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Nowadays many laptops have upgrade HDD to SSD to realize the fast boot time and running speed as SSD provides users with faster running speed and better performance than HDD. The fastest option to improve computer performance is upgrading HDD to SSD, which use flash memory instead of a spinning disk and are much faster than a typical hard disk drive.
If you want to upgrade laptop or improve computer running speed, you can purchase an SSD (See: 3 SSD Terminologies You Need to Know when Buying SSD Drive) and migrate OS to SSD with a freeware. For users’ convenience, I will show you how to migrate OS to SSD without any data loss.
Using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to upgrade HDD to SSD is a good choice, as it will not only transfer all the files on the old disk to the new one, but also fix and update boot configuration and parameters to make migrated Windows bootable. Because of this, you can upgrade system disk to SSD with very simple steps
Besides, it also offers many other outstanding features like check file system, copy disk, convert FAT to NTFS, wipe disk, surface test, convert MBR to GPT without data loss ,etc. In this case, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is highly recommended for you to upgrade and manage SSD.
Next, I will show you how to migrate the whole system disk to SSD with detailed steps and screenshots. Here I take upgrade HDD to SSD on laptop as an example. For desktop users, click here to see how to replace HDD with SSD in a Desktop PC.
Step 1. Prepare a SATA-to-USB adapter to connect the SSD to your computer.
Step 2. Get MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition by clicking the following button. Install it on your computer and launch it to get its main interface.
Step 3. In this interface, choose Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard to continue.
Step 4. Choose a method to migrate your system disk. Option A means MiniTool Partition Wizard will copy all the partitions on the disk while Option B means it will only copy system required partitions.
Step 5. Select the target disk to save the copy of Windows and click Next. All data saved on the target disk will be destroyed, so please backup essentials in advance.
Step 6. Then, set copy options by yourself. You can edit partition size or location by dragging the handle bar and click Next.
Step 7. After that, the note which shows how to boot from the target disk will appear, and users need to do as told when the migration is completed. Read this note and click Finish to go back to the main window.
Step 8. At this time please click Apply button to apply all these pending changes.
Step 9. When you click Apply, MiniTool Partition Wizard will ask for a restart as we are migrating a running Windows to another hard disk. Just click Restart Now button to allow all operations.
Step 10. After the cloning is finished, shut down your PC and unplug it. Take out the old HDD from your computer and install the new one. Then restart your computer.
Upgrading to an SSD for Windows from a mechanical drive will greatly increase performance in opening applications and reduces the startup time. It’s a worthwhile PC upgrade and it will not cause data loss with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
However, if you don’t want to buy a new SSD, you may also extend C drive to improve computer running speed as a full system partition can also greatly impact performance. Try extend system partition to improve computer running speed if you don’t want to purchase a new SSD.
Besides, you can try some solutions for potentially boosting your computer’s performance. If you’ve done everything you can but your computer still runs slowly, you’d add RAM or upgrade HDD to SSD.
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