How can I transfer Windows 10 system files to new HDD or SSD
When Windows 10 is available, I upgraded my laptop the new system. It is really amazing. But later, I bought a new SSD on Amazon and planned to use it as the boot drive. So I can use the old hard drive as a storage device for data backup or data transfer. Obviously, I need to migrate os from HDD to SSD to achieve this goal. Otherwise, I have to reinstall Windows 10. But I have never tried to transfer Windows 10 system files to new HDD or SSD. And I completely have no idea about how to do it. Is there any program can help? Please give me some suggestion!
Many users tried to move Windows 10 to new HDD or SSD for different reasons such as hard drive upgrade, setting up a new computer, etc. But most of them encountered difficulties when they doing the migration job. So in this page, we would like to introduce how to transfer Windows 10 system files to new HDD or SSD in simple steps. You can try it when you facing a Windows 10 transfer job.
Can I Copy Windows 10 system files to another drive
The answer is no! Windows 10 system files contain too many files to fail to copy completely. Even though copying and pasting really work, you will miss some special files, such as:
- Files are hidden when Windows Installation.
- The boot loader which to boot the Windows system.
The best method for transferring OS to new hard drive is using EaseUS Partition Master. Follow the below steps to do a secure data moving.
Transfer Windows 10 System Files to a New HDD or SSD
First, we want to introduce you a Windows 10 migration tool that you need to use reliable partition software - EaseUS Partition Master for help. The program is usually used by people for hard disk partition management.
Moreover, its"Migrate OS to HDD/SSD" feature also allows you to transfer system and system files between HDD and SSD without losing any data.
Follwo the steps here to learn how to successfully move system files to another drive without losing any data:
Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.
Step 1. Select "Clone" from the left menu. Select the "Migrate OS" and click "Next" to continue..
Step 2. Select the target disk you want to clone. Click "Next".
Step 3. Click "Yes" after checking the warning message. 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.
Step 4. 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 "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk
Step 5. When you 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: it means to reboot the PC and boot OS from the new disk immediately.
- Done: it means to make the changes later.
What Else Can You Use EaseUS Partition Master?
Aside from migrating OS to a new disk, EaseUS Partition Master is also a great Windows disk management software to assist all Windows users to make full use of their disk space wisely.
EaseUS Partition Master
- Create, extend, shrink, merge, split, format, and wipe partitions.
- Clone and upgrade data & OS disk to a new HDD/SSD without losing any data.
- Optimize SSD performance with 4K alignment, check and fix file system error, more.
Bonus Tip: Transfer Windows 10 Programs files to Another Drive
If you are curious about how to move program files to d drive, there is a manual method for you or you can head to how to move programs from one drive to another for seeking an easier solution.
Step 1. Press Windows + R, and type Regedit.exe in the box.
Step 2. Find the following path (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion) on Registry Editor and change drive letter from C: to D: or other drives.
Transferring Windows 10 system file to a new disk is a necessary process when Windows users tend to upgrade and change their OS disk. EaseUS Partition Master with its Migrate OS to HDD/SSD feature perfectly resolve this issue, you can fully rely on it for help. It fully secures the OS and data while moving to a new disk without any boot issues.
FAQs about Moving System Files to Another Drive
If you hare more questions on moving system files to another drive, follow and find answers here:
1. Can system files be moved to another drive?
Yes, for some programs, you can copy and move them to another drive from the system C drive by using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.
No, for some OS boot files, you can't simply copy and move them to another drive as this may cause system boot issue on Windows PCs.
2. Can I move system files from C to D?
For non-system boot files, such as the Desktop folders, program files, and documents, etc., you can copy and move them from C to D drive. For a more reliable solution, you can turn to reliable file transfer software like EaseUS Todo PCTrans to migrate the system files from C to D drive successfully.
3. How do I move my operating system to another drive?
- Intall a second disk to your computer and initialize it to the same disk type as the OS drive - MBR or GPT.
- Launch EaseUS Partition Master, select "Clone".
- Select "Clone OS Disk" and select the target new disk as the destination.
- Click "Next" and click "Execute * Taks" to start moving the OS to another drive.
- Once done, enter BIOS settings and set the new disk as Boot drive.
- Reboot PC, and wait for the operating system to boot up normally.
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Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.
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