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Upgrade your PC and improve performance by learning how to move your operating system (OS) to a new drive. This comprehensive guide covers the benefits of OS migration, preparing for the process, understanding different types of drives, potential challenges, a step-by-step guide, and common FAQs and troubleshooting.

With advancing technology, upgrading PCs is becoming common. Upgrading your PC can enhance your computing experience, but transferring the operating system (OS) to a new drive is crucial. Though it may seem daunting, we will guide you through the process of moving your OS to another drive in this article. In the upcoming chapter, we will discuss key factors like 4K alignment and the distinctions between MBR and GPT partitioning that should be considered before migrating.

Preparing for OS Migration

What you should kwnow before OS Migration?

Before you embark on the process of moving your operating system to a new drive, there are certain important factors that you should consider. These include 4K alignment and the differences between MBR and GPT partitioning. In this chapter, we will delve into these topics and provide you with all the information you need to ensure a smooth and successful OS migration.
4K Alignment
One of the key considerations before migrating your OS is ensuring that your destination drive is 4K aligned. This refers to the way data is stored on the drive, with 4K representing the size of each data block. If your drive is not 4K aligned, it can lead to slower performance and decreased lifespan of the drive. To check if your drive is 4K aligned, you can use the command prompt and type in “fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo C:” (replace C: with your drive letter). Look for the “Bytes Per Cluster” value – if it is 4,096, then your drive is 4K aligned.
check if your drive is 4K aligned
MBR vs. GPT Partitioning
Another important factor to consider is the partitioning type of your drives – MBR or GPT. MBR (Master Boot Record) is the older partitioning type and supports up to 2TB of storage space, while GPT (GUID Partition Table) is the newer standard and allows for larger storage space. It’s important to note that when migrating your OS, the partitioning type of your destination drive must be the same as your source drive. If you are planning to upgrade to a larger drive, it’s recommended to use GPT partitioning to avoid any limitations.
MBR and GPT Partitioning
It’s important to note that these factors can impact the success of your OS migration and it’s crucial to understand them before proceeding with the process. In the next chapter, we will cover the different types of drives and interfaces and how they can affect your migration.
Continue reading to learn about the different types of drives and interfaces and how they can impact your OS migration.

Understanding Different Types of Drives and Interfaces

Before migrating your operating system to a new drive, it’s important to understand the different types of drives and interfaces and how they can impact the process. There are three main types of drives – SATA, NVMe, and M.2. Let’s take a closer look at each one and how it affects OS migration.
SSD interfaces
SATA Drives
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drives are the most common type of storage devices used in computers. They are connected to the motherboard via a SATA cable and can be used for both HDDs (hard disk drives) and SSDs (solid-state drives). Their data transfer speeds are limited to around 600 MB/s, making them the slowest of the three types. However, they are still a reliable and cost-effective option for OS migration.
NVMe Drives
NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives are the fastest type of storage devices available. They connect directly to the PCI Express (PCIe) bus, which allows for much higher data transfer speeds compared to SATA drives. These drives can achieve speeds of up to 3,500 MB/s, making them ideal for demanding tasks such as gaming or video editing. However, they are also more expensive than SATA drives and may not be necessary for all users.
M.2 Drives
M.2 drives are a newer form of storage devices that are becoming increasingly popular. They come in two main types – SATA and NVMe. M.2 SATA drives have similar data transfer speeds to traditional SATA drives, but they are much smaller in size and do not require a SATA cable to connect to the motherboard. M.2 NVMe drives, on the other hand, offer the same high speeds as traditional NVMe drives but in a smaller and more compact form factor. However, not all motherboards support M.2 drives, so it’s important to check compatibility before purchasing.
Speed Compare
speed compare, hdd, sata, nvme
Understanding the different types of drives and interfaces is crucial in preparing for an OS migration. Depending on your needs and budget, you can choose the appropriate drive and interface that best fits your requirements.
To continue learning about the OS migration process, check out the next chapter where we will discuss how to migrate OS.

Understanding the Process

Step-by-step guide on how to move OS to another drive using Renee Becca

In our previous article, we discussed the importance of understanding different types of drives and their impact on OS transfer. Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of moving your OS to another drive using Renee Becca software.
Renee Becca is a tool specially used for system/hard disk data backup and restoration. It can help you back up and restore important data in your computer, such as programs, system configuration, emails, photos, videos, documents, bookmarks, etc. In addition, you can also use it to clone disk and system data. The software provides three cloning methods, including hard disk cloning/cloning system hard disk; partition cloning and system migration. You can choose the most suitable cloning method according to your different needs.
In addition, Renee Becca supports 4K align and Cloning from larger partition to smaller partition. These functions can better assist you in completing system and data migration.
Here is a guide on how to use Renee Becca for cloning your Windows system to an SSD.
Step 1: Download and Install Renee Becca software on your computer. Launch the program to get started.
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Step 2: Connect the destination drive, which will be the new drive that you want to transfer your OS to. Make sure it is properly recognized by your computer.
Different SSD interfaces, SATA, M.2, PCIe
Step 3: In the main interface of Renee Becca, click “System Redeploy” in the “Clone” option from the main interface.
select system redeploy function in renee becca
Step 4: Select the source drive, which is the drive that currently contains your OS. Then, select the destination drive where you want to transfer your OS.
Step 5: Click on “Redeploy” to start the cloning process. The software will begin copying the OS to your SSD.
select target disk and desination in system redeploy function in renee becca
Step 6: Once the cloning process is complete, you will receive a notification and you can safely remove the destination drive. Your OS has now been successfully transferred to the new drive using Renee Becca.
Cloning your current operating system to the new SSD using Renee Becca software is a simple and quick process. It eliminates the need for a clean installation of Windows and ensures all your data is transferred seamlessly. However, it is important to be cautious and follow the steps carefully to avoid any potential errors or data loss.
  • Allows safe migration of operating system without fresh installation.
  • Simple steps for a smooth and hassle-free transfer.
  • Improves performance and faster boot times with new SSD.


  • Doesn't have a Mac version.Paid subscription required for full access to all features.
  • Paid subscription required for full access to all features.

Next, you may also be interested in learning about how to boot Windows from a cloned SSD. Check out our upcoming chapter for a step-by-step guide on this process.

How to boot Windows from a cloned SSD

In our previous chapter, we discussed how to use Renee Becca software to successfully transfer your OS to another drive. Now, let’s look at the next crucial step in the process – booting Windows from the cloned SSD.
Step 1: After the cloning process is complete, you will need to change the boot order on your computer to set the SSD as the primary boot drive.
Step 2: To do this, you will need to enter the BIOS settings on your computer. The method to enter BIOS may differ depending on your computer or laptop brand. Please refer to your manual for specific instructions.
Here is a list of BIOS shortcut keys for different brands. Alternatively, you can observe the BIOS shortcut keys displayed on the screen during booting.
BIOS NameMethodThe Key or Keys
AcerPress Del or F2 immediately after powering onDel, F2
CompaqPress F10 while the cursor in the top right corner of the screen is blinkingF10
DellPress F2 when the Dell logo appears, or press every few seconds until the message Entering Setup appearsF2
eMachinesPress Tab or Del while the eMachine logo displays on the screenTab, Del
FujitsuPress F2 once the Fujitsu logo appearsF2
GatewayPress the F1 key repeatedly after restarting the computerF1
HPPress the F1, F10, or F11 key after restarting the computerF1, F10, F11
IBMPress F1 immediately after powering on the computerF1
LenovoPress F1 or F2 after powering on the computerF1, F2
NecPress F2 to enter the BIOS SetupF2
Packard BellPress F1, F2, or Del to enter BIOSF1, F2, Del
SamsungPress F2 to start the BIOS setup utilityF2
SharpPress F2 after the computer startsF2
SonyPress F1, F2, or F3 after turning on the computerF1, F2, F3
ToshibaPress F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOSF1, Esc
ARLTPress Del or F11 when the respective message is shownDel, F11
Step 3: Once you have entered the BIOS, navigate to the Boot menu.
Step 4: If your computer uses Legacy BIOS, change the boot order to set the SSD as the first boot device. If the BIOS mode is UEFI, select the SSD as the boot drive.
change the boot order
Step 5: Save the changes and exit the BIOS screen.
By setting the new SSD as the boot drive, you ensure that your computer will boot from the cloned SSD, resulting in faster speed and improved performance.
To better understand the process of booting Windows from a cloned SSD, we recommend checking out the next chapter where we will discuss verifying a successful OS migration.

Verifying a successful OS migration

Once you’ve completed the OS migration using a reliable system migration tool like Renee Becca, it’s imperative to ensure that the process was successful and that your new drive is functioning properly. We’ll utilize CrystalDiskMark to benchmark the performance and CrystalDiskInfo to check the health status of the drive.
Run CrystalDiskInfo to inspect the health of your SSD
Examine the critical attributes such as temperature, power-on count, and total writes, and ensure there are no cautionary flags. A “Good” or “Healthy” status should be displayed, which means the drive is in a stable condition post-migration.
Keep a routine check on your drive’s health with CrystalDiskInfo post-migration. Regular monitoring can catch early signs of failure and can save important data before any potential loss.
use CrystalDiskInfo to check SSD health
Open CrystalDiskMark to perform a speed test of your new drive
Choose your drive from the menu and begin the test by selecting the “All” button or specific tests for targeted results. Refrain from using the computer during the test for the most accurate readings.
Analyze the results from CrystalDiskMark. Sequential read and write speeds should match the specifications provided by your SSD or HDD manufacturer. Discrepancies in expected performance could indicate issues arising from the migration process or with the drive itself.
In this chapter leveraging CrystalDiskMark and CrystalDiskInfo provide a robust method for confirming the success of an OS migration. The tools serve as a litmus test for your system’s post-migration health and performance, ensuring that your upgraded PC meets your expectations and operates seamlessly.

FAQs and Troubleshooting

Frequently asked questions about moving OS to another drive

As you prepare to upgrade your PC and move your operating system to a new drive, you may have some questions about the process. In this chapter, we will address some of the most frequently asked questions about moving OS to another drive.
Can I Move Windows 10 to a Smaller SSD?
Yes, you can absolutely move Windows 10 to a smaller SSD. However, this may require some additional steps and considerations. If you are using a cloning tool, such as Renee Becca, to transfer your OS to the new drive, make sure that the SSD has enough space to accommodate the operating system.
How to Transfer Windows 11 to a New Drive?
The process for transferring Windows 11 to a new drive is similar to that of Windows 10. You can use a cloning tool or create a system image to move the operating system. Just be aware that Windows 11 may have different system requirements and may not be compatible with certain drives. It is always best to check with the manufacturer or refer to the Windows compatibility list before proceeding with the transfer.
Can I Move Windows 10 from Drive C: to Drive D:?
Yes, it is possible to move Windows 10 from one drive to another within your PC. However, this is not recommended unless you have a specific reason for doing so. It is generally better to keep your operating system on the drive it was originally installed on, as it may cause compatibility issues or may not work properly if moved to a different drive.
To learn more about the various aspects of transferring an OS to a new drive, please refer to the upcoming chapters on “FAQs and Troubleshooting – Common Issues and Solutions During OS Migration.”

Common issues and solutions during OS migration

One common issue that users may encounter after transferring their Windows OS to a new SSD is unallocated space. This can occur if the new SSD is smaller in size than the original hard drive.
Transferring Windows Between MBR and GPT Disks
Another potential issue that may arise during OS migration is compatibility with different disk partitioning schemes, specifically between MBR and GPT disks. MBR (Master Boot Record) is an older partitioning scheme that is commonly used on traditional hard drives, while GPT (GUID Partition Table) is a newer scheme designed for modern hardware, such as SSDs.
Transferring Windows Between MBR and GPT Disks
If you are transferring your OS between disks with different partitioning schemes, you may encounter errors or compatibility issues. To avoid this, make sure that your new drive has the same partitioning scheme as the original drive before transferring the OS.
Migrating Only the OS to a New SSD
In some cases, you may only want to transfer your operating system to a new SSD, while keeping your personal files and data on the old drive. This can be useful if you are upgrading to a larger SSD or want to keep your important files separate from the system files.
To do this, you can use a cloning tool that allows for selective partition cloning, such as Renee Becca. This will allow you to choose which partitions to transfer to the new drive, so you can leave out any personal data or files that you want to keep on the old drive.
select system redeploy function in renee becca


In conclusion, OS migration is a beneficial process that improves your PC’s performance by transferring your operating system to a new drive. Before proceeding, it is essential to understand the requirements, such as 4K alignment and different drive types and interfaces. Tools like Renee Becca simplify the process with step-by-step instructions for cloning your system onto a new drive. Remember to verify the success of the migration and troubleshoot any potential issues. Upgrade your PC confidently with this comprehensive guide and enjoy a faster and more efficient system. Give OS migration a try and take your PC to the next level.