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

Updated on Dec 24, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

With the help of the 100% secure OS transfer tool, you can safely move your Windows 10 to a new hard drive without any loss of data. Whether you want to migrate your Windows 10 to a new HDD or SSD, you can apply the program to get things done.

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)


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. Then, a warning message tells that the data on the target disk will be erased. Click "OK" to continue.

select the destination disk

Step 3: Preview the layout. If the target disk is an SSD, tick the "Check the option if this is an SSD" option. Then Click "OK".

preview the lay out

Step 4: A pending operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will be added. Execute the operation and click "Apply".

apply the process

To boot from the SSD/HDD:

  • Restart PC and press F2 or F8 to enter BIOS settings.
  • In the Boot option, select new HDD/SSD as the new boot drive and save all the changes.
  • Exit BIOS and restart the computer, you should be able to see Windows 10 running on your new disk without any problems.

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 above.

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.