How to Make New SSD C Drive on Windows Laptop/PC🔥

What to do when your old SSD C drive runs out of space. This article will tell how to make new SSD C drive via a disk cloning tool - EaseUS Disk Copy.

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Updated on Mar 07, 2024

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When your C drive is full, your computer will run slower, thus significantly reducing your working efficiency. Under such circumstances, replacing your C drive with a larger HDD/SSD is a good idea, but you will lose your Windows if you take some wrong actions. Do not worry. This article delivered by EaseUS will describe how to make new SSD C drive without reinstalling Windows. Hurry up and learn!

Why Do You Choose SSD as Your C Drive

This is a hot topic from Reddit, and the answer to this question is quite simple: cloning is the best and easiest way to change a new SSD into a C drive.

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The C drive usually refers to the boot or system drive containing the operating system or system-related files. Most users will find the C drive is easily getting out of space because the Windows updates or installation caches, temporary files, and some apps will, by default, be kept on this system partition. As a result, your Windows will run slower and slower or reboot unexpectedly. Thus, you may need to make a bigger new C drive on an HDD or SSD drive.

It is worth noting that SSD (Solid-state Drive) performs better than HDD in terms of read and write speeds, durability, power consumption, etc. Therefore, most computer users prefer SSDs over HDDs, and replacing your C drive with an SSD has become a trend in the computing field. In the following part, you will learn step-by-step instructions on how to create a new SSD C drive on your computer.

How to Make a New C Drive on SSD via Cloning

To set up a new Windows C drive, you can fresh install Windows on the new SSD, but this will consume much time and effort because you have to reinstall Windows and programs. Fortunately, you have a better way out. It is called cloning, which can help you transfer data from one hard drive to another without reinstalling the OS or losing data.

To this end, you must find a reliable disk cloning utility since Windows has no preinstalled cloning features. EaseUS Disk Copy, a famous name in the cloning field, can assist you.

It is a dedicated cloning program for Windows users to clone a hard drive from different drive manufacturers. It lets you clone your boot drive to a new SSD and make the SSD hard drive bootable. In addition, it can clone a hard drive with a bad sector due to its sector-by-sector cloning features and migrate Windows from HDD to SSD or SSD to SSD.

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EaseUS SSD cloning software can help migrate the OS to a new SSD and make the destination disk bootable. Whether you want to transfer, clone, back up, migrate, or upgrade a hard drive, EaseUS cloning software can help you. Download it to your computer and follow the stepwise guide below to make a new HDD/SSD C drive.

1️⃣You need to prepare a new SSD with a capacity of 500GB for future OS updates and app installation.
2️⃣ Ensure you have backed up all important data on the source disk with a free backup tool - EaseUS Todo Backup to avoid any data loss risk.
3️⃣ You need to have a USB-to-SATA cable to connect the new SSD to your computer when cloning.
4️⃣ You don't have to initialize the new SSD because EaseUS disk clone software can recognize an uninitialized disk.

Prior Notice:

  • The "Sector by sector copy" asks the size of your destination disk to be at least equal to or larger than that of the source disk. Leave this feature unchecked if you wish to clone a larger hard disk to a smaller hard disk.
  • All data on the destination disk will be completely erased, so take care.

Step 1. To start copying/cloning an entire disk to another, choose this disk as the source disk under "Disk Mode" and click "Next".

select the source disk and click next

Step 2. Choose the other disk as the destination disk.

select the destination disk

Step 3. Check the disk layout of the two disks. You can manage the disk layout of the destination disk by selecting "Autofit the disk", "Copy as the source" or "Edit disk layout". 

click ok when a warning message appears
  • "Autofit the disk" makes some changes by default on the destination disk layout so that it can work at its best status.
  • "Copy as the source"does not change anything on destination disk and the layout is the same as source disk.
  • "Edit disk layout" allows you to manually resize/move partition layout on this destination disk.

Tick the "Check the option if the target is SSD" option to put your SSD in its best performance.

A message now appears, warning you that data will be lost. Please confirm this message by clicking "OK" and then click "Next".

check the diak layout

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to officially execute the task.

click proceed to officially start

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Bonus Tip: How to Boot from New SSD C Drive

After the cloning process is done, your new SSD drive is bootable, and you need to change the boot order in the BIOS settings to set the SSD as the boot drive. If you want to keep the new SSD on your computer, you can remove the old system disk and install the new one. If you're going to keep the original system disk and the new SSD C drive on your computer, you still need to do the following.

The following is how to boot from the new C drive:

Step 1. Restart your computer and press one key to take you to the BIOS setup screen. This BIOS key varies depending on your PC's manufacturer but is usually F2, F12, Delete, or Esc.

Step 2. Navigate to the Boot tab using the arrow key while in the BIOS setup screen.

bios screen

Step 3. Look for the Boot Priority or Boot Order option and select it.

look for Boot Order option

Step 4. Top the SSD on the boot order list using the arrow key and save the changes before exiting the BIOS setup screen.

click Yes to save changes

Step 5. Reboot the PC, and it will boot from the new SSD C drive.

To Wrap Things Up

How to make new SSD C drive? Or How to change C drive to new SSD? Are you clear now? This article offers a full guide on how to make a new C drive on an SSD or HDD. If you follow the steps meticulously, the procedure to make SSD C drive is a breeze via cloning. To make it clear again, cloning is the most effective and easiest way to change an SSD to a C drive and make the SSD bootable in just a few simple clicks.

To achieve that, you will need a disk cloning tool like EaseUS Disk Copy. Such a tool can help you easily migrate your OS to an SSD or replace a C drive with a larger drive without OS reinstallation or data loss. It has many valuable functions waiting for you to fathom. Just download and try it to change C drive to new SSD!

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FAQs on How to Make New SSD C Drive

1. How do I move my C drive to a new SSD?

To copy C drive to a new SSD, cloning can help you well. Professional disk cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy lets you transfer your C drive to a new SSD without losing data or reinstalling Windows effortlessly.

2. How can I change my new SSD into the C drive?

Cloning is the best way to change your SSD into the C drive, which can help you migrate your Windows installation to the new SSD and make the SSD bootable. You need to alter the boot order in the BIOS settings, and then your computer can boot from the cloned SSD drive.

3. Can I change my C drive from my SSD to my HDD?

Yes, you can change your C drive from an SSD to an HDD. To do this, prepare a hard drive cloning tool, such as Macrium Reflect, Clonezilla, or EaseUS Disk Copy, and prepare a new HDD that can hold your OS and data on your old SSD.

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EaseUS Disk Copy is a well designed and very easy-to-use HDD/SSD cloning and migration tool, a tool which should be ideal for anyone wanting to quickly and easily migrate an existing system disk to a new disk (or newly installed SSD drive) with the minimal of configuration required.

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