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How to Move Windows 8/8.1 to SSD Without Reinstalling Windows and Applications

Updated by Gemma on Nov 29, 2021
Written by Daisy

Installing a solid-state drive (SSD) is one of the best upgrades you can make to your computer, but moving your Windows 8/8.1 installation to a small drive can be tricky. Here's how to install an SSD without reinstalling Windows and applications from scratch.

What You Need to Move Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD

There are a variety of ways to go about this, but we've found this to be the simplest and most reliable method. The following is what you'll need:

  • Your current hard disk, with Windows, installed. To make it easy, we'll call this disk for short - that is, the disk you're migrating from - your "current hard disk" throughout the process.
  • A solid-state disk. This is the disk you'll be migrating to. To get a rough idea of how big it should be, go to your current disk, navigate to C:\Users\ and right-click on your user folder. Click Properties, and markdown how much space that folder takes up. Head to My Computer and note how much space Drive C: has filled up, and subtract your user folder's size from C:'s total. That's how big your SSD needs to be, though I'd give yourself a good deal of free space for future updates and new programs.
  • A backup of all your data. Since it's impossible to clone only part of a drive, you'll need to remove your music, movies, and other personal files from your current disk before migrating Windows to the SSD, which means you'd better back up your data somewhere else. Just make sure that data is safe and recoverable as we'll be restoring it later on.
  • EaseUS Todo Backup. This is the program we'll be using to migrate your installation. It's easy to use, can perform multiple operations at once.

Guide: How to Move Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to SSD with EaseUS Todo Backup

Follow the step by step guides provided below to transfer Windows 8 from HDD to SSD in the simplest way. 

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Step 1. On the main page, find and click "Tools", system clone and other utilities are here.

system clone step1

Step 2. EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically select the boot and system partition, choose the target disk and click "Next."

system clone step1

*System clone will wipe out all data and does not support cloning MBR disk to GPT or vice versa. Make sure that the partition style of the source disk and the target disk are the same.

system clone step3

Step 3. If the target disk is a SSD, choose optimize for SSD in the advanced options.

Optimize for SSD

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start cloning.

clone system step4

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Follow these simple steps, you can migrate Windows 8/8.1 from HDD to new SSD with EaseUS Todo Backup easily. Besides, EaseUS Todo Backup can also back up and restore the Windows 8/8.1 OS and data on your HDD and SSD.

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Updated by Gemma

Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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