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Most computers these days come with Hard disk drives (HDD), but you can enjoy better computer performance if you upgrade to a solid-state drive (SSD). But when you buy an SSD for your computer, you will have to copy over all your data (or clone the drive) to get your operating system and all your files on your new drive. Here’s how to clone a hard drive on a Windows 10 PC.

How to Clone a Hard Drive to SSD in Windows 10

Note: Before you take any of these steps, it is important to back up all of your important data. Issues may arise during the cloning process that could result in you losing all your data. You also need to make sure the SSD you are using has more capacity than the files you are cloning.

  1. Download the free version of EaseUS TodoYou will need to enter your email address in order to download the application.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the program on your computer.
  3. Insert the SSD into your computer. Make sure that it is properly connected. If you only have room in your computer for one drive, you might have to connect your SSD with a USB-to-SATA adapter or an external dock for the cloning process. Then you can insert your SSD when the process is complete.
  4. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen and type “Computer Management” in the search box. 
  5. Then click Open.
  6. In the Computer Management window, initialize the SSD when prompted. If you are not prompted to initialize your disk, you can right-click on your disk and select Initialize Disk.If you don’t know which disk is your source and which is your new SSD, you can tell by looking at their sizes.
  7. Select the same partition as your source drive. To find this, you can right-click on your source disk and click properties. Then select the Volumes tab, where you will find your partition style, which should either be GUID Partition Table (GPT) or Master Boot Record (MBR). Then choose the same partition style for your SSD.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Open the EaseUS Todo application. 
  10. Click the “Clone” icon in the left sidebar. If you do not see this, click the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of your window to expand the menu.
  11. Select your source hard disk and click Next. This is your original drive, the one that you are cloning your operating system and files from.  
  12. Then select the target disk or your SSD, but don’t click Next.
  13. Next, click “Advanced Options” and then select “Optimize for SSD.
  14. Click OK and then NEXT.
  15. Click “Proceed” when prompted by the software. 
  16. Wait until the cloning process is completed. This may take a while, depending on how large your hard drive is. 
  17. Click “Finish” when the cloning process is completed.