Upgrading to an SSD (Solid State Drive) the best upgrade that can be provided to your computer. Whether you have a car that is slowing down or a new computer that still runs the old magnetic disks, SSDs are the storage medium of the future, and the sooner you jump on that wagon, the more peace of mind you will have. SSDs are much faster, are much more reliable and make annoying computing tasks enjoyable.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has optimized the operating system enough not to slow down easily. However, Windows, so yes, will slow down, and while there are numerous measures you can take to deal with it, nothing beats upgrading to an SSD that will take care of all your ills like that. One challenge, should you decide to bite the bullet, remains that of your current Windows installation. Nowadays, our PCs and laptops are practically an extension of ourselves, and although we may be reluctant to admit it, it is painful to set everything up again. So, in this article, we will show you how to update your machine on a new SSD and bring the current installation of Windows 10 with you.
It is worth noting that while the specific guide for Windows 10, it also applies to previous versions of Windows. So if you are going to do it with, for example, Windows 8.1 (please, upgrade to Windows 10 – 8.1 the worst you can have on your computer), you can still follow these steps safely.
SSD upgrade: what you will need
As for what you need to make a successful move from the old hard drive to an SSD, the list is quite simple. You will need yours old hard drive with the current installation of Windows 10, yours new SSD and a tool that will handle the transfer (in this case, EaseUs Todo Backup Free ), and optionally (but highly recommended), a external hard drive for back up your data and temporarily store your files (more on this in a while).
Preparing the old unit for migration
Of all that you end up doing in this process, this will be the most time-consuming step. There are actually two parts to this preparation: prepare data for migration and therefore prepare for the current installation of Windows 10 for the move. The sensitive part of the data. You see, SSDs have inherently low storage capacities compared to traditional hard drives, and while larger capacities are available, prices rise exponentially. Ideally, we recommend investing in an SSD that can hold your Windows installations and applications without worrying about personal files such as videos, photos, music etc. To this end, a 128 GB SSD usually should be sufficient in most cases, although it would vary from user to user.
Now, here's where the problem starts. Normally, our computers can have GB of data stored on their hard drives, or perhaps terabytes. The cloning tool we will use to migrate the installation takes everything with it, so for it to work, you need to reduce the amount of data on the hard drive. For this reason, we recommend move anything unnecessary from user folder in installing Windows 10 to an external hard drive. This includes any music, videos or photos you may have (those usually take up the most space), as well as any other files that are not critical to the Windows installation (so avoid the Windows and Programs folders in most cases ). Basically, you need to reduce the size of the Windows installation partition to a level lower than the total capacity of the target SSD.
The next step is to back up your data. While the process is mostly safe and doesn't cause unexpected situations, you can never be too sure. If you don't already have a backup mechanism, copy all data to external hard drive or use an online backup service like CrashPlan . It will be time consuming, but it is absolutely worth the investment.
Once you are done with the backup part, you are now ready to prepare the Windows installation for the move. This will basically defragment the Windows 10 installation partition before making the move. Just press the Windows key on the keyboard and type "Defrag" and then click on the search result. Perform a defragmentation on the drive C: (usual location of Windows installation) and you're good to go.
Windows 10 migration from hard drive to SSD
With all the rest, all you need to do is make sure that both your SSD and old hard drive are plugged in and turned on. safer at this point than completely remove the external hard drive of backed up data from your computer. Also, if you are using a laptop that does not fit simultaneously with an SSD and a traditional hard drive, an external adapter is needed to connect the old hard drive, but highly optional and, again, will vary on a case by case basis.
Assuming you have everything configured, make sure you have formatted your SSD before turning it into a clone. It will run a quick format, which you can do simply click with the right click on SSD in Windows Explorer and choosing Format .
Now, start EaseUs Todo Backup and select "Clone". Identify the source disk (which will be the old hard drive) and the destination path (which will be your new SSD). Then, tick the box at the bottom of the writing "Optimize for SSD" which will ensure that the new partition works optimally. There is an option for turn off the computer when the clone operation is complete – useful if you plan to do this overnight. Start the cloning process and wait patiently: the time taken will depend on the amount of data you have on the source disk.
Boot Windows 10 from SSD
Once the cloning process is over, the heavy lift has practically ended, except for one key component: they are now available on the computer two bootable Windows 10 installations . Turn off the device (if you haven't already selected that option in EaseUs) and restart. Once the system has started, you will be presented with which Windows to start. Select the one that now resides on yours new SSD and let Windows fully load (you'll notice that it's much faster than before). Once done the Research, find the old hard drive partition in Windows Explorer, right-click is format the old drive to remove the old Windows installation. This is all.
Restore data to new SSD
Your old hard drive now basically an additional storage space for all the data you previously moved to make room (or a redundant drive that you need to extract). Depending on the scenario, connect the external hard drive used for backup and move the data to SSD or old hard drive, based on the location of the space. Just note that anything on the SSD will be accessible significantly faster than the magnetic drive. If you have used an online tool like CrashPlan, it is very likely that the application has migrated safely with the installation of Windows 10. Just turn it on and restore the data as you please.
This is all there is to do. While the prospect of migrating the installation of Windows 10 to a new SSD may seem daunting, as you can see, thanks to the many tools available to us, quite simple and direct. The end result is a computer that is much faster, more reliable and more pleasant to use, even with Windows.
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