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How to Boot from SSD After Cloning

Updated on Aug 11, 2019 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

Do you know how to make a cloned SSD bootable? Here, you can follow the two-step guide to make it. First, migrate OS to the SSD. Second, set the SSD as a primary boot drive in order to boot from the SSD after cloning in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 successfully.

Do you feel worried about finding no way to install an operating system on the newly purchased SSD? It costs usually 20 dollars or more for an operating system installation in a store, wouldn't you like to do it yourself?

It's ideal to own a solid state drive and boot Windows from it since the price has been largely decreasing. In addition, there is a noticeable improvement in startup speed. In order to assist everyone, including home users, office workers, and large enterprises, to install an SSD and set it as the primary boot drive in a simple way, we wrote this post, which introduces a two-step guide to help achieve the goal. At the bottom of this article, we also provide readers with a video tutorial.

Things you need to prepare:

  • Your Windows desktop computer/laptop
  • Toolkits like a SATA cable, a screwdriver, etc.
  • SSD initialization in Disk Management in Windows.
  • EaseUS Todo Backup 
Make sure that you use the correct connection method to well connect the SSD to your computer or laptop, usually using a SATA cable. And if it's a new SSD, remember to initialize it with a proper GPT or MBR, according to the source drive. Just keep them both the same partition style.

Part 1. Migrate OS to SSD by disk cloning

So, here comes to the point. To boot from an SSD, the alternative solution to spending money for some professionals on installing an operating system, like Windows 10 or Windows 7 from the scratch, you can easily make it by downloading some OS migration software. Among all, we think that EaseUS Todo Backup works the best.

It's the best SSD cloning software that enables users to clone OS from HDD/SSD to SSD without any hassle. Download the free backup software and follow the disk clone guide to start the first stage of letting the computer to boot from it.

For example, to clone Windows 10 to the SSD, start with the guide below.

Step 1. To migrate Windows 10 installation to a Solid State Drive, make sure that you've connected the SSD properly to your Windows 10 computer. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "System Clone".

choose system clone to clone windows 10 to ssd

Step 2. The source disk contains Microsoft Windows 10, and you need to select the destination disk, which is the SSD you just connected. 

Since it's an SSD, click "Advanced options" in the lower left corner and tick the box for "Optimize for SSD". This helps run your SSD at its best performance after cloning. Click "OK".

choose ssd as the destination disk

Step 3. Click "Proceed". Wait patiently until the process ends and then safely unplug the SSD from your computer.

click proceed to start cloning windows 10 to ssd

Part 2. Boot from the cloned SSD

Make sure that you followed the system clone guide carefully to avoid the embarrassing moment that cloned SSD won't boot. Next, you can change the boot order with the following simple steps to boot Windows from SSD at once.

Step 1. During the process of computer restarting, long press "F2" key (perhaps other keys like DEL) and access to the BIOS environment.

Step 2. Change the boot order and set the cloned SSD as the boot drive in BIOS.

Step 3. Press "Enter". Now you should boot the computer from the SSD successfully.

In the end, to go over the whole procedure from cloning OS to the SSD to set it as the boot drive, you may watch this three-minute video tutorial.