Why Do We Transfer Windows 10 to New HDD
Windows 10 now has become the most popular desktop operating among the numerous world-wide users. According to Netmarketshare, it takes almost 30% market share in the first week of Nov. Since Windows 10 is the latest operating system with many new features added-in, it has higher requirement towards computer configurations. Hence, some users may feel the operating system is not running as smoothly as the former one. In this case, they may consider transferring Windows 10 to new HDD/SSD that has better performance.
If you have the same requirement to clone hard drive Windows 10, how would you do it?
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In fact, transferring operating system is not as easy as some users have thought. Unlike individual files, operating systems cannot be duplicated by simply copying files one by one. If you do like this, you will receive a corrupted operating system and Windows cannot boot. To be honest, only professional disk partition manager can fulfill this job. Here we recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. This software is easy to use and can migrate Windows 10 to a new hard drive without boot issue. See the details below:
Before you start, prepare another HDD/SSD and connect it to your PC. Please make sure the capacity of the newly connected drive is large enough to hold all content of the system partitions on your boot disk. In addition, please make sure that the drive you connected has nothing important and is ready for data overwriting.
Step 1. Choose Migrate OS to SSD/HD from the tool bar.
Step 2. Choose a copy method. If you want to migrate all things from the boot disk, choose A; if you only want to migrate Windows 10, choose B instead.
Step 3. Select the disk you just connected to PC as the target disk. You will be warned that all data on the drive will be deleted if the hard drive is not unallocated space.
Step 4. Review the changes you have made or change the copy option. Also, you can adjust each partition size.
Step 5. Pay attention to the “how to boot” message and keep it in mind.
Step 6. Click Apply button finally to carry out Windows 10 migration.
Note that although this feature is called “Migrate OS to SSD/HD”, it will keep your operating system in the source disk. Thus, you get two copies of Windows 10 in two drives.
Tip: in fact, you can also employ the “Copy Disk” feature if it is the whole disk you want to copy.
When MiniTool Partition Wizard has finished Windows 10 migration, shut down your PC, remove the source disk or keep it there, then enter BIOS and set the target disk as the boot disk instead. After doing these, your PC should be able to boot from the new HDD.