How to Set SSD as Boot Drive [2020 Updated]

Jean updated on Sep 30, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

On this page, we covered the complete process of how to prepare SSD disk, migrate Windows OS to a new SSD, and make SSD as the boot drive in Windows 10/8/7, etc. Follow to learn how to make Windows bootable on your new SSD without any issues.

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Applies to: All levels of Windows users, designed for beginners.

How to Change Boot Drive to SSD in Windows 10

"I want to install a solid-state drive for my desktop computer, but all my data and Windows 10 is already installed on my 1TB hard drive. Is there any way could help me transfer Windows 10 to the SSD, setting SSD as boot drive, and then use the 1TB hard drive for data storage?

So how do I change boot drive to SSD in Windows 10, making SSD as the boot drive? Help me, please. Thanks in advance."

Nowadays, more and more people choose to upgrade their system hard drive to SSD (short for solid-state drive) due to its faster reading and writing speed and higher stability. However, compared with traditional HDD, SSD usually obtains smaller c. In order to achieve a high-performance in Windows PC, combining faster SSD and larger HDD is an excellent choice.

Usually, people would prefer to use SSD as boot drive while having the HDD with a larger capacity to store personal data, files, and applications. To do that, you need to migrate the Windows system from HDD to SSD and then set SSD as the boot drive.

We will discuss these two questions in details among the following parts:

  1. Part 1. Prepare SSD
  2. Part 2. Migrate Windows OS to SSD
  3. Part 3. Configure and Make SSD as Boot Drive

Read carefully and follow to effectively make your SSD bootable on Windows 10/8/7, etc. without any issue. Even beginners can do it.

Part 1. Prepare SSD

The first thing to get started is to prepare your SSD. Whether it is a new or an old disk, there are some must-do jobs that must be done in advance.

Tools: ①. An SSD disk (with equal capacity to the used space on your system drive); ②. SSD connection cables; ③. A screwdriver; 

Let's start getting your SSD ready:

1. Install SSD to PC

Use the screwdriver to remove computer case > Connect SSD to PC correctly via connection cables. 

Add SSD to PC

2. Enable SSD in BIOS

Restart PC > Press F2/F8/F11/DEL to enter BIOS > Enter Setup > Turn on SSD or enable it > Save the changes and exit.

After this, you can restart PC and you should be able to see the disk in Disk Management. Now, you can continue with the tutorials in Part 2.

Part 2. Migrate Windows 10 OS to SSD

If you need to fresh install Windows, follow this link for a detailed guide: Install Windows 10 on SSD. If you prefer to switch your current Windows OS to SSD, follow the tutorial steps in the following.

Tools: System clone or system migrate software - EaseUS Partition Master

To migrate OS to new SSD, you can do it with manual clone or by using a magic partition manager for help. To move OS to SSD successfully, we highly recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Any levels of users can migrate Windows system and boot partitions to the SSD at once with its highlighted feature called "Migrate OS to SSD/HDD".

Tutorial: Migrate OS from HDD to SSD

Make sure the SSD is empty with no partitions and data on it, or else you need to clear them all. Now follow the next steps and learn how to migrate OS to 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" 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 "Proceed" to start migrating your OS to a new disk

preview the lay out

Note that it's not the end yet. After OS migration, you still have the last move to take. It is to change boot drive in Windows 10 from the old disk to the new SSD. You can learn the detailed steps in the next part.

Part 3. How to Set SSD as Boot Drive in Windows 10 

Whether you've manually installed Windows 10 system to SSD or automatically migrated system to SSD with third-party software, you need to set installed SSD as the boot drive so as to boot up PC from the SSD.

Here are the steps to make SSD as the boot drive on windows 10: 

Step 1. Restart PC and press F2/F12/Del keys to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Go the boot option, change the boot order, setting OS to boot from the new SSD.

Step 3. Save the changes, exit BIOS, and restart PC.

Wait patiently to let the computer boot up. After this, you can successfully use the new SSD as your OS disk. 

Tip
If the source HDD or SSD is MBR with BIOS boot mode but the cloned/migrated SSD is GPT, you need first make SSD as boot drive first in BIOS and then change the boot mode to EFI to ensure proper startup.

Bonus Tips after Setting SSD as Boot Drive

If you are not a computer expert, we highly recommend you use professional system clone or migration software to copy the Windows 10/8/7 to SSD rather than do it manually, which can avoid boot failure due to boot partition loss.

Suppose you have successfully migrated the system to SSD (whether it is our product or not), and correctly set the boot order in BIOS, there are still some issues that you may encounter.

Here we have collected some top concerned issues and you may follow the links to help yourself out:

#1.  Cloned SSD won't boot

#2. How to Make Use of Old OS Disk

After migrating OS to SSD, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to create a bootable disk. Then boot PC from the bootable drive, enter EaseUS Partition Master, and then delete the old system partition on your own. 

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 Windows 10 is supported

#3. How to optimize SSD performance

If you have further questions, you can either use the search feature on our website or contact our technical support team through support@easeus.com to help you resolve problems immediately. 

FAQs

If you have some further questions, check the FAQS and answers here. We may have answers for you.

1. What is an SSD boot drive?

A boot drive contains the Operating System and OS relative files that help to load the system. It also may contain some users data, such as the user profile, installed programs, application files, etc.

Therefore, an SSD boot drive is a disk that contains your OS, OS data, and some personal data. Also, Windows and Mac computers should be able to load and boot up from the SSD boot drive.

2. Does cloning a drive make it bootable?

It depends. If you cloned a data drive, it's not bootable but only accessible for data storage. 

If you cloned an OS disk, it can be bootable if you remember to change the boot order, setting the computer to boot from the new disk. 

3. How do I transfer my OS from HDD to SSD?

To transfer Windows OS from HDD to SSD, you can use EaseUS Partition Master with its Migrate OS to HDD/SSD feature for help. It's listed in Part 2 on this page. 

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