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Transfer Windows 10 System Files to New HDD or SSD

Updated by Roxanne on Sep 22, 2022
Written by Brithny

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 new HDD or SSD

First, we want to introduce you a Windows 10 migration tool that you need to use, EaseUS partition software. The program is usually used by people for hard disk partition management. But with the feature of "Migrate OS to HDD/SSD", it also allows you to transfer system between HDD and SSD without losing any data. Now you can try it! 

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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..

select migrate os

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.

select the destination disk

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

preview the lay out

More Info: 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.

registry editor window

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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