How to transfer Windows 10 to new hard drive without reinstalling Windows?

Updated on August 14, 2023 by Admin to Free Windows Cloning Software

Over time, it is unavoidable that there is not enough space in the Windows 10 system partition. This is because the installed programs, temporary files and caches generated by Windows 10 or other programs will consume more and more disk space. The end result is that the system is getting slower and slower, it will seriously affect your productivity. I'm sure many of us have encountered such a problem and many people have opted to buy a large disk and reinstall the entire operating system and applications. Yes, reinstalling Windows 10 is a choice, but it will take a lot of time and will affect your work. Another situation is that we may need to use a SSD to replace the traditional mechanical hard drive to get better performance.

Then the issue comes. How can we transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive without reinstalling? The answer is very simple, you need a free system clone software, which can help you to transfer the whole Windows operating system files and installed applications to a new hard drive, saving you lots of time and work. Here we recommend that you use free system clone software WinToHDD to transfer Windows 10 system from old hard drive to new hard drive.


Tutorial to transfer Windows 10 to new hard drive with WinToHDD.

Step 1. Download, install, and run WinToHDD, then click the System Clone Icon button.

Select System Clone icon

Step 2. Select the Windows 10 OS which you want to transfter in the drop-down list, you will see the detailed system information under it, click "Next" if you are sure.

System Clone icon

Step 3. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list, a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue, select the partition scheme you want to use and click "Yes" to format it. If you choose "Keep the existing partition scheme", you need to manually prepare the partitions on the disk before this step, and here is the user guide on how to manually prepare partitions for the destination disk.

Select partition scheme

Step 4. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

Select target partition icon

Step 5. Click "Next". After clicking "Next", WinToHDD begins cloning Windows to the destination disk. Please note that if the destination disk is currently in use, WinToHDD needs to create a WinPE image and reboot into WinPE to complete the cloning operation.

cloning windows to destination disk icon

Step 6. It takes some time to clone. After the clone is successful completed, restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your hard disk drive.


Follow these simple steps, you can transfer Windows 10 to a new hard disk or solid-state drive (SSD) with free system clone software WinToHDD easily.

If you need to backup Windows 10/11 operating system or clone the whole disk to another disk, we recommend you try our free Windows backup software - Hasleo Backup Suite.