How to Transfer Operating System from One SSD to Another (100% Workable!)

This is a full guide on how to transfer operating system from one SSD to another. In this article, you will learn how to transfer Windows from one SSS to another with the help of powerful cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy.

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Updated by Jerry on Sep 27, 2023
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Many computer users want to change their hard drives with an SSD or replace the SSD with a larger SSD because replacing a hard drive is commonplace nowadays. But if you replace the drive on your laptop, you will lose the operating system.

Don't panic. This article from EaseUS will describe how to transfer operating system from one SSD to another and how to replace a hard drive without reinstalling Windows.

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
Way 1. Use Professional Cloning Software

👍Easy - Help migrate Windows from SSD to another without boot issues or reinstalling Windows. Suitable for professionals or newbies.

Way 2. Use Windows Built-in Utility Medium - Too many procedures. No need to download third-party software, but the method is sometimes not working. ⭐⭐⭐

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Can You Transfer OS from One SSD to Another

When you use an SSD with a small capacity, such as 128G, on your computer, it may become full very fast because you will have many data to store on your computer. If you do not want to delete these data and affect your computer's performance, replacing it with a larger SSD is the best way.

But if you replace/upgrade your SSD with a larger one, you will lose your Windows on the old drive. At this time, do you wonder, "Can I transfer Windows from one SSD to another without reinstalling Windows and all programs?"

The answer is in the affirmative. You can move your Windows from one SSD to another without Windows reinstallation and data loss. You can use third-party cloning software to migrate your OS from one SSD to another or create a system image of your computer. Let's learn how to do this in the following part.

How to Transfer Windows from One SSD to Another

Replacing a hard drive is challenging for most users since it entails several complicated procedures, including reinstalling the operating system and specific other essential software. Another possibility is that the computer won't successfully boot from the new SSD.

Fortunately, you can move the operating system to a different SSD without reinstalling Windows, which significantly simplifies the procedure. 2 commonly used ways will be introduced to help you move Windows from one SSD to another without hassle. Let's come to the details.

Way 1. Use Professional Cloning Software

To migrate your Windows from one SSD to another, the easiest and most effective way is to use third-party disk cloning software to help you. This is because such a tool can help you move Windows from one drive to another without reinstalling Windows or losing data. In that case, EaseUS Disk Copy is the right one that can help you migrate OS to SSD or from SSD to another.

EaseUS Disk Copy is an easy-to-use and versatile disk cloning utility compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7. It can help you clone your systems, disks, and partitions easily and quickly. For example, it can let you transfer Windows from an HDD to an SSD without losing data and Windows reinstallation.

The following is what makes this cloning utility so popular and recommendable.

EaseUS Disk Copy

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EaseUS Disk Copy can satisfy your every cloning need. You can feel free and safe to download it on your computer to help you transfer an operating system from one SSD to a new SSD or another SSD.

Here is how to use EaseUS Disk Copy to move your Windows from one SSD to another.

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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Way 2. Use Windows Built-in Utility

Another way to help you migrate your Windows from one SSD to another is using Windows Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Normally, you can create a Windows system image and then restore it to your new SSD for transferring Windows.

But it is important to note that this method is not straightforward or stable because sometimes, you may encounter the system restore not working error when restoring the system image. Therefore, if you want a more efficient and direct way to perform Windows migration, Way 1 may suit you better. Here is how to go for it.


  • The new SSD and a screwdriver.
  • An external device that is large enough to store the system image.
  • A system repair disc. If you don't have one, create a repair disc by yourself.

Step 1. Visit Control Panel > Backup & Restore (Windows 7) and select Create a System Image.

select Create a System Image

Step 2. This will launch a wizard that you can follow to create a system image of your Windows on an external drive or USB drive. You must first select your hard drive where the system image will be saved.

where to save the backup image

Step 3. Choose the drive and partitions you want to include in the image. Here, you must ensure that the Windows Drive, typically drive C, has been included in the image.

choose the drive and partitions

Step 4. Tap Start backup to launch the backup process.

press startup backup

Step 5. Shut down the computer to replace the old drive with the new one.

Step 6. Connect the external drive containing the system image and connect that system repair disc to your computer.

Step 7. Boot your PC from the system repair disc. Change the BIOS settings to ensure it can boot from the installation media by pressing one specified key on the first screen, such as ESC, F2, etc.

Step 8. Click Next when the Windows Setup interface is shown, then select Repair your computer > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Image Recovery > Windows 10.

follow the wizard

Step 9. Select Use the latest available system image (recommended), choose the restore destination drive, then click Next.

select Use the latest available system image

Step 10. Select Format and repartition disks, then click Next > Finish > Yes to begin the restoration.

begin the restoration

It is advised not to stop the restoration procedure in the middle because it could take some time. You will be prompted to restart your system to start it in standard mode after the operation is finished.

To Wrap Things Up

That is all about how to transfer operating system from one SSD to another. In short, you can use cloning or Windows built-in tool to help you. But using the built-in utility requires more complicated operations and procedures, and once one step is wrong, the result may be irreversible.

Therefore, it would be better to use cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy to help you migrate Windows from one SSD to another. It can help you transfer Windows from one drive to another without reinstalling Windows.

In addition, it can also help you fix the cloned hard disk showing the wrong size error. More valuable functions are here for you to explore. just download and try it.

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FAQs on How to Transfer Operating System from One SSD to Another

1. How do I move my OS to SSD without cloning?

To move Windows to an SSD without cloning, you need to do a clean installation of Windows. Before installing a brand-new copy of Windows, a clean installation removes everything from the hard drive. Along with assisting you with upgrade troubles, it will let you start over with a fresh installation, speeding up your system and addressing faults.

2. How do I clone my hard drive to SSD without losing data?

If you want to clone your old hard drive to a new SSD without losing data, you need to use professional cloning software like EaseUS Disk Copy. It is a disk cloning tool that can help you transfer the C drive to a new SSD and clone your old drive to a new SSD without any data loss.

3. Do I need to format an old SSD before cloning?

If you use an old hard drive, you do not have to format the drive. But if you use a new SSD for cloning, you need to format the new SSD before the cloning.

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