Computer stores often promote the benefits of using an SSD, but it comes at a cost. Because of its price point, SSDs are usually smaller than HDDs with similar storage capacity. For example, 1 TB will likely be more expensive if you get it on an SSD compared to getting it on an HDD.
This is because the NAND flash memory used in SSDs costs more than the mechanical platters that store data in HDDs (although prices for both technologies have come down significantly over the years).
Suppose you want to upgrade your computer’s storage capacity; how should you go about doing this? Should you stick with other components and buy both HDD and SSD or should you upgrade all your storage space using a type of drive (either HDD or SSD) that’s more affordable?
This is what I’m gonna show you in this article step by step how to move files from SSD to HDD.
While it’s possible to replace the existing hard drive with another without an issue, doing so will delete all the data on it and we recommend against doing so if you have important files.
This is because there’s no guarantee data won’t get corrupted while replacing the primary HDD and it could result in permanent data loss. If you still want to do this, please backup your computer before following the steps below: How To Transfer Data When Replacing A Hard Drive
How to move files from SSD to HDD?
Transferring files from an SSD to HDD is often more practical. Doing this avoids the data loss that would otherwise happen if you simply replace your primary HDD with another (and vice versa).
It also allows you to take advantage of the advantages offered by either hard drive, depending on your needs.
Before we show you how to accomplish this task, however, it’s important to note that not all operating systems support transferring files between disks seamlessly. Some of them will require some tweaking before the process can be completed successfully. For example, if you’re using Windows 7 or earlier versions, follow these steps:
-Open My Computer and right click on the source disk (SSD) -> Properties -> Hardware tab -> transfer settings button -> Transfer Settings.
-Select the target disk (HDD) -> Apply to confirm.
-Next, choose whether you want all the data on the source disk copied to the target one or only certain files/folders. You can also replace all but keep existing permissions.
-Click OK when done and follow any other prompts that appear if they do.
If your computer runs Windows 8 or newer versions, you’re lucky because things are much easier now:
-Open File Explorer and click This PC on the left pane -> Right Click on either HDD or SSD -> Properties -> Disk Cleanup button depending on which one you want to transfer files from -> More Options tab -> Cleanup system files button after checking System Restore and Shadow Copies for both HDD and SSD -> Delete Files button.
-Wait for the process to complete. This may take a minute or two depending on your computer’s speed and the number/size of files to be deleted.
You can also choose Temporary Windows Installation Files here if you don’t want to delete them.
-Finally, follow any prompts that appear if they do before unplugging the source HDD (SSD) once done. Make sure to keep it safe so you can still use it whenever needed in the future.
If you’re using Windows XP, things are more complicated because this operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft.
If you still have any confusion and are unable to move files from SSD to HDD then feel free to watch this video.
You’ll need third-party software like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition to copy disk content between drives without formatting them.
If you want to transfer individual files/folders only, use the following tool instead: File Transfer Wizard (no longer supported).
Risks involved when transferring data between two disks
Best software to move files from SSD to HDD:
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good tool you can use to accomplish this task because it allows you to copy files between drives without formatting them even if they’re different types. It’s also easy to use as its wizard allows for quick transfer.
-Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant and click Disk > Copy Disk & Move/Resize Partition, or right-click on SSD -> select Copy Disk from the context menu.
-Select the target disk (HDD) from the list of available disks, choose how you want to copy data including all partitions on source disk (SSD): Full for entire disk content, Cylinder for cylinder by cylinder copying, Sector by sector copying Clone for bit by bit duplication or Customized for selective files/folders copying.
-In the next step, choose whether you want to copy system and boot partitions from the source disk (SSD) as is or any changes from it overwritten on target disk (HDD).
-Click Next when done with a couple of summary screens for confirmation if they do. You can also opt to view advanced usage scenarios at this point with detailed descriptions about each one before clicking Finish.
-Wait for completion and follow additional prompts that might appear until all transfer tasks are finished successfully.
The process may take several minutes depending on your hardware configuration, so be patient…