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Migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without Reinstalling - 2 Ways

Do you want to increase the boot speed of your system? You need to follow these stepwise methods to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2024

This article from EaseUS will introduce you to the 2 best methods for carrying out this migration process. Read on to learn how to migrate your Windows without losing current files.

How Can You Migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without Reinstalling?

As mentioned, there are two optimal ways to migrate your Windows to an advanced SSD without data loss. Here, we will discuss both methods in detail and help users understand them.

Let's first compare these methods to see which one is the most appropriate one. So, analyze this comparison table to select the best method to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling.

Factors EaseUS Partition Master Windows Built-in Tool 
Target Users 
  • Beginners 
  • Professionals and Skilled Technicians
  • Very Easy
  • Hard
  • Windows migration without data loss
  • Requires no technical knowledge
  • Fast processing speed to save time
  • Professionally backup and restore Windows to SSD
  • Users need to download third-party software
  • Requires learning curve
  • Time-taking process
  • Prone to human errors

Upon going through this table, we can confidently say that EaseUS Partition Master provides the best solution to the Windows migration issue. With its safe and fast transfer process, users can migrate their system to M.2 SSD without any worry. Moreover, beginners can also carry out this process, as you do not require any technical knowledge to do so.

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Guide 1. Use EaseUS Partition Master

After recognizing EaseUS Partition Master as the best Windows migrator, let's get into the details of this method. Using this migration tool, you can migrate the Windows to your new M.2 chip with its Migrate OS feature. Doing so will allow you to get better working boot speed and enhanced multitasking experience without the loss of any data.

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Clone section, click "Migrate OS" and click "Next" to continue.

select migrate os

2. Select the target SSD you want to migrate Windows OS to, and click "Next".

select a location and click scan

3. Click "Yes" to confirm the you want to exceute the operation. 

4. Click "Start" to start migrating your OS to the new SSD.

preview the lay out

5. When the process completes, you'll 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 means to reboot your PC and configure the computer to boot OS from the new disk immediately.
  • Done means you want to make the changes later. 
 Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

After you have migrated Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling, this tool even allows you to wipe data from older partitions for safer transfer.

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Additionally, you can transfer or back up a specific Windows partition to your advanced SSD chip with the help of this partition manager. We highly recommend users download this beginner-friendly tool to ease out the Windows migration process.

Other Key Features of EaseUS Partition Master

  • You can utilize EaseUS Partition Master to extend the C drive without reinstalling the Window.
  •  With its partition recall protection, this tool will restore the previous partition state if something goes wrong during the process.
  • This partition manager can also help you reset the Windows local and domain password or recover important data.

This OS migrator doesn't require any technical instructions to operate, but you can still go through these step-by-step instructions to make the process easier for yourself.

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Guide 2. Use Windows Built-in Tool

Professionals with thorough computer knowledge can also utilize Windows's built-in tools to migrate the OS to an SSD chip. However, EaseUS Partition Master will be preferable for beginners without any technical knowledge. So, users wanting to try out this method to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling can go through these detailed steps.

Step 1. Upon connecting your M.2 SSD with the system, access the "Backup" settings through the search bar. Now, choose the "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" option on the "File Backup" settings page to proceed.

Step 2. After reaching a new window, press the "Create a System Image" option and select the connected M.2 SSD drive as the backup location. Afterward, pick the drives you want to back up and follow the on-screen instructions before finally clicking the "Start Backup" button.

create a system image

Step 3. Once you have successfully created a backup, create a bootable USB drive with Windows Media Creation. After launching this tool, select the "Create Installation Media for Another PC" option before hitting the "Next" button.

Step 4. Moving forward, configure the installation settings and choose your connected USB drive so the tool starts to download and generate Windows media. Once the process is completed, hit the "Finish" button to move to the next phase.

Step 5. Finally, shut down your Windows device and connect both M.2 SSD and bootable USB to your computer. Upon restarting the device, enter the BIOS settings and choose the USB drive as the priority to boot the system. Now, access the "Repair Your Computer" option from the Windows installation menu.

Step 6. Next, you will reach the "Advanced Options" window through "Troubleshoot." From the Troubleshoot options, click on "System Image Recovery" to access a new screen.

click repair your computer

Step 7. At the end, you will reach the "Re-image Your Computer" screen from where you need to check "Use the latest available system image." Then, hit "Next" and follow the instructions to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling. 

As you can see, this built-in migration process is a bit complex for people without technical knowledge. Therefore, we recommend such people download EaseUS Partition Master to ease out this specific process and migrate OS from HDD to SSD. And kindly share this article with other users who want to migrate OS.


Why Migrate OS to M.2 SSD?

After learning the steps to carry out this migration, you may be wondering why you should do so. 

Users who prioritize speed and a clean system should choose the M.2 SSD for their computers. This advanced chip offers significantly faster speeds compared to traditional 2.5-inch SATA SSDs. After installing this chip in their systems, users can enjoy quicker boot times and application launches. In addition, M.2 SSDs can be mounted directly into the motherboard without any cable, giving your system a cleaner look.

Upon deciding to upgrade, you can transfer os to the new SSD to avoid losing the previous data.

Let's get into the details of further benefits to give you a clearer idea.

  • Users can enjoy much faster processing speeds with M.2 chips compared to traditional SATA SSDs. By doing so, you will get faster data transfer speeds and quicker boot times. In addition, this advanced SSD will improve the speed of application launches and overall system responsiveness.
  • The M.2 chip consumes way less power than typical HDDs for longer battery life. Moreover, you can enjoy improved multitasking speed without lag if you migrate OS to M.2 SSD.
  • With the increasing adoption of M.2 SSDs technology, this OS transfer will ensure your system remains compatible with the latest storage standards. Moreover, this M.2 chip migration will make your system better equipped to handle future software advancements.


Upon reading the whole article, you are now aware of the best two methods to migrate Windows to the SSD chip. Professionals can adopt these methods to carry out the migration process efficiently. However, beginners will find it challenging to transfer OS due to the associated complexities.

For such users, we recommend using EaseUS partition Master to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling. With its Migrate OS feature, you will be able to complete the process in just a few clicks.

Migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without Reinstalling FAQs

Users still having any questions can take guidance from the following answers to ease out the process of Windows migration:

1. Does Windows 10 have a cloning tool?

No, you will not find any built-in cloning tool in Windows 10 for one-click data backup. However, it does have a free System Image feature that lets you clone your operating system to an external media drive, such as a USB flash drive. Nevertheless, this OS migration process is prone to human errors and requires technical knowledge. 

2. How do I transfer my OS to a new M.2 SSD?

Users who want to transfer their OS to M.2 SSD can utilize third-party cloning tools. EaseUS Partition Master stands out as the best tool for migrating Windows 10 to M.2 SSD without reinstalling. However, follow these simple steps to utilize the System Image feature in Windows.

1. Start the process by creating a Windows system image after accessing the "Backup" settings window. You need to choose the connected M.2 SSD as a backup location to create a system image.

2. Upon creating this system image, users can utilize the Windows Media Creation tool to create a bootable USB for the process.

3. Finally, restore the system image to the M.2 chip by entering the "System Image Recovery" feature after restarting the device. You have to keep the SSD and bootable USB attached to the system throughout this step. 

3. Can I replace my SSD without reinstalling Windows?

Yes, you can replace your SSD by cloning your current drive to the new SSD. You will require specialized disk cloning software such as EaseUS Partition Master to carry out this process. Once the process is complete, turn off your computer and replace the old SSD with the new one.

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Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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