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Easy and Step-by-Step Guide to Use SSD for OS Only

Can you use SSD only for OS? How to set up SSD for OS only? This post shows you why use SSD for OS only and how to set up SSD for OS only with step-by-step guides.

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The growth of SSD or Solid State Drives has become a prime option for practically all your needs in a faster and quicker functionality. Installing your operating system on SSD can indeed bring you access to really faster performance. Let us find how you can opt for SSD for OS Only scenario and what benefits does that offers you.

Why Use SSD for OS Only

The reason should be quite obvious. The SSDs perform several times faster than HDDs. If you have an older PC, you may end up getting the HDD to deteriorate over time. The best option in such a scenario would be adding an SSD to your system and installing the OS onto the SSD.

A device that runs its OS from the SSD offers you faster boot times and faster performance. You can use the hard drive for the data and content that would include files and folders. Of course, the SSDs are quite expensive, and opting for a device that has a high-capacity SSD may not be the right way to go with it. However, you can invest in a 64 GB SSD to install OS only on the SSD drive.

How to Use SSD for OS Only

The option to use SSD for OS only will involve installing the new SSD onto your computer. There are several ways that the SSD can be connected to your computer.

  • You can install the SSD on your system just beside the existing hard drive. 
  • Connect the SSD via the SATA-to-USB cable.
  • You can even use an external hard drive enclosure for connectivity.

The exact means of how to connect SSD to your computer would be dependent on your computer configuration.

Once that done, the next step would be to migrate the OS from HDD to SSD. It can be a little cumbersome if you do not have a capable Partition manager software. EaseUS Partition Master should double up as one of the excellent choices for the purpose.

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The EaseUS Partition Master provides you with a host of features and functions, making it a one-stop solution for practically every need you may have in managing your disks, drives, partitions, and everything else in between.

The support for practically all the file systems right from NTFS to FAT32 should ideally make it one of the most reliable partition management software ever. The support for split partitions would further make it all the more reliable software ever.

The salient features that should make EaseUS Partition Master a great choice would include:

  • It can be used for HDD, SSD, USB, memory card, SD card.
  • EaseUS Partition Master also lets you merge different partitions more effectively.
  • Support for a hard disk capacity of up to 8 TB should be yet another plus point that you would find quite impressive.

You can either opt for the free version of the EaseUS Partition Master or go with the Pro version based on your individual preferences. Check out the following steps to migrate OS to SSD. 

Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.

Step 1. Select "Clone" from the left menu. Select the "Migrate OS" and click "Next" to continue..

select migrate os

Step 2.  Select the target disk you want to clone. Click "Next".

Step 3. Click "Yes" after checking the warning message. The data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.

select the destination disk

Step 4. Preview the layout of your target disk. You can also click the disk layout options to customize the layout of your target disk as you want. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk

preview the lay out

Step 5. When you see a confirming message, asking "If you want to start up computer from the clone target disk", tick "Adjust the order to boot from the clone target disk" and click the respective button through your demands. 

  • Reboot Now: it means to reboot the PC and boot OS from the new disk immediately.
  • Done: it means to make the changes later. 
 Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

How to Boot from SSD

The fact that you have migrated the OS to SSD will not let you launch your operating system right away. You will need to instruct your computer to boot from the SSD every time it restarts. This process will ensure that your device will easily boot into your OS whenever it is powered on.

Once the operating system has been migrated to the SSD, you can set the SSD as the primary boot drive. It can be done in a couple of ways.

Remove Old Hdd and Let the SSD Work as the Boot Drive

This can perhaps be the easier option. Once the operating system has been migrated, remove the old HDD and leave the SSD as the only boot drive. This method can work if your SSD has a larger size and thus can handle both the operating system and other data.

remove old hard drive

Configure SSD as Boot Drive

The next best option is to use SSD as the boot drive. This can be done by going into the BIOS settings of your computer. To do this, follow the steps here below: 

Step 1. Go into the BIOS settings for your computer.

Step 2. Go to the BOOT section.

Step 3. Assign the new SSD as the boot drive.

Step 4. Save the changes and restart your PC.

set ssd as the boot drive

The Closing Thoughts 

Well, an SSD is bound to improve your experience to a considerable extent. Booting into your OS from an SSD can prove to be a great feature, and that is exactly why we recommend opting for SSD if your device does not have one.

The steps explained in the above discussion should ideally help you make a learned decision on how to migrate OS from HDD to SSD with EaseUS Partition Master and how to use SSD for OS only rather efficiently. 

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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