GPT or vice versa. Make sure that the partition style of the source disk and the target disk are the same.

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Step 3. If the target disk is a SSD, choose optimize for SSD in the advanced options.

Optimize for SSD

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start cloning.

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To summarise what has been stated so far, it is possible to move the operating system to a solid-state disc without cloning. In contrast, EaseUS Todo Backup is a good choice. It will eliminate the need for long wait times and the risk of data loss. You can use this utility to build a comprehensive copy of everything so that you do not have to reinstall anything from scratch.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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