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How to transfer Windows 10 to new hard drive without losing data [Tip]

Windows 10 background tiled [1]Over time, it is unavoidable to have failing hard drives. In such instances, the best option would be to replace the failing hard drive with a new one. Now what about your data? Well, it won’t be a problem if you’ve managed to keep a backup. Your data can be transferred to the new hard drive so you won’t have to start from scratch.

Now, what about your computer’s OS? Is it also possible to transfer it without losing its current data? Normally, it is difficult to do. The process itself takes a lot of time. In order to achieve such state, one would need to completely re-install the OS as well as the applications. Fortunately, there is a workaround and if your computer is running on Windows 10, you can complete such task by cloning the system drive using an all-in-one disk partition management tool like the EaseUS Partition Master.

Cloning the system drive

If you want to transfer Windows 10 to new hard drive [2] and avoid further hassles, such as re-installing the OS and applications, you can actually choose to upgrade to an SSD (Solid State Drive). This option is much preferred because not only does it improve your PC performance, it is also more reliable and has a longer lifespan compared to HDDs.

To make this happen, you must back up everything from your original hard drive first and then delete your personal files (ex. photos, videos, music, documents, etc.). The goal here is to make your current Windows OS small enough to fit into the SSD. You can move any large file to an external drive. Make sure to delete unnecessary files and unused applications.

After which, refer to the following steps:

The migration may take a while and varies per system. Once done, shut down your computer and unload the source drive. You’ll know if you’ve successfully transferred Windows 10 to the SSD if your computer boots like usual but much faster compared to before.