How to Set SSD as Boot Drive

Jean updated on Nov 13, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Q: How to set installed SSD as the main boot device 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 my Windows 10 to the SSD for booting up and then use the other TB hard drive for extra storage? I don't know how to set SSD as the boot drive. Thanks in advance."

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 usually has smaller volumes compared with traditional HDD. In order to achieve a high-performance combination between faster SSD and larger HDD, 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 deal with two problems: how to migrate Windows system from HDD to SSD, and how to set SSD as the boot drive. We will discuss these two questions in detail. Read carefully.

How to Migrate Windows 10 from HDD to SSD Without Booting Issue

To migrate OS to new SSD, you can do it with manual clone or by using a magic partition manager for help. If you clone Windows to SSD by yourself, you may fail if the boot drive and system drive are separated. Let alone set SSD as the boot drive after that. So to avoid this problem and move OS to SSD successfully, we highly recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master.

This competent hard drive management software comes with a highlighted feature called "Migrate OS to SSD/HDD", by which users can migrate Windows system and boot partitions to the SSD at once. In this way, your cloned SSD will not fail to start up due to a lack of boot partition. 

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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 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

How to Set SSD as Boot Drive in Windows 10 

After the system migration, the work is not yet complete. Whether you've manually cloned Windows 10 system to SSD or automatically migrated system to SSD with third-party software, as long as you want to set installed SSD as the boot drive, you need to do the following manual operations. 

  • Restart your computer
  • Press F2/F12/DEL to enter BIOS
  • Set to boot from the SSD. You may need to disable secure boot control to be able to see the SSD as a bootable drive. 
If the source HDD or SSD is in MBR boot mode but the cloned/migrated SSD is in GPT, it is not only necessary to make SSD first in the device boot order in BIOS but also needs to change the boot mode to EFI to ensure proper startup.

Useful Tips About 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, you still encounter can't set SSD as a boot drive or cloned SSD won't boot problem. Then you can contact our technical support team through to help you solve the problem. 


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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.

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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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