How to install an SSD and boost your PC's performance

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How to move Windows from your old HDD to the new SSD

Once you’ve installed the new SDD – and assuming the old disk has been slimmed down enough – you can then begin the process of transferring this data to the new SSD. Open EaseUS Todo backup and select "Clone" from the left-hand sidebar. 

Select your old HDD as the clone source and select the SSD as the target location. Before anything else, tick the box next to “Optimize for SSD”. This is so the partition is correctly aligned for SSDs (this ensures the best performance of the new drive).

The cloning tool will begin copying data over. If you tick the "Shut down the computer when the operation completed" box, the process will shut your system down when completed.

At this point, if you get an error message alerting you that the source drive is too big, you will have to go back to the step before and delete more data from the old drive. This can happen when you haven’t formatted the SSD to find out the true capacity of the new drive.

Note: We’ve assumed here that you are keeping your old HDD, but if you’re replacing it with the new SSD, you’ll have to add the additional steps of saving the cloned disk to an external drive, and then, after installing the SSD, restoring the backup from that external drive (see the EaseUS documentation for more details).

Delete your old drive

Once you’ve completed the transfer, switch the PC back on and boot from the SSD. You may have to go into the boot menu and select the SSD as the drive to boot from (if you’re not sure how to do this, see your motherboard manual).

You should notice that Windows now starts a lot quicker than before. But we are not finished yet. You can then open up Windows Explorer and wipe the old drive (make sure it isn’t the backup) Right click on this old drive and select format.

Get your old data back from the backup

We can now move data from the backup onto your old disk, which is now extra storage for your system. You can create a new folder to store all your user folders. Then click on C:\users\username (replace username here!) and you should see your (now empty) user folders. Right-click on each one, select Properties, and go to the Location Tab. Click on Move, and select the newly created user folder as the destination. 

To restore your personal data from your backup, simple click and drag documents, music, pictures, videos, and other files back into your My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and other user folders that you have just moved.

Everything should now work as before, only faster.

This feature includes articles on how to install an SSD and how to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD that originally appeared at and IT Pro.

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