How to Move OS to Another Drive without Reinstalling and Data Loss

Maria updated on Jun 21, 2022 to Disk Clone

Why Transfer the Operating System to A New Drive

After many years of use, the available storage space of the hard disk may decrease and cause low disk space problems. Moving the OS to a large disk and using the old disk as a secondary device is not a bad option.

The system hard drive will fail due to overload, service time limit, virus, or other unknown reasons. Moving the operating system from the old hard drive to the new one can help you avoid reinstalling the operating system and personal applications.

Another great reason to migrate a Windows operating system is to save the time and effort of reinstalling and reconfiguring the systems and applications required for a clean install. To transfer your operating system to a new drive with the help of operating system migration software, you can keep your system files and personal data intact.

Whatever your reason, the following article will explain how to migrate your OS to a new SSD or HDD.

Disk Cloning Software for Moving Windows OS

Donemax DMclone can easily clone one partition or disk to another and keep the data on the source and destination drives the same. Additionally, the software offers sector-level cloning to ensure complete cloning of all sectors on the drive. It helps you clone the OS to another hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista and solve the cloning problem.

It provides two cloning methods, Disk cloning, and Partition cloning to meet different needs.
A partition clone is capable of cloning a source partition to an existing section or unallocated space. Then you will have the same partition on the destination disk with the same data.

To migrate the operating system, use the disk cloning function, which uses the "smart clone" function by default to help you and ensure that the disk layout is consistent with the source disk. If you want to copy every sector of the selected system drive (usually the C: drive) to the destination, you can specify a sector-by-sector clone.

How to Move the Operating System to Another Drive in Windows 11/10/8

1. Preparation: Connect a new hard disk for cloning

Before moving the operating system to the new drive or SSD, you need to install or connect the target hard drive to your computer and make sure it is detected.

If the computer is a desktop computer, you can use the extra slot to install it inside.
However, if your computer is a laptop, you will need a USB cable, adapter, or case to connect the target drive for cloning.
In most cases, hard drives use SATA slots, but it's safe to check before buying a new hard drive because there are other disk interfaces, such as M.2, PCIe, IDE, SCSI, etc.

2. Transfer Operating System to Another Hard Drive in Windows 10, 11 

Step 1: Step 1. Start Donemax DMclone, and select the source disk and destination disk. System migration selects the system disk as the source and the newly inserted hard disk as the destination; if you want to clone the disk at the sector level, please enable the option of sector-by-sector clone.

Disk cloning software

Step 2: After selecting the source disk and destination disk, please click the "Next" button to continue. Then you can check and edit the layout of the target disk. If you are cloning the disk to an SSD, check the option If the target is an SSD, check this option.

select target disk

Step 3: Please click the Clone button to start cloning. Wait for the clone to complete.

Start disk cloninge

After that, you can start the system from the target disk.

How to boot the system from a new hard drive:

Step 1. Completely shut down your computer.
Step 2. Install the new hard drive using a screwdriver to replace the original drive.
Step 3. Then, replace the computer's cover and connect the power cord.
Step 4. Boot your computer and press a specific key to enter the BIOS. You will see it on the initial screen.
Step 5. Go to the Boot tab and change the boot order of the new hard drive. After that, save the changes and reboot to see if it boots from the new drive.

Change boot settings

In Conclusion

That's all there is to transferring the operating system to another hard drive. Donemax DMclone is a professional cloning tool that makes partition cloning and disk cloning easier for ordinary users. It still provides users with many useful features such as SSD alignment, sector-by-sector cloning, etc. It ensures that you can successfully boot your computer from the cloned hard drive. In addition, if you want to clone the disk data, you can directly select the partition clone to migrate the data, which is convenient, fast, and efficient.