Generally, there are two methods by which you can install Windows 10. One is to do a clean install of Windows 10 on new SSD while the other is to upgrade to Windows 10. The first method needs you to download Windows 10 ISO and make a bootable USB using burning tools like UUByte or Windows Media Creation Tool. The latter method is a lot of simpler as Windows 10 comes free if you upgrade it from its previous version. However, it is better to keep an idea of what to do in case you fail to upgrade normally.
If you are looking for a clean installation, then make sure to have the pertinent product key for Windows 10 version. Else, the reliable option would be to initiate SSD clone system partition followed by upgradation of Windows 10. Or, upgrade the OS to the latest Windows version and shift the operating system to SSD.
How to Install Windows 10 on New SSD
Whether you select to get the older Windows version installation on SSD and update your PC OS to Windows 10 or shift the new Windows partition to, you would require a partition manager after successfully upgrading to Windows 10.
Note: Migration of Windows OS to new SSD will permanently delete the existing files and partitions from your target location. So, if your disk contains any important credential, make sure to backup the data to external storage before hand only.
Step 1: Download and install an open source partition manager tool. Run the same and go to its main menu From there, choose the option addressing OS migration.
Step 2: Choose SSD as your target disk and hit “Next”.
Alert: Make sure to backup all the data credentials of your destination disk prior to the migration. Else, all the data will be lost permanently.
After that hit on “Migrate” followed by “OK” to move to the next step.
Step 3: Confirm the target disk layout. You can also hit on the options of the disk layout to personalize your destination disk as desired. Next, hit “OK” to continue.
Step 4: Now an unsettled OS migration operation to new SSD will be added. So, hit on the option of executing the shifting operation and click “Apply” to initiate the process of Windows 10 installation on new SSD.
Issues and fixes
It is certain that doing the installation of different Windows versions 10/8/7 on SSD will accelerate your PC functioning. On the contrary, it will be a headache, in case you fail to install Windows on a solid state drive.
There are mainly three situations that may arise while making the installation. So, let’s have a sneak-peek into those scenarios and their respective fixes to resolve the issue:
Situation 1: SSD not identified by Binary Input Output System
Basically, a solid state drive is automatically sensed by BIOS as you link it to the system. However, in case your SSD is not detected by the system and is not appearing in BIOS, check out the following:
- Check the cable connectivity of the solid state disk. Else, use another SATA cable to establish the connection. You can also utilize an external adapter (USB) to confirm if the issue is with the BIOS connection or not.
- Check if the issue is with the SATA cable or not. In most cases, the System Setup (BIOS) port is kept disabled or OFF. Whenever you link a new SSD to your PC, you will require to enable the port in System Setup, prior to getting that drive in BIOS.
- Use another PC system to connect the drive. This is to confirm whether the issue is with the SSD or something else.
Situation 2: Windows 10/8/7 Setup failed to identify SSD
If the SSD is not appearing in the Windows Setup, then refer to the below steps to correct it:
- Initiate the boot into BIOS and establish the mode of SATA to AHCI. If Windows can’t do the installation on SSD, activate the Secure Boot option if available.
- If the SSD option is still not available at Windows Setup, hit SHIFT+F10 to access the Command Prompt window. Then type “diskpart”. Next, enter “list disk” to show up all the disk drives linked to your PC.
- After that type “select disk [disk number]”. For instance, enter “select disk 3” if your computer has three drives connected to it.
- Ensure that your desired disk contains no data credential in it. Then type “clean all” followed by hitting Enter to delete and remove all data from your selected SSD.
- As soon as the process completes, type “exit” to come out of this window and return to Windows Setup screen.
Eventually, you will find the SSD option on the Setup screen. If you think that performing the disk clean will decrease the system lifespan, execute a Secure Erase for your solid state disk.
Situation 3: Can’t install Windows on SSD
If Windows install wizard does can detect SSD and display an error message saying the partition style is not a match, then convert the disk to partition style of MBR or modify the BIOS setup.
In case your PC is UEFI boot compatible, go to BIOS setup and turn on the UEFI mode. Or, if only Legacy boot mode is available, convert the SSD to MBR disk following the below instructions:
- Hit Shift+F10 to open Command Prompt.
- The enter the below given commands:
-Select disk [disk number]
- As the process completes, return to Windows installation screen and now you will be able to do Windows 10 installation.
If an error message is notified referring to partition type issue, turn off UEFI mode and activate Legacy mode. Else, convert solid state drive to GPT disk.
Note: You can permanently wipe out all data from the disk by utilizing the command “diskpart.exe” to MBR/GPT. If you want to keep the SSD data unerased, you may require to use third-party partition tool to do the above mentioned conversion without losing data.
Well, that is all about Windows 10 installation on SSD. Hopefully after this article, you won’t have to worry or panic if you ever fail to install Windows 10.