How to Transfer Data From HDD to M.2 SSD [2 Helpful Methods]

How to transfer data from HDD to M.2 SSD? Click here to read the complete guide on transferring data from your HDD disk to M.2 SSD successfully.

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M.2 SSDs are next-generation SSDs. With the NVMe protocol, they connect directly to the motherboard, enabling data transfer speeds up to 3500 MB/S. M.2 SSDs are smaller than SATA SSDs. They fit into any computer, even a laptop without room for a solid-state drive, and don't need a protective cover. Given their many capabilities, M.2 SSDs are an excellent option if you want to transfer your data from HDD. EaseUS will guide you to transfer data from HDD to M.2 SSD. So, let's begin!

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How to Transfer Data From HDD to M.2 SSD

To transfer files from an HDD to an M.2 SSD, you can use data transfer software to automate the process or do it manually. 

Methods Pros

Method 1. EaseUS Todo PCTrans🏆

  • Fast in transferring files
  • Bulk transfer data, files, and documents
  • User-friendly
  • Simply to operate
  • Support all Windows operating systems
Method 2. Copy & Paste
  • Easy for all Windows users
  • Efficient in data transfer

We have briefly compared the two methods so you can pick the one suitable for your requirements. If you prefer to execute a bulk data transfer, shifting all content to the new M.2 SSD, take Method 1 for help.

Method 1: Transfer Data from HDD to M.2 SSD via EaseUS Todo PCTrans

Using the data transfer software is one of the simplest methods to transfer data from a HDD to M.2 SSD. The most effective PC transfer software is EaseUS Todo PCTrans Professional.

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It is a straightforward software with numerous options, such as: 

EaseUS Todo PCTrans provides two methods for moving data from solid-state drives to hard disk drives. The "Backup & Restore Feature" and the "Large File Cleanup Feature" are the two alternatives that can help users efficiently move data from HDD to M.2 SSD.

Option 1. Large File Cleanup Feature 

This is the best option when you need to find and transport large files from your HDD to SSD. This feature is available in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, and even earlier versions to locate and relocate large files.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your PC. Choose "Large File Cleanup" > Click "Start" button to move on.

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Step 2. Select the disk you want to scan, click "Scan."

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Step 3. When the scan completes, files larger than 20M will be listed. Choose the wanted files and target drive to move. (You can choose the triangle icon to select destination or click "Browse" to pick the wanted place.)

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Step 4. Click "Move" button, then check files on the pop window. Then click "Move" button again.

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This feature also allows you to switch files to other types of disks. Feel free to share this great method with more friends who have the same demands around you:


Option 2. Backup & Restore Feature

Making an image copy of the data on the HDD before transferring them to the SSD is another option when EaseUS Todo PCTrans moves files between the two storage media. 

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Step 1. Create a backup file of the user folder

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

backup and restore feature

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. To transfer user folder from one drive to another, hover your mouse over "Files", check the files and folder you need to transfer, and click "Back up".

EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows users to back up user folder, including desktop, files, music, pictures, videos, and downloads.

choose files to create a hard drive image

Step 2. Restore the user folder 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", the backup file is viewable here. You need to click the 'Migration Settings' to set the target location, which is the other hard drive, and save the changes. After the basic settings, click "Restore". Wait patiently until the transfer process is over. 

Method 2: Using Windows Built-in Copy & Paste Feature

The copy-and-paste function in Windows is probably the first thing you think of when you hear the words "transferring files from HDD to SSD."  But this method is manual, takes more time and requires more steps than the first fix. So we recommend you refer to the first method to transfer data from HDD to M.2 SSD.

Here are some steps to follow;

Step 1. You can make multiple copies of a file by right-clicking it and selecting either the Copy or Cut menu item.

Step 2. Copy the data to your SSD and then right-click an empty area to select Paste. The file can be moved to the SSD in this way.

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Note: You can also use the shortcuts Ctrl + A, Ctrl + C, and Ctrl + V to select multiple files and programs in a single directory or partition. However, this Windows feature is limited in its use. 

Why Transfer Data From HDD to M.2 SSD - Benefits

Many people are migrating from HDDs to SSDs. So, learn why you should transfer data from HDD to M.2 SSD.

Faster Speed: SSDs are faster than traditional hard drives at both reading and writing data. Moving files to an SSD can improve boot time and overall speed.

Reliability: M.2 SSDs are more dependable than HDDs because they don't have any moving components and are consequently less prone to mechanical failure. This means that even if you drop your M.2 SSD or have a similar unfortunate incident, the data inside the M.2 SSD will not be lost.

Less Power Consumption: SSDs can lengthen the life of a battery because they utilize less power than HDDs.

Better User Experience: SSDs contribute to a more pleasant user experience as a result of their lack of noise and absence of moving elements.

Reduced noise: Since M.2 SSDs don't include any moving elements, they produce significantly less heat and noise than HDDs. The resulting computer system may be less noisy and less hot.

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to learn more differences between HDD and SSD:


In Windows, both methods make it simple to transfer data from HDD to M.2 SSD. First, you can use straightforward software like EaseUS Todo PCTrans to copy data between different disk types and create backups. The second built-in method is simple, it is laborious and prone to errors. 

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is your best option for moving data from an HDD to an SSD in Windows. So, download and give it a try!

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FAQs About Transferring Data From HDD to M.2 SSD

If you still have any queries, you can read the below-mentioned questions and answers:

1. How to move Windows 10 from HDD to M.2 SSD?

To move Windows 10 from HDD to an M.2 SDD, follow these steps:

Step 1. First of all, connect and format M.2 SDD.

Step 2. Use disk cloning software to clone your HDD to M.2 SDD.

Step 3. Later you have to adjust the BIOS settings to adjust M.2 SDD as the primary boot service.

Step 4. Now test M.S SDD to make sure everything is working correctly.

Step 5. Lastly, you can clean up your HDD by formatting it. 

2. How do I transfer data from SATA SSD to M.2 SSD?

To transfer data from SATA SSD to M.2 SSD, you should download EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Upgrade your computer with an NVMe M.2 SSD.

Step 2. Go to Disk Management to initialize the NVME SSD and create a new volume on it.

Step 3. Once your M.2 NVMe SSD is ready, the next step is to clone your SATA SSD onto it. You can do this with EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

Step 4. Activate the NVMe M. 2 SSD as your computer's primary boot device.

3. Does the M.2 SSD last longer than the HDD?

Yes, SSDs last longer and are more reliable than hard drives due to their solid-state nature. HDDs have moving components that cause wear and tear over time.

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How to Transfer Data From HDD to M.2 SSD [2 Helpful Methods]

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