Transfer Windows 10 to SSD – Here’s How

I spend a lot of my time migrating older systems to SSD. So i’m aware of all the inherent pitfalls when it’s time to transfer Windows 10 to SSD. I’ve read all the guides. Seen all the advice and different software that people use. But the one thing all of these guides never seem to go into is unmovable files.

You see, when you change a normal hard drive for an SSD, invariably the SSD will have less storage space. In most guides what you are told to do is this. Delete any files you don’t need and then run disk cleanup and defragment the drive. This is all well and good, unless………

You have a dreaded unmovable file. Unmovable files are system files that stop you shrinking your disk beyond a certain point. And if that point is beyond the size of your SSD, your aim to transfer Windows 10 to SSD is scuppered.

Of course, you could go buy a larger SSD. But with the price of them currently, that could get very expensive.

So what are your options?

Luckily, there is a way around this. Even better is that it’s free!

All you need is Aomei Partition Assistant. This clever disk management system allows you to move the unmovable! Of course, there is some risk to this. So make sure that you have everything backed up before you start.

transfer windows 10 to ssd

As can be seen from the above graphic, Aomei partition assistant can be used for many different operations. It’s much more powerful than the standard windows disk manager tool. But for this article, we are only going to be focussing on one area.┬áMigrate OS to SSD. This handy little option allows us to not only shrink the system but then also automates the process of copy the disk across. Check out the video below for a quick explanation into how to transfer Windows 10 to SSD using the migrate option.

Transfer Windows 10 to SSD – Here’s How

Partition Alignment

All you have to do now is tell the computer that you want to boot from the new drive. To do this, you need to set it in bios. To get into Bios you will need to hit a key as your computer is turned on. It usually tells you which one in the loading screens and is usually delete, esc or one of the F1 – F12 keys. Once in Bios, follow this guide below to locate your boot options and change the hard drive boot order.

Changing Hard Drive Boot Order

All being well, you can now remove the old drive from your computer. Or leave it as storage space.


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