You can do this by following these steps
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Step 1: Make your SSD Ready – Before you start, make sure that your SSD can accommodate your Windows data. For this, you can just use an SSD to USB connecting cable and plug it to your computer. Once the drive is connected, go to its Properties to check its available space. You can go to its General tab and use the Disk Cleanup feature to make more space in it. Alternatively, you can format the connected SSD as well.
Step 2: Take a Backup of your Data – If the process of transferring your OS to a new SSD goes wrong, then you can end up losing your important files in the process. Therefore, I would recommend taking a backup of your important data in advance. You can just upload your data to the cloud or use any other external hard drive to transfer your files. Furthermore, you can also go to Windows Settings > Backup to maintain a File History of your data.
Step 3: Create a System Image of your Windows PC – Now when you have met all the prerequisites, you can easily learn how to transfer OS from HDD to SSD. For this, we will first create a system image of our Windows PC by visiting Control Panel > Backup & Restore and selecting the “Create a System Image” option from the sidebar.
Step 4: Install Windows on your SSD – Once a system image is created, you need to install a fresh copy of Windows on your connected SSD. Don’t skip this process as it is important for learning how to migrate OS to SSD. For this, you can just launch the Windows Media Creation Tool on your PC and choose to create an installation media on another PC.
Step 5: Perform the System Image Recovery – Afterward, you can replace your HDD with SSD and restart your computer. When your system boots, you can press the designated key to enter its advanced startup instead of the standard boot. From here, you can choose to boot your system from the connected drive. If everything goes well, then you will get a Windows setup display on your system. Now, you can just select the language and enter preliminary details to install the firmware. When the setup is ready, you will be notified so that you can install the OS. Instead, you can choose to Repair your computer from here to enter its advanced settings. As you will get dedicated repairing options, browse to Troubleshooting > Advanced Options and click on the “System Image Recovery” feature. This will again launch a dedicated wizard, letting you select the image file that you wish to recover. You can now go through a simple click-through process