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How to Set SSD as Boot Drive

Updated on Dec 05, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Summary:
It's not such a difficult thing as you think to set SSD as an boot drive. EaseUS Partition Master can help you migrate Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista OS to SSD so that you can boot up Windows computer from SSD.

"I want to get a solid state drive for my desktop computer but all my data and windows copy is already installed on my 1TB hard drive. Is there any way I could transfer the Windows copy onto the SSD for bootting up and then use the other TB hard drive for extra storage? I'm slightly confused on how to set SSD as the boot drive. Any help would be appreciated."

Nowadays, more and more people choose to upgrade their hard drive to SSD (short for solid state drive) for faster read and write speed and lighter weight. However, SSD is usually designed with smaller volumes than those of traditional HDD. In order to achieve a high-performance combination between faster SSD and larger HDD, people would prefer to use it as boot drive while having the HDD of a larger capacity to store personal data, files, and applications.

A useful tool that helps set SSD as the boot drive

For computer users, it may sound a tough task to set SSD as the boot drive because they don't even know where and how to start. Don't worry, you got a magic partition tool to help. EaseUS Partition Master comes with a highlighted feature called "Migrate OS to SSD/HDD", by which users are able to migrate their Windows operating system to the SSD without losing any data on it. By migrating OS from the original hard drive to the new SSD, the computer will soon speed up and work smoothly as it is newly bought.

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 Windows 10 is supported

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 set SSD as boot drive by migrating OS onto the drive.

 

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.