Move Windows 10 Installation from Hard Drive to SSD

The bootup time of Windows 10 is quite faster than all previous versions of Windows and the same holds true for it’s overall performance.

But if you use a solid state device i.e SSD; then bootup and other performance levels will go even better. If you are using HDD and only recently you have bought a SSD, then you must use the SSD as a system partition. This means Windows 10 must be installed on the SSD for optimal performance. If you have installed Windows 10 on the hard drive then you need to move it from the HDD to SSD. This is not as simple as it seems, as you need to be equipped with some technical knowledge in order to perform this task.

If you reinstall Windows 10 on SSD then you need to reinstall all the software programs and applications as well which might a while, therefore moving Windows 10 installation is a much better option. For this you need EaseUS Todo Backup which is really helpful in migrating the Windows installation from the HDD to the SSD. Create a backup so that you’re safe against any error that might end up depriving you of your data and then proceed to follow these steps carefully. Also, as the size of the SSD is comparatively smaller than the traditional HDDs so it is better to move or delete your personal data like pictures, games and movies from your current system partition.

In order to move Windows 10 to the SSD, here is what you need to do:

  • Launch EaseUS Todo Backup application and from the left sidebar select the Clone option
  • Now select Disk Clone
  • From the Clone Source option, select the system partition of the HDD where Windows 10 is installed
  • Select your SSD drive as a target in the Target Location section
  • In the Options menu, select Optimize for SSD to make sure that the drive is correctly formatted for SSD
  • Now click Next and EaseUS will start copying the Windows 10 installation from the old hard disk to the SSD


Now your Windows 10 has moved to the SSD and you should format the old system partition (C drive in most of the cases). To format your old system partition right-click the C drive and select the Format option which will delete the entire contents of that drive, including Windows 10.

Now you can check your system’s performance by rebooting it and you will notice a huge difference. Windows 10 will now boot very fast and make for a very satisfying computing experience. However, if you need to link the Documents, Pictures and other folders to your Windows 10 installation on the SSD then you need to perform one last step.

  • Copy all your personal data i.e Documents, Pictures, Videos and any other folder’s data on your old system partition which is now formatted and empty
  • Once you’ve finished copying the data, open the new system partition on the SSD
  • Right-click each folder and go to Properties
  • Finally, change the Target Location. You can set the target to your old data which is now copied onto the old system partition


So now when you will try to open the Documents folder from the SSD drive, the actual folder present on your old system partition will be opened actually.That’s it for now, you are now all set to make good use of the fast speed of Windows 10 which is now installed on the SSD.