How To Install Windows 10 On A New Hard Drive [FAIL PROOF]


Summary: The fail-proof guide on how to install windows 10 on a new hard drive, whatever knowledge level you have.

How to install windows 10 on a new hard drive? Worry no more. You can say goodbye to the long-time search. 

This guide will show you the most practical steps to install windows 10 on second hard drive. Whatever level of expertise you have, this guide will never fail you to do the work.


Reasons to Install Windows 10 on the New Hard Drive

There are several reasons why you need to reinstall windows 10 to another hard drive. Your drive might be damaged, and you must replace it. It might be overused, and you need to free up some disk space. Or you may need to install windows 10 on another PC with the same configuration.

Whatever your reason is, migrating the windows to a new hard drive will solve your problems. But, you do not need to reinstall the windows completely. You need windows migrating software, and you can get it for free. Here are the steps.

Step 1: The Preparation

Here are the things to this in this preparatory job.

First, prepare and boot on the PC where the windows 10 is installed.

Second, download and install the Windows 10 migration tool, Minitool Partition Wizard. Google it! The software is useful if you are looking for a solution on how to install windows on a new hard drive without disk.

Third, connect the hard drive where you want to install the Windows 10. Please note, it is better to connect the hard drive via SATA.

If all the three things above have been completed, you are ready for Step 2.

Step 2: Open The MiniTool Partition Wizard

This software has an easy to use interface. You will not find any difficulty in using it.

MiniTool Partizion Wizard
MiniTool Partizion Wizard

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When the interface has been opened, click on Migrate OS to SSD/HD Wizard. This option will help you migrate the OS currently installed on the PC to the specified hard drive.

Step 3: Choose The Migrating Options

After completing Step 2, you will have to choose the migrating options. 

There are two types of migration. First, migrate the whole partition. This option is suitable when you want to replace your old system disk with the new one.

Second, migrate only the partition needed by the system. In this case, you move the operating system to another disk and retain the original drive on the PC.

Move Operating System to Another Hard Disk
Move Operating System to Another Hard Disk

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The second option is best when you want to install Windows 10 from a hard drive with Windows 10 installed.

Click Next, and be ready for the fourth step.

Step 4: Choose the Destination Disk

After choosing the migrating options, you have to decide the disk location.

On the current interface, choose the disk where you want to install the Windows 10.

Select destination disk
Select Destination disk to Install Windows 10



Back up all the data in the destination disk! The migration of Windows 10 will delete all of the data in the destination hard drive.

Click Next after you have chosen the destination disk. And then move to the fifth step.

Step 5: Further Configure the Copy Options

In this step, you can configure the partitioning options. There are two options available in this step.

Configure the Partition
Configure the Partition


First, appropriating the copy partition to the disk. Choose this option if you want to mount the partition to the whole destination disk. It will make the system automatically resize your destination disk.

Second, just copy with no resizing. It is the exact reverse of the first option.

Choose the second option, and you can configure the disk space for each partition later.

Step 6: Complete the Process and Reboot the PC

Click the Finish button on the last wizard interface. And congratulations, you have found the solution on how to install windows 10 on a new hard drive.

Boot Windows 10 from Destination Disk
Boot Windows 10 from Destination Disk


To reboot the PC using the second drive, go to the BIOS setting, and choose to boot from the second hard drive.


These are the steps on how to install Windows 10 on a new hard drive. 

Be sure to practice it on your own. The steps will be easier to understand if you practice it.