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How to Replace Laptop Hard Drive to SSD without Reinstalling Windows

While preparing a new SSD for a desktop computer or a laptop, you must purchase a matched one. Desktops come with a capacious computer case to fit pretty much all the SSD sizes, but laptop owners should take an additional step to check what SSD specification they should follow. The laptop manual should have the information you want to know, or just Google it with the accurate laptop model.

Part 1.  Connect SSD to Your Windows Computer

Tools you need:
1. SATA to USB Cable – USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter –
External Converter for SSD/HDD Data Transfer (USB3S2SAT3CB)
2. Klein Tools 4-in-1 Electronics Pocket Screwdriver

For both desktop and laptop, you’ll need to use the compatible connection method to properly connect the new SSD to your computer. It’s adequate enough to connect the SSD as an external hard drive without making efforts to uncase your desktop computer for install. Regarding you prepare a brand new SSD, Windows may ask you to initialize SSD to GPT or MBR for use. Don’t skip this procedure.

Part 2.  Test HDD Speed with Parkdale


Part 3.  Download and Install EaseUS Todo Backup Free


Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose “Clone”.​

Step 2. Choose the source disk you’re going to clone. Here, choose the HDD. Click “Next”.​

Step 3. Choose the destination disk. Here, choose the SSD. To largely improve the SSD performance after cloning, please do one more selection.

In “Advanced options”, tick the option for “Optimize for SSD”. Click “OK”. Then click “Next”.

Step 4. Preview a disk layout and click “Proceed”. It usually takes a while for the software to clone an HDD to an SSD depending on the size of the source disk.

Part 4. How to Install SSD After Clone

The laptop only permits one hard drive installing on it, so you have to remove the old HDD and replace it with the cloned SSD.

For laptops:

  • Shut down the laptop completely
  • Disconnect all the external connections including the SSD
  • Use the screwdriver to open the back cover of the laptop and take out the battery
  • Carefully take out the HDD with the help of your gentle fingers, and then fit the new SSD in the place
  • Close the back cover and reboot your laptop

For desktops:

It depends on how you’re going to deal with the old HDD. You can either keep it untouched, or format it as a storage drive, or remove it from your computer case. It’s all up to you.

Case 2. Remove the HDD and install SSD on it

  • Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet
  • Unscrew and remove the sides of your computer’s case
  • Place the SSD into its mounting bracket or a removable bay, line it up with the holes underneath and then screw it in
  • Connect a SATA power cable to the SSD
  • Restore all the parts to the initial state and reboot your computer

Part 5. Test Speed of Laptop with SSD

It looks 3 or 4 times faster now.

Move Windows to SSD FAQs

1. What else will be transferred by using the System Clone feature?

When you use the “System Clone” to migrate Windows OS from HDD to SSD to escape from reinstalling, you move all the OS installation files as well as resided programs, downloads, user profile, system configurations, and personal data.

2. Can any laptop be upgraded to SSD?

You need to check the upgradability at first. You can consult your laptop manual for instructions on getting to that drive and finding the right replacement drive.

3. Why Cloned SSD won’t boot?

  • The cloned drive did not set to be the boot drive
  • The boot mode is wrong. You need to convert MBR to GPT if the motherboard is UEFI.
  • The source disk had bad sectors or other corruption issues and they are all brought to the new SSD.
  • Many more concerned reasons can be found in cloned SSD won’t boot.

Watch the video tutorial carefully and let me know how your Laptop Performed


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