How to Migrate Windows 7 to SSD in Two Easy Ways

Brithny updated on Sep 23, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Installing an SSD as the system disk is a quick way to upgrade your Windows 7 computer and improve performance. And the most direct way to get the SSD into your system is to physically install it, connect the right cables, and reinstall Windows from scratch. But most users don't want to reinstall because this process needs to set up Windows, all the apps, and get all the critical files and folders back on the new hard drive.

There are also other options that can help you move Windows 7 to SSD without doing a fresh installation. Here, we will show you two ways to transfer Windows OS. Both solutions are available for use under the condition that your system partition and boot partition are not on the same disk. 

1. Move Windows 7 to SSD with System Migration Software
2. Migrate Windows 7 to SSD by System Clone
Bonus Tip: How to Install a New SSD

Method 1. Move Windows 7 to SSD with System Migration Software

To copy Windows 7 from HDD to SSD, you need an OS migration tool. Here we recommend EaseUS Partition Master. It provides users the "Migrate OS" function to help to clone Windows 7 OS and SSD applications without reinstalling Windows. Let's check what EaseUS Partition Master can do for you.

Now, download this Windows OS migrating tool and follow the step by step guide to finish moving Windows 7 to SSD. 

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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" 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

After transferring Windows 7 OS from HDD to SSD, you can also use EaseUS Partition Master to resize/move partition on SSD.

Method 2. Migrate Windows 7 to SSD by System Clone

Another choice to migrate Windows OS to SSD is using EaseUS Todo Backup to clone Windows 7 system to SSD. This software enables you to complete the transfer with the "System Clone" feature. This function helps you resolve many complex migration affairs, especially when you need to upgrade hard disk from an old to a new, from a smaller to a larger, or from a hard disk drive to a solid-state drive without reinstalling OS.

Now, let's see how to clone Windows 7 to SSD with detailed guides.

User Attention:

  • If you are trying to clone Windows 7 to a new SSD or HDD disk, remember to empty the disk in advance. 
  • The storage device - the target drive must have enough space (larger than the system disk). 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "System Clone". The current system (Windows 7) partition and boot partition will be automatically selected.

click system clone so that you can clone Windows 10

Step 2. Choose the target drive - It could be a hard drive or an SSD.

choose a target drive to save your Windows 10

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows 7.

click proceed to start Windows 10 cloning

After the process is completed, please reboot your computer to your target drive.

Summary of Transferring Windows 7 to SSD

You can migrate Windows 7 from HDD to SSD easily using either of the above methods. The main function of EaseUS Partition Master is disk management that can help you manage drive/disk more easily and flexibly. The primary feature of EaseUS Todo Backup is file backup and drive/disk clone that can protect your data smartly and efficiently. And that's the only difference between these two methods. If you just want to reinstall OS, go to check how to fresh install Windows on SSD.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Bonus Tip: How to Install a New SSD

If you need to install a new SSD on your computer, you can follow these steps:

Install an SSD on the laptop

  • Shut down your laptop, unplug the power, remove the battery and uninstall the old hard drive
  • Connect SSD to the motherboard using a SATA cable
  • Reinstall battery, plug-in power, and restart the laptop

Install an SSD on a desktop computer

  • Open your desktop computer case
  • Connect SSD to the motherboard using a SATA cable
  • Connect the power cord to the SSD
  • Install the new SSD into the computer's drive bay
  • Replace the computer case cover
  • Plug in all the cables and power on the computer
  • Format the new SSD to use.

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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.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

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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