In this day and age, SSD is gaining popularity among computer users. With faster read-write speed, SSD is definitely a better choice (users who have experience with the two kinds of hard drives should know this). Despite the higher cost per GB, advantage for SSD are power-saving, less noisy and more reliable. In a word, SSD satisfies the demands for most computer users to improve computer’s performance. Thus, when users want to upgrade their local drives, SSD is always the first choice.
Then what data should we migrate to SSD? We all know that the cost of SSD is much more expensive than that of HDD. Thus the most reasonable way is to migrate OS to SSD only. However, if you only want to keep one hard drive and you have got a SSD with huge storage space, you won’t care about such things.
Next well will tell how to upgrade the whole HDD with SSD. In this part, we need a partition magic which is called MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is a free partition management software that can be used to manage local drives in many aspects. When it comes to upgrade hard drive, this program offers two solutions for users to choose. The first one is to “Migrate OS to SSD/HD“, and the other one is to clone the whole disk.
The following part shows you the detailed steps to copy the whole HDD to SSD.
Before you do:
Make sure the storage space of your SSD is equal to or larger than the used space of the current HDD, and ensure you have made a backup of the content in it, because this drive will be cleared.
Step1: Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard. Then launch it to the main interface. Right-click on the HDD and choose “Copy” on the pop-up menu. And then choose SSD as the target disk.
Step 2: Choose how you want to copy the disk. And it is recommended to tick “Force to align partitions to 1MB” to improve the performance of SSD.
Step 3: MiniTool will tell you how to boot from the SSD. Please pay attention. Click “Finish” to go back to the main interface and then press “Apply” to start the changes.
Note: If the source HDD contains operating system, this operation will be finished under boot mode.
This is the end of how to upgrade HDD to SSD. Next time you want to copy a hard drive, use free MiniTool Partition Wizard to help you.
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