Setup SSD/HDD and Change OS Disk for Windows 10

Brithny updated on Dec 07, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

"Hi, do you know how can I change my present system disk? I mean to set up SSD as the OS disk and change the HDD as the storage disk for my computer. Can I do it on my own? How?"

"I recently bought a new SSD drive, and I want to install my present Windows 10 into the new SSD and leave the present HDD as a storage disk. How to make the change? I mean how to change the OS disk and set SSD as the system drive? Can you help me?"

If you are looking for a way to set new SSD/HDD as the system drive disk for your computer, you are at the right place. Here below, we have methods for you to solve this problem. 

Tip: Back up Windows system and data first

To avoid unexpected system failure or data loss trouble while you are changing the system disk between SSD and HDD, it’s highly recommended for you to back up your present Windows system and important data in your PC first. 
Backing up to an external hard drive shall be the best option.

Method 1. Setup SSD/HDD as OS disk and change storage location with ease

This method is the straightforward way for users to directly change their OS disk without reinstalling system under Windows 10/8/7 etc. And only a few simple clicks will do. All you need is a professional partition manager software which supports to migrate system freely to HDD or SSD. 

EaseUS software provides its partition software - EaseUS Partition Master for you to setup SSD or HDD as OS disk with “Migrate OS to HDD/SSD” feature. You can transfer system between HDD and SSD so to change the system disk and storage disk with ease. Download this software for free and follow the steps to do it now:

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 Windows 10 is supported

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" and "OK" 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 "OK" to continue.

preview the lay out

Step 4: A pending operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will be added. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.

apply the process

Other Methods: Clean install OS to new SSD or HDD

These methods also work to set up SSD/HDD as new OS disk in Windows systems and it might be more complex. And you may also have to stand the system boot failure issue with this method due to improper operation.

1. Back up system and data into the external hard drive.
2. Remove HDD or SSD from PC(the old one).
3. Perform a clean install in new SSD or HDD with a bootable media or installation media.
4. When the installing process is finished, reconnect the old disk with PC.
5. Reboot PC and change boot order from new SSD or HDD in BIOS.
6. Restore data backups to the storage disk.

Note: This method might cause system boot failure or unexpected system problem on your computer. And please do it very carefully.
If you need a more stable and proper way, please try Method 1 for the system and data security.

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