You would like know how to reinstall Windows 10 on SSD drive? There are 2 possibilities in these cases. Either your PC which is equipped with an SSD disk fails to start. Or you just want improve performances from your computer by installing a more efficient hard drive. So to best meet your expectations. In this article we will offer you 2 solutions to reinstall Windows 10 on your SSD. On the one hand, we will show you how to start with a so-called bootable USB key to access the Windows installation media. And on the other hand, we will tell you how to clone your hard drive on a new type SSD.
Reinstall Windows 10 on an SSD by booting from a USB drive
You meet problems with your PC. Even the latter no longer boots on your SSD. In this case, it may indeed be useful to reinstall Windows 10 on your hard drive. This will allow reset the operating system. Note, however, that this solution involves back to square one your hard drive. So you will lose your backups of files, applications et configurations.
Reset Windows 10 without losing data:
If you would like at least keep your documents saved in the user folder of the C: drive. So in this case, we advise you to perform the Windows 10 reset via WinRe. This last one is Windows recovery environment. It is available even when you are unable to launch the operating system.
To learn more about this, we suggest you read the following article. You will find all steps to achieve it and access WinRe. HOW TO RESET WINDOWS 10 WITHOUT LOSS OF DATA
Boot a PC using a Bootable USB drive to reinstall Windows 10:
To be able to start your computer on the Windows 10 installation media. You will have to start with create a bootable USB drive. The procedure is simple, don't worry. It will simply take download ISO file du Windows 10 installation media site on the Microsoft. Then in a second step, you can start your computer with the USB key plugged in.
How to create the bootable USB stick for Windows 10 PC:
To create this key, you will need to have access to a minimally functioning computer. Indeed, it will be necessary to go to the Microsoft site to be able to download the ISO file to install on the stick ...
If your computer no longer boots in this case, you will either need to use a second. Or if you don't have another then we suggest you apply the Windows 10 reset method indicated above.
Steps to create a bootable USB key:
- Start by going to the Microsoft site for download the media creation tool.
- Once the file has downloaded, click on it to launch the media creation utility,
- allow the app to make changes to your device,
- You will then need to check: "Create an installation medium (USB key, DVD or ISO file) for another PC",
- Select your language and system type from the computer on which you want to reinstall Windows 10,
- Choose the box "USB flash memory disk",
- If you prefer to have a Installation CD, you can read the following article: HOW TO BOOT ON A CD WITH WINDOWS 10
- When this is over you will have created your bootable USB stick.
Start a Windows 10 PC equipped with an SSD on a bootable USB stick:
Once the bootable USB key has been created, all you have to do is plug into your pc equipped with SSD drive. Then press the power button to start the boot. The PC should directly boot from the USB key. In other words, you will directly access to Windows 10 installation media. So you will start by choosing your language. Then you will click on the button Installer. Then you just have to follow the installation steps and configuration of Windows 10.
Install Windows 10 on a new SSD:
In case, you want improve performances from your computer by changing the hard drive. This implies that you will have to reinstall Windows 10 on your new SSD disk. However, you probably want keep the data from your old drive. So know that it is possible to clone one drive to another. This solution requires some precautions upstream. So we will detail everything for you below.
Precautions to take before cloning hard drive to SSD:
There is one thing you need to be careful about. Indeed, you should know that the SSD are certainly more efficient. But these are usually also smaller in terms of volume and storage space. Therefore, we advise you to control the place occupied on your old drive. So you can anticipate. If the size is larger than the new one. It will be necessary to plan transfer some data on another medium such as a external hard drive or the Cloud with for example OneDrive.
Clone your hard drive to an SSD with Windows 10:
Once the size of the 2 disks will be equivalent. You should download software dedicated to disk cloning. For this we suggest you use Macrium Reflect. This last one is easy of use and has a free trial of 30 days. Which will give you time to clone your disk. You will find all detailed steps to clone hard drive in the following article: HOW TO CLONE A HARD DRIVE ON WINDOWS 10.
Change the primary hard drive to boot Windows 10 with the SSD:
Then when Windows 10 and all your data will reinstalled / cloned on the new hard drive SSD. You will need to change the main hard drive of your Windows 10 PC. Without it, your computer will still boot from the old hard drive. So you will not benefit from performance and fast startup of an SSD. You will find the detailed method in the following article: HOW TO CHANGE THE MAIN HARD DRIVE ON WINDOWS 10
To conclude : When you want reinstall Windows 10 on an SSD, 2 or even 3 solutions come to you. You can either reset your computer without data loss to keep your documents. Or you can decide to totally reinstall Windows using a USB key or a bootable CD. These solutions will be intended for solve problems with your PC. Otherwise if you just want improve performances from your PC by switching to a SSD. Therefore the disk cloning will be the most suitable for your situation.