If you want to improve the processing speed of a PC that has slowed down due to deterioration over time, or if you want to save more data, one method is “replacement” of an HDD or an SSD. For example, by replacing the drive built into your personal computer with the one with a larger capacity, more data can be saved and work efficiency can be improved. However, an “OS”, which can be said to be the brain of a personal computer, is always installed on HDDs and SSDs. Therefore, when replacing (such as replacing an HDD with an SSD or replacing one SSD with the new SSD), you need to migrate an OS or newly install an OS on the replaced new HDD or SSD. This content explains how to migrate an OS.
・1. How to migrate an OS to new HDD and SSD
An OS migration procedure is as follows.
・1-1. Prepare a new HDD and SSD
Prepare an HDD or an SSD with larger capacity than the one currently in use.
・1-2. Delete unnecessary data on the original HDD and SSD to reduce the weight of the data
Delete from screens such as [Frequently Used Apps] and [PC] in Explorer
・1-3. Create a clone from the original HDD and SSD built into your personal computer to the newly prepared HDD and SSD
Clone can be created using an external HDD or SSD, or internal HDD or SSD and HDD case, using specialized data migration software. You can also create it more easily by using a dedicated stand for cloning HDD and SSD.
For example, we recommend below products as a product focused on cloning.
HDD/SSD 2 Bay Duplicator Dock with Error Skip Feature [LHR-2BDPU3ES]
SATA / USB3.1 (Gen1) / USB3.0 Conversion Adapter 3.5 inch/2.5 inch HDD/SSD for external storage [LHR-A35SU3]
・1-4. Completely format the original HDD and SSD data
The formatted drive can be used for data storage.
・2. Clean installation of an OS
Although it is different from data migration for each OS, there is also a method called “clean OS installation” when replacing an HDD or an SSD to improve PC performance. Back up only the data of an HDD or an SSD that was originally used, replace the HDD or SSD, then install a new OS on the new HDD or SSD, and return the backed up data. You can start as a new environment by refreshing the environment such as the OS once.
However, in this case, it is necessary to build the environment of the personal computer from the state where there is nothing in the SSD or HDD. Depending on the application and environment, it is better to choose an efficient method, OS migration or a clean installation.
HDDs and SSDs are consumables, so it is unavoidable that these deteriorate depending on the intended use, environment, and years of use. As a result, it naturally leads to a decrease in the performance of the personal computer. However, it is possible to improve them by replacing the HDD or SSD. At first glance, it may seem difficult to migrate an OS, however if you use a dedicated device or software, you can easily do it, so please give it a try.