If you have a Windows computer and you want to improve its performance, one of the best decisions you can make is transfer files from your hard drive to an SSD (or external solid state drive). An SSD stands out for being much faster than a normal hard disk and they have the ability to read and write data up to 10 times faster than HDDs. The doubt is in how to carry out this process on computers using Windows 10.
In order not to lose any of your files and to avoid having to reinstall your operating system, the best option is to clone the hard drive and in this way everything you have on your computer will remain as it was in its new location.
Disk cloning software creates a replica of the computer’s operating system, drives, software, and makeshift connections. With that the technical procedure of manually reinstalling and reconfiguring an entire system is eliminated. It can be used to restart and restore a computer to a previous version; expand the capacity of hard drives or replace a damaged one; or to recover the system from software problems or computer failures, among other matters.
Before cloning your files to an SSD is recommended to make a backup before carrying out this process. This way you avoid that, if there is a problem in the process, you will not lose any of your files or programs. In addition, if you want to improve the performance of your computer you can also include another process and that is to reinstall Windows without losing anything.
Buy an SSD
The first thing is to get a solid state drive or SSD. Solid State Drives or SSD (Solid State Drive) are an alternative to hard drives. The big difference is that while hard drives use mechanical components that move, SSDs store files on microchips with interconnected flash memories.
Therefore, we could almost consider them as an evolution of USB sticks. Also have a lower consumption and usually come with greater storage capacity. They are even capable of improving the performance of very old equipment.
At the time of buying your SSD drive you have to take into account aspects such as the storage space you need (Think if you usually download a lot of content from the Internet or if, on the contrary, you always keep more or less with the same programs).
There are different programs that can be used to accomplish the task of cloning Windows to an SSD. Here you will discover some of the most convenient, popular and used:
The AOMEI Partition Assistant app
A great ally for this process will be the AOMEI Partition Assitance tool that you can download to your computer for free. It allows you to configure the cloning of the hard disk directly from Windows, restart the PC and carry out the copy of the data. This application is on the diskpart official website and as soon as you access it you will see a button that says Download Freeware in green and that takes you to a download page where you can download the program at no cost in its most basic version, enough to perform this task of cloning your Windows 10 files to an SSD.
Download the file, double click on the executable file that you have downloaded and start the installation process. When this program is installed, you must access and in the left column they will show you different options. You have to choose disk copy which is what can start the process to clone your hard disk from the computerr. A menu will appear with two options. For the task at hand, it helps if you choose the option “Quick copy of the disk” to leave it selected.
In the next step you have to choose the hard drive you want to copy, which is normally called C: when you are using Windows and click “next”. This button will only appear if you have enough space on your SSD. Choose the SSD you want to clone your Windows 10 files to. If you want to clone the disk as you have it in the main one, press “Copy without resizing partitions” and click the Next button to continue.
List of other free programs to clone your hard drive
In addition to Partition Assistant, there are different programs available that will help you clone your Windows 10 to an SSD disk. Here is a list of them:
Rescuezilla. Before it was called Redo Backup & Recovery and it was characterized as an offline backup application. In an operating system in itself, capable of helping you clone Windows and characterized by being very simple. You need to use a USB in the process.
EaseUS Todo backup. This is a program that can be paid, but the free version that can be downloaded from the official website is used to clone Windows. You have to download the software like any other, although in this case they will ask for your email during the process, to send you future notifications. The free version allows you to make a backup copy of the disk, a backup of the system, the files and clone the disk and the partition, which is the option that allows Windows to transfer your files to an SSD. You can clone an entire drive and also certain partitions.
- Enable Acronis True Image Cloning. The term “Acting cloning” refers to a disk cloning operation that does not require a computer to be restarted to complete the operation. So the main feature of this program is this, although they warn from the company that in some cases a restart can still be requested, the disk will be cloned offline and then the computer will restart again in Windows. It is paid but you can try it for free for several weeks and with that test you can do the cloning.