Can I Transfer Just Windows to a New SSD From My Old HDD? Tell Me How

I have recently purchased a new SSD for my system and want to transfer Windows 7 from my old hard drive to it. However, I only want to transfer Windows to my new drive without other programs, as there is not enough space on the SSD. Is there a program I can use to select only certain things to transfer? Any help is much appreciated.

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Roxanne· Answered on May 23, 2023

No, you can't transfer just Windows 7 to a new SSD. According to your description, your new SSD is smaller than the old HDD, which doesn't have enough space to copy other programs, so you want to transfer only your Operating System to the new SSD. Unfortunately, there is no method that can meet your request so far. I will offer a complete procedure to help you achieve your goal. 

Phase 1: Free up the C drive

Before transferring any data, you need to clean the useless junk files and uninstall the applications that are not frequently used.

Phase 2: Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive

After freeing up the C drive, you should move installed programs to another drive, such as the D drive. Here is the article you can refer to:

More Information: Safely Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive

Phase 3: Migrate the Windows system 

I recommend you use a professional migration tool to transfer OS. Known for its clear interface and user-friendly design, EaseUS Partition Master allows you to migrate just Windows system, which is compatible with most Windows.

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EaseUS Partition Master simplifies the procedures of migrating OS to SSD. You can quickly transfer your OS in four simple steps:

Step 1. Install EaseUS Partition Master to use the "Clone" feature from the left bar. 

Step 2. Go to the "Migrate OS" section and select the target HDD you want to transfer. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 3. Click "Yes" to confirm the warning message, and preview the layout of your target SSD disk to see if you need to customize it.

Step 4. Last, click "Start" to boot the process.

Don't forget to set the new SSD as the computer's boot drive after successfully transferring the system. You will find the details in the link below:

Related Reading: How to Set SSD as Boot Drive

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