How to Move OS to SSD?

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If you have an old laptop, you are likely struggling with its speed. This is because old Windows machines have mechanical hard drives. They are not as fast as modern SSDs.

So, should you simply upgrade to a new laptop and chuck your old one? Not really! You can just move the OS to SSD and continue using it without any issues. The problem, though, is that SSDs are often smaller than the traditional hard drives and this can make the transfer slightly difficult. Most users end up reinstalling the entire Operating System to get over this difficulty but that’s honestly the longer, more arduous route.

However, We have an easier solution that you can try without going through the trouble of reinstallation. It takes a few extra steps, but a lot less time.

What You Require

There are a few things that you should do before starting the process so that the transfer is seamless. They are:

  • Ensure that you can connect the SSD to your laptop – you may need an additional cable for this
  • Back your data up
  • Get a software program that enables transfer – there are quite a few free versions that can help
  • Keep a system repair disc handy – this may not be required but it is good to have it in case you need it

The process

Now that you have prepped, you can go ahead with the actual transfer.

  1. Check the capacity of your SSD and make sure it has enough room to accommodate the OS. Most SSDs are smaller than the traditional hard drive. So, you may need to free up space. Delete anything you don’t need. If there are important files, transfer them to another hard drive or drop them into a cloud storage solution such as OneDrive or Dropbox.
  2. Make sure that your SSD’s firmware is up to date. If it isn’t, you will need to update it before you transfer files to it to prevent data loss. The SSD’s website will have all the information you need to go through with this process.
  3. Use the software you installed to clone your drive. The steps may vary from one program to the other. Be careful to follow each step carefully because this is the most important part of the whole process. The generic steps are as follows:
    • Select the source disk as your system drive
    • Select the destination as your SSD
    • Choose Optimize for SSD
    • Edit if needed
    • Go to Next
    • Resize if needed and click OK
  4. In case there are errors during this process, you may need to download a defragmenting tool (third-party).
  5. After you are done, turn TRIM on so that your SSD manages the empty space well and then turn defragmentation off.
  6. Try to boot Windows from your SSD now. It should be quick and seamless.

The steps may feel overwhelming but they are quite easy to follow. If you have any doubts about the same, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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