How to Migrate OS to Smaller SSD

I recently purchased a new SSD and want to transfer my operating system from my primary SSD to the new SSD. I don't want to lose any programs; I want to keep all my stuff. I'm working hard to understand what I need to do and how I would do this. I appreciate any help.

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Jerry· Answered on Jan 15, 2023

The easiest way to migrate your OS to a smaller SSD is to clone your hard drive.

In fact, the Windows backup utility can help you migrate the operating system via Backup and Restore. To finish the process, you must create a system image using Backup and Restore before restoring it to the new SSD. You need a third storage device to keep the backup image between these two procedures. In conclusion, moving the system image twice is laborious and time-consuming. What's worse, you cannot restore your system to partition layouts smaller than the original disk's size.

This is why cloning should be your first choice. In that case, you can use professional cloning software to help you clone your operating system to a smaller SSD.

EaseUS Disk Copy is one of the best cloning tools to help you migrate OS from HDD to SSD, to a smaller SSD, or a larger SSD. You can use it to clone disks, operating systems, and partitions. It is the perfect way to clone a hard drive to a larger drive without reinstalling the operating system. Additionally, it allows you to clone an HDD to an SSD for better speed and upgrade a hard drive to a bigger one.

The easiest way to migrate the operating system to a smaller SSD is to clone it. You can use professional cloning software to help you finish the task.

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