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HDD to SSD replacement for an ultra-comfortable computer! Easy System Clone Migration

HDD to SSD replacement makes your computer super comfortable! Easy OS migration with System Clone

I recently replaced the hard drive in my computer with an SSD.

My computer is now running faster and much more comfortably!

If you have an old computer that is slow to start up, or if you are suffering from the 100% disk usage problem...
You don't have to buy a new computer, just an SSD migration could be the answer!

Therefore, this article will summarize the effects, methods, and precautions of HDD to SSD migration.

In particular, thePeople who use one hard drive partitioned into C drive and others.Please refer to the following for more information~.


Longstanding disk usage 1001 TP2T problem solved with SSD migration!


The computer that Toha is currently using was purchased in 2013. Older.

However, I have added more memory, changed the grabbing board, replaced the power supply unit, etc., so I am still able to use it without any problems. It takes a while to boot up, but it's OK if you turn it on early.

The only problem that plagued me was."The phenomenon of disk usage suddenly becoming 100% and the computer becoming heavy."It was.


If you search for "disk usage 100" on the Internet, you will find various articles on causes and countermeasures.

However, no matter what I tried, the symptoms did not improve at all. The cause of the problem is unknown.

What we know is.The hard drive is experiencing abnormally high availability and processing is slow."That's all I'm saying.

Then it occurred to me.

SSDs rumored to make computers blazing fast...

If I replace the heavy processing hard disk with an SSD, perhaps this problem can be fixed?



As it turns out, the disk usage 100% problem was completely eliminated with the SSD migration!

SSDs are amazing!

In addition, computer startup is really a blast.

In the past, I used to turn on the computer and leave it on an hour before starting work, because the disk usage could reach 100% for a while after the computer started up.

After replacing the SSD, I measured the time it took for the desktop to appear after the computer started up...

what50 sec.I'm not sure what to do with it. Haya!


The C drive where Windows is installed, changing this from HDD to SSD has a tremendous effect. I really don't get frustrated anymore because of the heavy processing of my computer.


Glad to hear it♪

I would encourage anyone who is having trouble with a slow computer to consider an SSD migration.

However, there are a few caveats to SSD migration, so we will summarize them next.

Please refer to it if you like...


HDD...Hard disk drive. One of the very major storage media.

SSD: Solid state drive; read/write speeds are faster and less prone to failure than HDDs.


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Things to check before replacing HDD with SSD


The computer used by TOHA is a desktop, not a laptop.

When adding an SSD to a desktop computer, check the following

  1. Consider the capacity of the SSD to be purchased and cloning software
  2. Can the SSD be connected to the motherboard with a SATA3 cable?
  3. Can power be supplied to the SSD from the power supply unit?

We will look at them in order~.


*If you are interested in migrating your laptop to SSD, this article may be helpful.


(1) Consideration of SSD capacity and cloning software to be purchased


First, you will need to purchase an SSD.

The SSDs to be purchased are.SSD with the same or higher capacity than the HDD in useIt is safest to

If the HDD in use is 500 GB, it means that the SSD should also be 500 GB.


But high-capacity SSDs are expensive.SSDs with ample capacity, rather than actual HDD usageYou may also choose to

If the HDD in use is 100GB, it's like choosing a 250GB or so SSD.


Here is an explanation of the case of TOHA.

There was one 2TB HDD in Tohja's computer, which was partitioned into a C drive and another drive with 1TB each.

Each drive had about 450 GB in use each. The diagram looks like this.

I had a 2TB HDD divided into two partitions of 1TB each.


Since the C drive was used for installing Windows and other applications and the other drive was completely used for storing work data, the only drive we want to migrate to SSD is the C drive.

Just migrate 450GB of the C drive to a 1TB SSD.


So I thought, "If I have 1TB, I can afford it..." So I bought this 1TB SSD.


In this case, a 1TB SSD is

  • Plenty of space to spare considering the 450 GB used by the C drive.however
  • Considering the overall HDD usage of 900 GB, just barely enough capacity.Here it is.

This later caused a bit of a messy problem.


As discussed below, the migration from HDD to SSD isCloningand copy the data in its entirety.

Cloning is done using dedicated software, some of which can only clone entire disks, while others can clone selected partitioned drives.

Even if the SSD you purchased has ample capacity relative to the C drive.If you are on the edge of capacity for the entire HDD, consider using cloning software that can clone a drive at a time.


Many software programs that can clone individual drives are available for a fee.

Can only be used for HDDs or SSDs manufactured by Crucial.Acronis True Image for CrucialThere is a free cloning software calledThis is not a drive-by-drive clone.

Toha purchased a Crucial SSD because of the free cloning software, but it did not work for the reasons mentioned above, so we eventually used the paid cloning software.

Free software that can clone an entire drive includesAOMEI Backupper StandardIt seems to be a good idea.

Toha actually used a paid softwareEase US Todo Backup HomeHere it is.


So, to summarize the above

The capacity of SSD to be prepared when replacing HDD to SSD is...

When HDD is not partitioned
  • Choose an SSD with ample capacity over HDD usage.
  • Most cloning software, both paid and free, can be used.
When dividing a HDD into multiple partitions
  • Select an SSD with more ample capacity than the entire HDD usage.
  • In this case, most cloning software, both paid and free, can be used.
  • Choose an SSD with ample capacity rather than C drive usage.
  • In this case, use cloning software that can clone by drive.


When purchasing an SSD, please consider whether or not the HDD is partitioned, the total HDD capacity used, and which cloning software will be used to migrate data.

If you choose an SSD that satisfies the requirements sufficiently, the migration from HDD to SSD will be completed smoothly.


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(2) Can you connect the SSD to the motherboard with a SATA3 cable?

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When placing an SSD inside a desktop computer enclosure, theThe SSD must be connected to the motherboard.

The SSD is connected to the motherboard with a SATA cable, but it cannot be connected unless there is a place on the motherboard where the SATA cable can be plugged in.

Open the desktop computer casing and check inside.

The cable extending from the hard disk in use should be plugged into the place marked [SATA] on the motherboard. If there are other available [SATA] locations around it, you can connect an SSD there.


If there is no available [SATA] space, I would have to completely replace the HDD I am using now with an SSD, or add an external SSD.

For external SSDs, prepare a SATA⇔USB conversion adapter or an SSD case for external use.


There is usually an open [SATA] on the motherboard, but check to be sure.

If you are placing an SSD in a computer, incidentally, you should also check the location where the SSD will be installed.

Using an item called a bracket, a small 2.5-inch SSD can be installed inside a computer in the same way as a 3.5-inch hard disk.


Once you have decided where to install the SSD, also prepare a SATA3 cable long enough to reach the motherboard.


There are two types of SATA3 cables: one with a straight connector and the other with an L-shaped connector. You can choose whichever type seems easier to handle the cable.


(iii) Can power be supplied to the SSD from the power supply unit?

Power supply...

When SSDs are installed inside a computer chassis, theThe SSD itself must be powered.

If you check the HDD in use in the computer, there should be a cable that connects to the power supply unit in addition to the SATA cable that connects to the motherboard.

Basically, SSDs can be connected to the power supply unit in the same way as HDDs.


If there is room on the power supply unit side, power can be supplied directly to the SSD with a compatible power cable.

If there is no room on the power supply unit side, a branching cable can be used to branch the SATA power supply that is plugged into the HDD to supply power to both the HDD and SSD.


The type of power cable connected to the HDD in use is like this ↓.

If it is the type that has a lot of SATA connectors from the beginning, you can just plug the available connectors into the SSD.


Check the power supply unit and cables to see if they can supply power to the additional SSDs.

Incidentally, external SSDs do not require a power cable because power is supplied from USB.


*For more information about SATA cables and SATA power supplies, please click here.


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Migration to SSD is easy with cloning software.


Once the SSD and SATA cable are ready, it is time to migrate the C drive from HDD to SSD.

The actual steps to be taken in SSD migration are as follows

  1. Install SSD and connect to motherboard & power supply
  2. Clone from HDD to SSD with cloning software
  3. Change Windows boot device from HDD to SSD

I'll try to explain in order~.


When migrating from HDD to SSD, it is safe to create a Windows startup disk and back up your computer in case of emergency.

If something should go wrong and Windows stops booting, the boot disk and backups will allow you to return to the state you were in before the work was done.


(1) SSD installed and connected to motherboard & power supply


First, the SSD is physically connected to the computer.

Things to check before replacing HDD with SSDSo, you have a place to install the SSD and everything you need to connect it. You turn off the computer, open the inside, and do it quickly.

Be careful of static electricity when touching the inside of your computer~.


(2) Clone from HDD to SSD with cloning software


Once the SSD is connected to the computer, start the computer.

You can check if the SSD is connected properly from the Windows "Device Manager". Check [Device Manager] → [Disk Drives] and if you see the name of the SSD you installed, it is OK.


*For more information on how to do this, please see this article.Check SSD recognition in Device Managerfor more information.


So, as mentioned in the reference article above, when you look up SSD migration methods on the Internet, you will find descriptions that say "Let's format the SSD," "Let's match the partition format of the HDD and SSD "Let's match HDD and SSD partition formats.

I didn't know what to do, so I skipped this part of the procedure and started cloning...

Something about that made it work.

If you want to format the SSD properly and then clone it, you can use theThis articleIf you want to try to imitate Toha, please start the cloning software quickly.


One note here!

Consider the capacity of the SSD to be purchased and cloning softwareAs I wrote in the section on the firstAcronis True Image for CrucialI tried and failed to clone with a free cloning software called

Acronis True Image for Crucial does not allow you to clone only the C drive from a partitioned HDD.

As a result, theAttempted to migrate 900 GB HDD capacity to 1 TB SSD, error occurred due to insufficient SSD capacity.

At one point, you can select folders that will not be migrated to SSD to reduce the capacity, but it takes a tremendous amount of time to recalculate the capacity to run each time you select a folder, so it feels like it will not be done in a day.

If this happens, it is better to use cloning software that can clone the C drive by itself in a straightforward manner.


So, Toha is a paid softwareEase US Todo Backup Hometo use.

The free version of this software used to be well known for its cloning capability, but cloning is now a feature of the paid version only. The monthly fee is 1,958 yen, and the buy-in fee is 7,898 yen.

In fact, Toha wasI've been using Ease US for my computer backups for a long time.I bought a buy-one-get-one license because I have been taking care of them and they just had a 50% off sale. I think they do sales often.


This Ease US Backup has a cloning function that allows you to cloneSystem clone."There is also a function called

EaseUS Backup System Clone


Clicking on System Clone will clone only the C drive required for system migration without any difficulties. You only need to select the SSD to clone to.

Toha did this!


I think I also did open "Advanced Options" and choose "☑Optimize for SSD".

EaseUS Backup Advanced Options -> Optimized for SSD


Once the system clone is performed, simply wait until it is finished.

It took about two hours.

I like Ease US because it counts every second, even during long processes, which gives me peace of mind that it is working properly. (I get worried if the progress bar or clock icon is the only indication that it is working properly.)

Once the C drive has been cloned to the SSD, turn off the computer.


3) Change Windows boot device from HDD to SSD

Backup of the entire computer

If the cloning is successful, the entire contents of the HDD's C drive are copied to the SSD.

Finally, in the BIOS settings, the boot device must be changed from HDD to SSD!

If you start the computer as is, it will boot the Windows on the HDD, so you need to properly set it to boot the Windows on the cloned one on the SSD.


The boot device used to boot Windows can be set from the BIOS screen, but the way the screen is displayed and the appearance of this BIOS is completely different depending on the computer you are using.

So, there's little point in explaining it on the BIOS screen of Toha's computer, so you'll just have to find out how to set up your own computer's BIOS somehow~!

However, you will probably find the word [BIOS] and keys like [F2], [Delete], and [ESC] written somewhere in the list of letters when you start up your computer, so if you find them, press the keys written on them.

That will boot the BIOS.

When the BIOS screen appears, there is a place to set [BOOT] somewhere, so set the SSD there.

Sample BIOS screen

After saving the BIOS settings, try booting Windows.

Ah! If it boots up in a flash, it is a sign that the SSD migration is complete~!


If you bring up the task manager on the booted computer and check the performance of the SSD while launching some application, you should see an increase in the amount of SSD usage.

If that is the case, it is perfect.

Now you have a blazingly fast and comfortable computer!~ (after a number N)!


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To be checked after replacing HDD with SSD

in feverish haste

After replacing HDDs with SSDs to make your computer more comfortable, there are some things you should remember to check.

Make sure the computer backups you're setting up are still working properly after the SSD migration!


In Toha's case, when I run a backup of the C drive, which I do regularly after SSD migration.I had backed up the old C drive that I left on the HDD.

Other.All sync settings for folders that were set to be backed up by Google Drive were also reset.

The backup settings will work properly if you create a new one with the same contents.

I'm wondering if the SSD is the effect of the new C drive, which has more drives and automatically changes the names of the drives, but you should just check anyway.


I set up my computer backup once and then leave it alone.If you continue to make incorrect backups without realizing it, you will be in serious trouble in the event of an emergency.

After a while, Toha realized.


I'm glad you noticed!



In summary: HDD to SSD migration works like a charm!


So, in this article, we will discuss

  • Replacing HDD with SSD should make computer operation more comfortable.
  • Things to check before migrating to SSD
  • How to do SSD migration with cloning
  • To be checked after SSD migration

The following is a summary of the following information.


I had heard that replacing HDDs with SSDs would speed up my computer.

Actually replace it.How can it be this fast?I was so surprised and moved that I wrote this article to share this excitement with others.

The computer in Toka is a little old, but after installing an SSD, it runs much more comfortably, so I think I can still use it for the time being.

If you have a computer that is slow and can become frustrating while working, consider moving to SSD.


SSD ranks in the top 3 best things to buy in TOKA ^^^.

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