Are you planning to upgrade your hard disk drive or replace it with an SSD? This will enable you to install a new copy of Windows on your new hard drive. But, what if you can transfer your OS to a new hard disk drive or SSD without reinstalling Windows? In this guide, you will learn how to migrate your Windows OS to a new hard drive and save yourself the hassle of reinstalling a new copy of Windows.
There are two main reasons why you would want to upgrade your hard drive, either because you lack storage, or because you want a hard drive with a decent speed that will improve your overall PC performance. Yeah, you can get an external hard drive if you need more storage, but most people tend to keep files and data in one place while the external drive is being used as a backup just in case something goes wrong with their OS.
Upgrading your hard drive to an SSD, on the other hand, will give you an overall performance boost. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the simple step by step guide to migrate your Windows OS, file and data to a new hard drive without reinstalling Windows.
How to Transfer Your Windows OS To A New Hard Drive
For this tutorial, we will make use of a software called EaseUS Todo Backup and it supports Windows 7, 8 and 10 OS.
Step 1. First off, download EaseUS Todo Backup and install on your PC. Once installation completes, run the software.
Step 2. Now connect both Hard drives to the same computer if you’re using a PC. For laptops users, you need a SATA-to-USB cable to connect your new hard drive to the computer without the old HDD removed.
Step 3. So that you don’t lose any of your files and data, it is recommended that you first backup your entire OS to your PC. For laptop users, you can backup to an external hard drive.
Step 4. You might also need to create Windows System Repair Disk too. This isn’t required but adviced just in the case of any faults that might arise in booting your operating system on the new hard drive after migrating your OS. It will be used to repair the OS easily.
Step 5. Now you have to connect the both of the disks to your computer and then run the EaseUS Todo Backup app and then choose the Clone option placed on the top right corner of the software displayed on the screen.
You would then be prompted to select the destination partition if there are any or either clone to the entire disk. Choose the similar options, set up your preferences and then go on by clicking the next button.
Step 6. When you have finished with all your satisfied settings for cloning, start the process by clicking on the Proceed button. Your new disk would be cloned with the same data as well as the same operating system, and after the completion of the process, you would be ready to plug in your new HDD and remove the old one. Just do that and boot up your computer, that’s it.
That’s it, now you’ve successfully transferred your Windows OS to a new hard drive without installing a new copy of Windows. You can also prolong the life of your hard drive by following these easy tips. If you find this article helpful, please click the Sharing button below.