Migrate from HDD to SSD Keeping Data and the Boot Drive Intact

Solid-state drives (SSDs) give high performance when you perform data read/write operations. This makes people who have the hard disk drives (HDDs) installed on their PCs upgrade to SSDs, aiming for speedy performance of their PCs. Well, the biggest risk involved in migrating from a HDD to SSD is the data loss. Although the loss of files is not sure to occur, walking on the safe side is always supportive, no matter what.

When it comes to the hard disk drives, I do not recommend having a firm faith in the data storage media of this variety. Technically, the hard drives contain moving components powered by certain supply of voltage. You cannot show belief in such internals, as they may fail at any time, causing data loss. Where should I save my crucial files then? This is a big question, which strikes in my mind when we talk about the hard drives being unsuccessful in storing data safely. It also raises an alarm, asking for availability of a better, secure, and high-speed storage medium, which should be portable as well.


The solid-state drives fulfil all these requirements efficiently by providing you the high-speed memory with no moving components, but various flash memory chips integrated into a panel. Luckily, the SSDs are portable as well, which is one of the key features that I always look for while purchasing an external drive. This makes migrating from the HDDs to SSDs worthwhile. However, you also require a migration tool to move all the data from the HDD to SSD in a flash.

HDD to SSD Migration

When a need for data migration is experienced, a migration tool is the key requirement, which must be fulfilled without failure. You may not find the right tool so easily while looking for it on the Internet, as a number of similar tools claiming for being efficient are also in existence. In fact, how efficient a data migration too is can be judged only by putting it into practice. I suggest being careful and wise enough to back up all the crucial files before you start migrating them all. The following are the additional requirements to carry out data migration efficiently:

• Before you start migrating your data, make sure that you have a minimum number of files to export to the new drive. Try to reduce the number of files by having a thorough look inside your drives. The files that are no longer required on the new drive, you could delete them to narrow down your migration criteria.
• Go for a full backup of all your files before you actually start exporting your files from your current drive to a new one. When it comes to migrating data from a HDD to SSD, since the new drive has high-speed memory, exporting the minimum number of and/or essential files gives better results.
• Another crucial factor you must keep an eye on is defragmentation. I suggest going for the hard drive defragmentation before the data migration process starts. This will free up the blocks on the hard drive and optimized the free space for the efficient henceforth performance of the drive.

Tip: Before installing the OS on the SSD, I suggest switching the storage control setting in the BIOS to AHCI mode to achieve the best performance.


In case the migration software you practiced was not efficient, you might lose some of your files. Use a commercial data recovery software to bring the lost files back to life.

Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery – Pro edition recovers all your lost files from Windows hard drive, keeping all the files intact. You can also create an exact replica of your hard drive on another drive with comparable storage capacity, keeping your data intact. The process is called the hard drive cloning. See how you can clone your hard drive to an SSD with this professional software:

1. With the SSD attached to your PC, run Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Pro.
(On the home screen, you see four options – ‘Drive Recovery’, ‘CD DVD Recovery’, ‘Photo Recovery’, and ‘Email Recovery’ options under the ‘Data Recovery’ tab.)
2. Switch to ‘Advance Option’ tab – the third tab on the home screen of the software.
3. You see the following three options under the ‘Advance Option’ tab:
a. Create Image
b. Clone Drive
c. Drive Status
Click the ‘Clone Drive’ option.
4. Click the ‘Select Source Disk’ drop down menu and select your primary hard drive (i.e. the one you want to clone) from the list.
(You should see at least two drives in the list.)
5. Likewise, click the ‘Select Destination Disk’ drop down menu and select the secondary drive (i.e. the SSD attached to your PC) from the list.
(You should see the same two drives in the list.)
(Note: Make sure the SSD destination drive is larger or at least equal in capacity to your primary hard drive.)
6. Click the Start Cloning button in the air pane.

Once the software is done cloning the hard drive on SSD, you can see that the clone drive contains all your data as well as the boot volume intact. In fact, you can even boot from the clone drive to access your data. For this, simply attach the SSD to your PC and restart it. Change the system boot order to SSD as the bootable media and here you go.

About the Author:
Oliver occasionally writes on anything he founds interesting, especially on technology, gadgets, software etc. For more tutorials from him, consider checking out his twitter page: @powellstellar


D-Techz is an admin at techybloggerz and a part time blogger who love technology and likes to try on new stuff especially something that related to computers, gadgets, and games. Technology always comes as long as you follow them:)

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