Have you been wondering if you can migrate your Windows 8.1 operating system from a regular hard drive to a SSD? Well the answer is yes, you can switch very easily to a SSD drive but you have to keep some things in mind like if your SSD drive has enough space on it to support your Windows 8.1 operating system and the whole programs you have stacked in the Program Files of your Windows 8.1 system.
You can easily check how much space your Windows 8.1 system takes by right clicking the partition where you have the Windows 8.1 and selecting properties. After that you will know the space you need to have on your SSD drive in order to properly migrate your Windows 8.1 over and the programs you have installed in the system. You can follow the tutorial below for a quick understanding on how to migrate your Windows 8.1 to SSD.
Tutorial for migrating Windows 8.1 to SSD
Well the SSD has a lot more of advantages then the regular hard drive, the most important advantage is the speed of which it operates. The only disadvantage so far is the price seeing that these SSD’s cost a bit more than the regular drives.
The hardware and software necessary to do this is listed below:
- First you will need a USB to SATA adapter.
- Second thing you will need is a software capable of cloning your operating system. You can download this software by accessing the link below (this software supports Windows 8.1).
Click here to download EaseUS
The steps to do in order to migrate to SSD:
- First backup your whole Windows 8.1 system or the programs you have installed on it by copying them to an external hard drive. If any system error occurs during the migration it would be very good to have a copy of the original Windows 8.1 somewhere.
Note: For a system backup you can use either “Ghost” program or “Acronis” . Both programs work fine for Windows 8.1.
- Connect the SSD drive via the USB to SATA adapter to your laptop or to the PC.
Note: If you have a Windows 8.1 laptop you have to plug it in the power socket to prevent any power downs during the migration.
- Now if you have installed EaseUS program from the link above double click on the executable of the app.
- Left click on “Clone” feature in the EaseUS program.
- After you left clicked on “Clone” you will have to select the HDD you would like to clone
Note: The HDD should be the one you have the Windows 8.1 installed .
- Now the next thing is to select the “Destination disk:” which will be the SSD drive you have connected.
- In the lower left corner of the “Disk/Partition clone” window you need to check the box next to “Optimize for SSD”.
- Left click on “Proceed” button in the lower right side of the “Disk/Partition clone” window to start the cloning process.
- When the cloning is finished you can close the program and shut down the Windows 8.1 PC or laptop.
- After the shutdown is completed you can unplug to old HDD you were using and plug in the new SSD drive.
- Now after your Windows 8.1 starts you will need to type in the start screen “Command”.
- A search should pop up for command prompt. Left click on it to open the feature.
- After the command prompt window is opened type In there “fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify” without the quotes and press “Enter”.
- If you get a “0” as a return value then your SSD drive should work good, if you do not get a “0” value then do the steps below.
- Write in the Command Prompt window the following command:
“fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0” without the quotes and press “Enter” on the keyboard.
- Now write the following command: “fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify” and press ‘Enter”.
- You should now get a “0” value.
Note: The commands we have put in the “Command Prompt” window allows you to verify if TRIM feature is set to enable.
- Also we will need to check if Windows 8.1 recognizes the SSD Media by typing in the start screen of Windows 8.1 the word “Optimize”.
- Left click on the icon “Defragment and optimize your drives”.
- Now in the window that opened you will need to check if your SSD drive is recognized as a “Solid State Drive”.
- If it isn’t recognized as a “Solid State Drive” then do another reboot of the system and check again the status.
So here it is, you now know how to migrate your Windows 8.1 operating system to a brand new SSD. For any questions on this article write us below in the comments sections and we will reply as soon as possible.