How to Move Files from SSD to HDD in Windows 10

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"I have a 240GB SSD and a 1TB HDD on my computer. I just want to keep my OS and games on my SSD and move files to the HDD because of disk capacity issues. Can I move files from SSD to HDD directly but not using copy-and-paste. Because I get a large number of files to be moved, and it's not the most effective way. Any suggestions?”

SSD is getting more and more popular due to its faster reading and writing speed, stronger shock resistance, no noise, and lightweight features. Many users prefer to installing OS and games on SSD for a better experience.  

However, after a long time of use, the SSD may have too many programs and files and is lack space. To troubleshoot, many users think of moving files from SSD to HDD, which is the topic we'll talk about here.

On this page, we will delve into how to move files from SSD to HDD in Windows 10/8/7 with a renowned and free PC data transfer tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free. You can quickly transfer files from SSD to HDD in two effective ways with this software.

How to Move Files from SSD to HDD with Free PC Data Transfer Software

When we talk about moving files from one place to another, the first thought would be copy-and-paste, which works for small amounts of data. But when it comes to transferring a large number of files, it won't be an effective way.

Then, how to transfer files from SSD to HDD efficiently? EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free comes to help, which offers the simplest methods to transfer files from PC to PC, migrate programs on local drives, and share files between two computers without a network.

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To transfer files from SSD to HDD on Windows 10, you have two ways to do it with EaseUS PC data transfer software.

Method 1. Directly Move Files from SSD to HDD with File Migration Feature

For users who just want to have OS and games on SSD and other files on HDD, EaseUS PC files transfer software allows you to move large and small files from SSD drive to HDD drive for cleanup.

Follow the detailed steps below. Here, let's presume the SSD is C drive, and HDD is Drive D. If it is not, replace where necessary.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your computer. Click "Large File Cleanup", then click "Start" button to go on. This feature enables you to transfer files from one drive to another or move data from one disk to another.  

choose large file cleanup

Step 2. Choose the hard drive or disk you want to scan for files.

scan HDD or SSD for files

Step 3. When the scan completes, files larger than 20M will be listed. Select the target files to transfer and set the target location as you need. Then, click the "Move" button to the next step. 

scan for files

Step 4. Confirm the transfer operation again and click the "Move" button to start the process. When the file transfer finishes, you will get enough free space on the source drive/disk. 

move files from one drive to another

Method 2. Transfer Files from SSD to HDD by Backup and Restore

Another way to transfer data from SSD to the hard drive is to make an image of the files on SSD, then restore them to the HDD. After that, you can clear the files on your SSD to get more free space for whatever you want.

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Step 1. Create a backup file of the source hard drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your Windows computer. Navigate to the "Backup & Restore" mode and click "Start".

choose image transfer mode to create a hard drive image

Hover your mouse over "Data Backup", and click "Next". Later, confirm the default settings of the file name and file path, or you can customize the settings on your own.

choose create image file to create a hard drive image

Now select the items you want to transfer to the other hard drive. EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows users to create backup files of multiple file types, including applications, personal data, and user accounts. To transfer files from one drive to another, deselect the "Applications" and "Accounts", hover your mouse over "Files", and click "Edit".

choose files to create a hard drive image

This is where you need to select files on the source drive. Expand the drive so you can selectively choose desired files, after then click "Finish". In the end, click "Backup". Wait for the process completes. 

edit files to create a hard drive image

Step 2. Restore the file to the destination drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and follow the same way to reach the step of selecting a transfer method. This time choose "Data Restore" and click "Next".

choose recover via image file to restore the image file to other drive

Choose the existing backup file presenting on the interface, or navigate to the exact file path where the backup file is, click "Restore".

click recover to restore the image file to other drive

You're back to the "Files", click "Edit" to get in. The backup file is viewable here. You need to click the pencil icon to set the target location, which is the other hard drive, and submit the change. After the basic settings, click "Finish" and finally "Restore". Wait patiently until the transfer process is over. 

recover image file to restore the image file to other drive

EaseUS Todo PCTrans - Top-Ranking PC Data Transfer Software

EaseUS Todo PCTrans provides one-stop PC data transfer service to fulfill various file transfer needs. The main data transfer features are below.

Transfer Data Between Two PCs

Transfer applications, data, accounts, and settings to a different computer by network connection. You can share files between two laptops using WiFi in Windows 10.

Move Local Applications Without Reinstallation

Cover most popular programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe software, Google Chrome, Steam games. Support copying installed programs between hard drive partitions. For example, transfer programs from C drive to D drive.

Transfer by Backup and Restore

Transfer files from the source PC to the target PC by backup and recovery when there is no internet connection. Create images of your files, programs & account.

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More Hot Topics on How to Transfer Data from SSD to HDD

The following are the top topics related to data transfer between SSD and HDD. Check the brief answers for these problems.

1. How do I move programs from SSD to HDD in Windows 10?

You can resort to the App Migration option of EaseUS Todo PCTrans to move programs from SSD to HDD on Windows 10/8/7:

Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Click "App Migration".

Step 2. Choose the programs you want to transfer. Set the HDD as the target location and click "Transfer".

Step 3. Wait for the transfer process to finish. After that, you can run the migrated software on your HDD.

2. Can you clone an SSD to an HDD?

You can clone an SSD to HDD easily with EaseUS Todo Backup that is good at partition/disk clone.

Step 1. Download and install EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone".

Step 3. Select the SSD as the source disk and set the HDD as the destination disk.

Step 4. Customize the disk layout and begin to clone SSD to HDD.

clone SSD to HDD

3. How do I change the download location from SSD to HDD?

To change the default location for your downloads, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.

Step 2. Right-click your Downloads folder and choose "Properties".

Step 3. Select the Location tab, change the directory for the downloads from SSD to HDD.

change download folder location from SSD to HDD

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How to Move Files from SSD to HDD in Windows 10

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