How to Replace HDD with SSD on Desktop (Without Reinstalling OS)🔥

Are you wondering how to replace HDD with SSD on desktop but have no ideas? This article will tell you how to replace a desktop hard drive with an SSD with the help of cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy.

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Updated on May 21, 2024

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Your desktop computer's HDD will become slower and slower after a long time of use. At this time, changing your desktop HDD to SSD is the best way out, but can I replace HDD with SSD in desktop? Definitely yes. This post from EaseUS will explain how to replace HDD with SSD on desktop without reinstalling Windows and applications. Let's get started!

What to Prepare to Replace HDD with SSD in Desktop

If you already have an idea of changing your desktop hard drive to SSD, you can check out this part to prepare some items to replace HDD with SSD on desktop Windows 10.

  • Back up your data. Before changing the hard drive, you must back up the existing data. There could be a risk of data loss while replacing the hard drive. To this end, free backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup, comes in handy.
  • Select an SSD. You need to buy a new SSD with enough capacity. Typically, an SSD with a storage capacity of 250GB is enough for the OS and apps. If you are a content creator, game player, or designer, 500GB~1TB is highly recommended.
  • Select a disk cloning tool. Most of the time, you have to install Windows after replacing a hard drive. However, this is time-consuming because you have to reinstall Windows and applications. Fortunately, this is no longer the case with the help of cloning. To this end, you must use third-party disk cloning software like EaseUS Disk Copy.

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How to Replace Hard Drive With SSD on Desktop PC

After making these preparations, you can install your SSD on your desktop and start migrating data from your desktop HDD to the new SSD with the help of EaseUS Disk Copy, a renowned name in the disk cloning field.

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EaseUS Disk Copy is a simple yet practical cloning utility designed for Windows 11/10/8/7. It can help you copy data from one hard drive to another easily and quickly. You can also use it to create a local backup of your hard drives. In addition, EaseUS disk clone software allows you to upgrade to a larger disk and migrate data from one PC to another. The following are other features of this cloning tool:

EaseUS Disk Copy can suit your every need, whether you want to clone/replace/upgrade your hard drive or migrate Windows and data from one hard drive to another. Do you want to safeguard your computer's hard drive with EaseUS Disk Copy? Ensure you download and install the disk cloner to help you replace hard drive in PC.

Step 1: In "Disk Mode", select the HDD that you want to clone.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 2: Select the SSD as your destination.

select the SSD

Step 3: Edit the disk layout and then click "Proceed" to continue.

As the destination is an SSD, you are suggested to tick "Check the option if the target is SSD".

confirm the message

A warning message tells you that the data on the SSD will be erased. Click "OK" to continue if you do not have important data on the destination disk.

check the diak layout

Step 4: Wait for the process to complete.

click proceed to start the cloning process

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How to Remove HDD and Install SSD on Computer

When the cloning process is finished, there is only one thing left: to remove the hard drive from your desktop computer and install the cloned SSD on it. Here is how:

Part 1. Remove hard drive from your desktop PC

If you want to know how to remove a hard drive from your desktop computer, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Backup data. If you have already backed up your data with EaseUS Todo Backup, you can skip this step.

Step 2. Turn off your PC and pull out all cables.

pull out all cables

Step 3. Open the desktop PC's case.

open pc case

Step 4. Find the hard drive.

locate the hard drive

Step 5. Pull out the hard drive.

pull the hard drive

Part 2. Install the SSD on your desktop PC

After removing the old hard drive, you can install the new SSD. Follow the below steps to learn how to install an SSD on a computer. In short, reverse the hard drive removal process.

Step 1. Take the SSD and plug in the cables or connectors.

connect all cables before plugging hard drive in

Step 2. Ensure that you have plugged all the cables correctly and mount and screw the new drive in carefully.

plug in all cables

Step 3. After successfully installing the new SSD, you need to boot the computer.

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Here is also a video on how to install an SSD on a desktop PC.

Why Need to Replace Desktop Hard Drive with SSD

Compared to HDDs, SSDs have many more advanced characteristics. In addition to desktop users, many laptop owners replace laptop hard drives with SSDs. What can you particularly benefit from an SSD?

  • Better user experience.SSDs feature faster reading and write speeds, are more portable, and use less power. As a result, apps, games, and operating systems can load faster.
  • Higher data security. SSDs operate with very little heat or vibration. It can lessen the chance of data loss caused by hits and vibrations.
  • Greater compatibility.SSD may be employed as a RAID array with ease for advanced requirements, whereas HDD cannot.

SSDs have many advantages over HDDs. Therefore, it is highly recommended to replace the HDD with an SSD on your desktop or laptop.

To Wrap Things Up

That is all about how to replace HDD with SSD on desktop. If you wonder how to replace hard drive with SSD on desktop, you can learn how to replace a hard drive with SSD in desktop PCs in this article. Although you can clean install Windows on an SSD, this is not the best way out, except for cloning.

It is rather easy to change desktop HDD to SSD, as long as you pick the right HDD to SSD cloning software, such as EaseUS Disk Copy. It can help you easily replace the desktop hard drive with an SSD without losing data and reinstalling Windows. Just download and use it. You will not regret it! 

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FAQs on How to Replace HDD with SSD on Desktop

1. Can you replace a HDD with SSD in a desktop computer?

Yes, you can replace an HDD on a desktop with an SDD, and if you do not want to install Windows from scratch, you can try to clone your HDD to SSD with the help of third-party cloning software like EaseUS Disk Copy. It can help you transfer data from one drive to another without trouble.

2. Does changing HDD to SSD delete everything?

You can keep everything, including the installed OS, applications, and saved data, when changing HDD to SSD, with the help of cloning software like EaseUS Disk Copy.

3. Will I lose my Windows 10 license if I change my SSD?

No, your Windows 10 license will not be lost if you change your hard drive to SSD. Your Windows license and product key will reactivate only if the Windows edition remains the same.

EaseUS Disk Copy

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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