How to install SSD in your desktop PC

Install an SSD to your desktop PC and migrate your operating system, Easy step by step.

This is an easy step by step tutorial on how to install an SSD to your desktop and migrate your OS without reactivating windows.

The first question a lot of people ask is if they should install an SSD into their desktop, If this is still the case by you than I can answer definitely you should install an SSD, it will make your life so much easier and much more fun, (well not your Personal life but your computer life).
Here are some facts
The cheapest SSD is between 6 and 10 times faster than any hard drive.
My PC start up went from about 60/80 seconds to about 10 seconds or less.
Copying a one-gigabyte file went from almost 3 minutes to less than a minute.
I’m telling you it’s awesome it is the best thing I ever did to my computer

  • What you need
    a SSD,
    a SATA cable to connect it to the motherboard,
    and AOMEI Partition Assistance, the reason AOMEI is because it is free and simply the best…

Install a SSD in your desktop.
Connect your SSD to the motherboard, if you ever connect a hard drive to a motherboard then you know what you have to do because it is the same thing for a SSD, and you can skip to the migration.

But if you have never done that, here is how to install your SSD into your computer,
you will need a SATA cable that comes with your computer or your motherboard, or you can buy a new one, here is how it looks.

Sata cable front conector - how to install ssd into desktop

Both sides look the same one side go’s in the small spot of the SSD and the other side go’s in the SATA connector on your motherboard, there is only one way to connect it because it has like an L shape plug, like this.

L shape sata cable - install ssd into PC

Make sure to insert it firmly and the clip should click into place, then you can connect your power cable to it and you are good to go…

If you still need help on installing a new Drive in your PC then check out my detailed tutorial here.

Now you are ready for the next step.

  • New operating system 
    If you are installing now a new operating system, then you don’t need to do anything more just go ahead insert your CD and everything should work fine.

Migrate your old operating system 

Launch AOMEI and select option migrate to SSD as you can see here.

AOMEI Partition Assistance migrate operating system to ssd


This will open a dialog like this.

AOMEI Partition Assistance dialog screen capture

Now click next, it will ask you to choose a drive to which to migrate your OS,

AOMEI migrate to ssd select drive

In this window it will only load your drives that have not your operating system on it, the drive with your operating system will not show up. If you have multiple drives make sure to select your new SSD, this is very important you don’t want to select any other Drive because it will re-partition it and erase everything on it, this is the only place where you can mess this up, so just make sure you select the correct drive you can know it by looking at the size of the drive.

When you are sure you have selected the correct drive, click next there you will have the option to select the drive letter, by default it will give it some letter but you need to make sure to select no letter by clicking on it scroll down to the bottom and select none.

AOMEI drive letter

the reason for this is because this will be your windows operating system and it needs to have the letter C: which it will get automatically ones the process is finished. 
and also at the same screen make sure that the whole storage is selected by dragging the line to the end.

AOMEI select full partition


If you want you can leave it like that or you can drag as much as you want but then you will not have the full capacity of the drive instead you will have empty space that you can, later on, make a new partition. Unless you don’t have a reason, I don’t recommend doing that it can only make more problems in the long run. Just remember if you are doing that, you need to make sure there is enough space for your operating system.

When you are ready click Next. Another dialog will open and give you some information.

AOMEI Partition Assistance. Dialog

Now just click finish.

Wait… You’r not done yet!

And nothing happens… that’s because you need to go to the top left off your screen and click apply.

AOMEI apply your changes

it will review what it is going to do, make sure everything is correct and apply.
Here it will tell you that a reboot is required, and basically, the whole process will happen while it reboots.
When it’s done sometimes it will automatically reboot to the new SSD, but it does not matter it is anyway always good that you shut down your computer go into bios (look at the manual of your computer how to launch the bios) go to boot options and make sure your new SSD is selected as the first option.

If it is not working correctly, then disconnect your old hard drive and connect your SSD to the cable of your old HDD and boot it up again, now should work fine.

And yes you installed a SSD all by yourself…

hopefully, you enjoyed the article, if you have any questions leave it in the comment section.
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