2 Ways to Transfer Files from HDD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7

Way 1: Manually transfer files from HDD to SSD with Windows built-in feature

When we mention transferring files from HDD to SSD, the first thing comes to your mind is the Windows built-in feature: copy-and-paste operation. Yes, for the common people, it is an easy but annoying way in transferring a great number of files, including text files, video files, images files and so on. Just as you make a duplication of one file, right-click the file and choose Copy option or Cut option. Then go to your SSD partition and right-click a blank place to choose the Paste option. In this way, you can transfer the file to SSD.

Alternatively, for a series of programs and files in the same directory or partition, you can do that with Ctrl + A, Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V key combinations. But this Windows built-in feature can only apply to a small amount of files. When there are a large amount of the files or the files are in different directories in one partition, what can you do? If the Ctrl + A and Ctrl + C don’t work, what can you do? And can those copied system files or program files work normally? Well, you need another way for the mass data transfer.


Why Does SSD Become Full Easily

Generally speaking, some of you may purchase an SSD with small capacity due to price factore.. The SSD is easy to be full because of incorrect OS installation and improper partition management, which will also bring trouble to computer performance.

Usually, when you get a new SSD, you might adopt one of the following three methods to install OS on it to enjoy its fast speed: disk clone, OS migration, and clean install of OS. Doing one of these will bring you a full SSD easily. However, there are still some subtle differences between them.

Disk Clone: It is used when you want to replace the old hard drive with another hard disk. Disk clone will clone all data on the old hard drive, including the operating system, to the new hard disk, thus you can boot from the new disk and format the old disk for other uses such as sell, storing other data, etc.

However, when you clone the old hard drive to your new SSD with small capacity, the SSD will become full easily because the other data like programs and documents are all cloned to SSD. However, you can adopt this method if you have few personal files.

As for how to clone a disk, you can refer to for the specific disk clone steps. But pay attention that you must set in the firmware to boot from the new disk.

OS Migration (recommended): It is used when you want to boot computer from another disk and retain the old hard drive to store data. It can just migrate system required partitions to the new disk. Other data partitions will be left in old hard disk.

If you adopt this method, you don’t need to move files from SSD to HDD except that your partition C is a mess and is filled up with various program files. Click migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling OS for specific steps.

Clean Install of OS: If you adopt this method, it means that you give up your previous OS and all files in partition C. That means you should download all applications and files. This may be a waste of time, but it can assure that your partition C is relatively clean and tidy. You can click how to install Windows 10 for specific steps.

Comparing the above three OS installation methods, it seems that OS migration is a relatively proper OS installation method because it neither stuffs SSD easily nor needs to install apps again.

Last but not least, the SSD is easy to be full if you manage SSD badly. For example, you save all files (including programs, documents, videos, etc.) on partition C or you assign too small space for partition C.

Additionally, an SSD of small capacity is best not divided into more than 2 partitions and the space size of partition C should be more than 100 GB or even up to 200 GB so that stable computer performance can be guaranteed.

If your SSD is full, you have to move files from SSD to HDD through the above methods to free up space.

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Things are trickier if you have a laptop

If you’re replacing your laptop’s drive with a new SSD, this entire process becomes a bit more difficult, since you probably only have room for one drive (unless your laptop comes with a spare slot for an M.2 SSD). To clone your primary drive to your new SSD, you can pick up a USB-to-SATA adapter, an external dock, or one of these fancy gadgets.


The cloning process could take anywhere from a reasonable to a large amount of time depending on your USB connection and the size of your laptop’s drive. However, the wait is worth it: Replacing an older mechanical hard drive with a brand-new SSD is one of the best performance upgrades you can give your laptop.


How to transfer files from SSD to HDD in Windows 11/10/8/7

To answer this question and succesfully move files from SSD to HDD, you could take following 2 ways. Method 1 is the most direct one, but it comes with limitations on what to transfer and the data security. If you want to transfer a large amount of files safely, or arrange the data migration on regular basis, you could try Method 2.

Method 1: Move files from SSD to HDD with “Copy and Paste” 

Just like transferring files from C drive to D drive, users may first think about the built-in tool to transfer data from SSD to HDD in Windows 11/10/8/7. Yes, it is a normal wanting feature that Windows has already offered. 

Pitch on what you would like to transfer, right click them and select Copy from the given options. Then, find a location to store those files, right click a blank space and select Paste. That method can also be realized separately with Ctrl + C and Ctrl +V key combinations.

Nevertheless, Copy and Paste is designed for small amount of files, and it is easier if all the files are located in the same directory. For instance, you can easily move the files in My Documents, Videos, Music and Pictures. 

If you want to transfer a larger amount of files located in different directories, it will take you a lot of time. Also, you may need to reolve the permission issue during the data migration process.

Step two: Setting up the clone

To get started, just click on the “Clone this disk” link underneath your primary hard drive, which should be selected by default. On the screen that appears, click on the “Select a disk to clone to” link in the big box of empty white space and pick your new SSD. Your screen should then look something like this:

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You might have as many partitions as my example; you might have fewer. Regardless, you’re going to want to get them situated on your new SSD. You might just be able to click “copy selected partitions” and have everything map out perfectly on your new SSD. You might also get hit with a:

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Sigh. In my example, I could fit the first four partitions onto my new SSD, but the fourth partition—my primary data partition—appeared as if it was eating up the rest of my SSD’s space, even though the SSD had plenty of room for every partition from my primary drive. To fix this, click on “Undo” and manually drag your partitions from your old hard drive onto your new SSD, saving the largest partition for last:

Screenshot: David Murphy


Once you’ve done that, click “Next.”

Way 2: Quickly transfer data from hard drive to SSD with CloneGo

To transfer mass data files (programs, videos, images, documents, music etc.) from hard drive (SSD or HDD) partition to SSD, CloneGo offers you the secure, easy and fast way without data loss. You can use this Windows cloning software for free now!


  • 1. If your SSD has only one partition, add another volume for the data transfer. In the following, H:\ and I:\ are the volumes in a new Toshiba SSD.
  • 2. You must make a backup of your SSD destination partition data.
  • 3. It is better to manage the files in one partition on your computer because this software applies partition-to-partition data copy.
  • 4. You should make sure that the files are not in use while you begin the copy process.

Option 1: Use the Copy feature to Clone the data

Step-1: Install and open CloneGo. Click Copy, and go to the middle part to add the partition where stores your target data as the source partition. Then, choose the target partition of your SSD where you want to transfer files data to.

Step-2: Click Start and it will tell you that this

Step-2: Click Start and it will tell you that this operation will format the target disk. Click Yes to start the copy process.

When your data are copied successfully into the SS

When your data are copied successfully into the SSD, you will get a message. Go to the SSD and check those data. If you make sure everything works well of those files and programs, you can go to delete/format the source partition in computer to release more space to make the computer run faster.

Option 2: Use the Backup feature to transfer the data

Step-1: Launch CloneGo and hit Backup.

Step-2:In the first part of the main interface, ro

Step-2:In the first part of the main interface, roll down to select a volume to back up. The chosen volume should be the partition that keeps all your data—documents, videos, and pictures and so on.

Step-3:Click Choose to add a path to save the back

Step-3:Click Choose to add a path to save the backup icg file. It can be stored on any volume with enough space except the source volume on your computer.

Step-4:Click Start and confirm your backup operati

Step-4:Click Start and confirm your backup operation by hitting Yes.

Step-5:After you succeed in backing up the data as

Step-5:After you succeed in backing up the data as a big file in computer, it is impossible for you to directly open and reach the data. Instead, you should use the restore feature to restore the backup data. You can click Restore and select the SSD volume as the restoration destination for data storage.

Step-6:Click Choose and add the backup file you cr

Step-6:Click Choose and add the backup file you created during the backup process.

Step-7:Click Start and make sure about the format

Step-7:Click Start and make sure about the format operation. Click Yes to run the restore process.

At last, all your data can be restored in the SSD

At last, all your data can be restored in the SSD partition where all the data keeps as the same as in source partition. Of course, you can open and check all the data whether they can work normally.

Tips: You can also use this way to transfer programs and files to a new computer with the help of SSD or the USB mass storage devices. You just need to change the backup path into the destination in your SSD or USB mass storage devices, and then restore it in your new computer partition.

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