How to Transfer Windows 10 to New Hard Drive (HDD/SSD) | Full Guide

Jean updated on Aug 11, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Migrating OS is not an easy job if you intend to do it by yourself since any mistake occurs on your system disk may result in a Windows 10 boot failure. However, transferring Windows 10 to a new hard drive, whether it's an HDD or SSD, can be easy and fast if you do it with the help of professional Windows 10 migration software. Therefore, here comes the need for an OS, file, and program transfer assistant for Windows 10. And EaseUS partition software, which is applied to move OS and manage disks/partitions, is what we recommend. EaseUS Partition Master has an advanced feature - Migrate OS to SSD/HDD, with which you are allowed to transfer Windows 10 to another hard drive, and then use the OS wherever you like.

How to Transfer Windows 10 to a New Hard Drive

For a better understanding of how to transfer Windows 10 to another hard drive, we not only provide the video showing you how to do it but also present the details of the whole process, from the preparations you need to make to the steps to should take, in the paragraphs below. 

Video Tutorial to Transfer Windows 10 to a New Hard Drive with EaseUS Partition Master


The tools you will need to migrate your OS include:

  • A new HDD/SSD
  • A SATA cable
  • EaseUS Partition Master
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 Windows 10 is supported


  • Make sure both old and new hard drives are the same style - both MBR disk or GPT disk
  • Make sure the unallocated space on the new hard drive is larger than the used space on the source disk.
  • You can perform a disk cleanup before the transfer to make the process as fast as possible
  • You need to make sure that there is no partitions or data on your target disk, which means there must be unallocated space on it. Since you are using a new hard drive, you don't need to worry about this. (If the destination disk has partitions and data on it, you should back up your disk/partition first then continue.)

Steps to Migrate Windows 10 to a New Hard Drive (HDD/SSD)

Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove all existing partitions and data on your target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, select "Migrate OS" from the top menu.

select migrate os

Step 2: Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click "Next".

Warning: 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.

Then click "Migrate" and "OK" to continue.

select the destination disk

Step 3: 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 "OK" to continue.

preview the lay out

Step 4: A pending operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will be added. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.

apply the process

With the new hard drive that has an operating system in it, you can use Windows on any other computers. If you intend to replace the old system disk with the new one, you won't need to do it. The computer will detect the OS and boot from it automatically.

While if you insert the new disk into a computer that has a system disk and want to boot from the new hard drive, you need to restart the computer and then set the boot priority from BIOS by following the steps below:

1. Restart PC.
2. Press F2/F12/Del to enter BIOS.
3. Set PC to boot from the new hard drive.
4. Save changes, exit BIOS, restart PC.

If you have any confusion after viewing this part, you can go back to view the video tutorial on how to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive. (The best way to learn how to get things done is to go through both the text guide and the video tutorial.) 

This way of Windows 10 transfer can not only benefit the operating system but also the files and programs created or installed on the hard drive from your Windows 10 computer. Because with EaseUS partition manager, you can either migrate a whole hard drive or just a partition of which to another new hard drive. Give it a try now!

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If you prefer a guide to fresh install Windows OS on SSD, you can refer to this page: Transfer/Install Windows OS to SSD. It has all the detailed steps that you need.


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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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