How to Migrate Windows 7 to SSD in Two Easy Ways
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.
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.
- Move system partition to SSD along with the boot partition.
- Extend system partition. Create, format, copy, and delete partitions.
- Support converting GPT to MBR or from MBR to GPT.
Now, download this Windows OS migrating tool and follow the step by step guide to finish moving Windows 7 to SSD.
Steps to migrate OS to HDD/SSD:
- Run EaseUS Partition Master, and select "Clone" from the left menu.
- Check "Migrate OS" and click "Next".
- Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click "Next".
- Check 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 "Yes".
- Preview the layout of your target disk. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.
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.
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 the Clone Entire OS Disk feature in EaseUS Partition Master to clone Windows 7 system to SSD. This software enables you to complete the system transfer process on your own. 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.
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Disk Clone tab, select "Clone OS Disk" and click "Next".
Step 2. Select the target new drive where you want to clone the OS to, and click "Next".
Click "Yes" t confirm that you want to continue the OS disk cloning process.
Step 3. View the disk layout, and click "Start" to begin the OS cloning process.
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.
If you just want to reinstall OS, go to check how to fresh install Windows on SSD.
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.
FAQs about Clone Windows 7 to SSD
If you have further questions about migrating or cloning Windows 7 to SSD, follow the listed questions here and find answers below:
1. Can you clone a Windows 7 hard drive?
Yes, you can use the Clone feature in EaseUS Partition Master to clone the Windows 7 hard drive.
- Connect a new disk to Windows 7.
- Initialize the disk as the same disk type as the Windows 7 hard drive.
- Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to Clone, select "Clone entire OS disk".
- Select the Windows 7 hard drive as the source disk and, select the new hard drive as the destination, click "Next".
- Click "Execute Task".
2. Can I just copy Windows to my SSD?
Yes, you can. You can apply the Copy Partition feature in EaseUS Partition Master to copy the OS and System partition separately to SSD. Then set the SSD as the boot drive so to make Windows bootable on the new SSD.
3. How do I duplicate Windows 7?
To duplicate Windows 7, you can use a reliable system clone software such as EaseUS Partition Master for help. It enables you to clone the entire Windows 7 disk to a new drive in simple clicks as the two methods showed you above.
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 9 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.
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