How to Upgrade Hard Drive To SSD Without Reinstalling Windows

This tutorial shows how to migrate your data from your HDD drive to SSD drive in Windows 10. By doing this approach the Windows license will be transferred to the new image of the OS. This procedure can be used for upgrading from HDD to SSD, replace a failing disk, or upgrade to a larger storage disk without losing anything. This tutorial will use Minitool Partition Wizard version 11.5  which offer a complete migration for free. The latest version 12 requires a paid subscription.

Below you will find three simple instructions of how to install Minitool Partition Wizard, connection between PC/Laptop and new SSD and the process to migrate the data from HDD to SSD

How To Install Minitool Partition Wizard

  1. On this link, you can find the Minitool versions available click on version 11.5 and download it. After that, run the installation file (.exe) and select your preferred language and click OK.

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  2. Accept the license term.

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  3. Uncheck the box if you don’t agree with condition of install additional software.

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  4. Click on install.

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 5. There we go, you finish.

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How to connect the SSD to the PC/Laptop

 Before you begin, every PC case has internal bays for adding extra hard disks, which are 3.5in wide. SSDs tend to be 2.5in wide, so you might need a mounting bracket to install it. If you are not sure which SSD you should buy, you can review the best SSD’s in market.

There are several connector types that SSDs use to interface with a computer, including SATA, PCIe, M.2, U.2, mSATA and SATA Express. For a consumer, the most common options are SATA and M.2. SATA is known as the old two-connector system that hard drives used, including


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It might be the case you are trying to migrate the data from Laptop or PC without internal bays for extra SSD, So, the SATA to USB cable (Figure xx) is an external drive adapter that gives you quick and easy access to a SATA drive through the USB-A port on PC or laptop.


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The process to migrate the data from HDD to SSD on Minitool wizard.

  1. Open Minitool and pick Disk clone

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  2. Click Next.

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  3. Choose the Disk you would like to copy and click next.

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4. Choose the target disk, where you want to move the data in and click Next

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  5. Click Yes if you are sure that there is not any important data in the SSD, as this process will destroy its content.

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6. On the next screen, you will see a summary of all your selections. By default, Fit partition to entire disk is selected and Disk 2 is the target disk, which is my SSD. If that’s right for you, click next.

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7. It then informs you to configure your BIOS to boot from the destination disk when next you boot up, I will explain this a bit later, just click finish.

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8. Next, it returns you to this main page below where you will now click apply on the top right corner to begin the migration process.

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9. A note will pop out a recommendation of closing all applications, then pick Yes.

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10. Time to wait for the migration data process.

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11. you will get this notice saying “Operation copy partition cannot be completed because drive C is being used now”.

It’s part of the process, mainly because some background processes are running on your machine, so it offers you three options, you either restart, retry or cancel the process. Here click on Restart Now. 

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12. Then wait for the partition wizard to automatically perform the migration process upon restarting.

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Tags: Data migration, Hard drive upgrade
Last update:
24-03-2021 05:57
Fabian Martinez
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