How to Migrate OS to SSD/HDD and Manage Disk Partitions with 4DDiG Partition Manager

As a feature-rich system mirgation and disk partition mangement tool, 4DDiG Partition Manager helps you migrate Windows OS from HDD to SSD without reinstalling it, organize partitions on internal and external disks, and optimize the performance of your disks. Below we will give you step-by-step guides on how to employ 4DDiG Partition Manager to perform system migration and basic partition operations.

Part 1: How to Use 4DDiG Partition Manager to Migrate OS to SSD/HDD?

4DDiG Partition Manager provides an easy and safe way to migrate your Windows operating system to a new SSD or HDD disk without reinstalling Windows. Aparting from the operating system, it can also transfer data, applications&programs, personal accounts and settings in a few clicks.

Important:The OS migration process will delete all data and existing partitions on the target disk, so remember to back up your important data before your start the migration.

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    Connect your new drive after downloading and installing 4DDiG Partition Manager on your computer. Then launch the application, select "Migrate OS" in the left navigation panel and click on "Start" to proceed.

    system migration interface
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    Select the new drive as the target disk and thent tap on "Start" to continue. (The source disk is selected by default).

    select a target disk
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    A pop-up windows will appear informing you that during system migration, partitions and files on the target disk will be overwritten. To proceed to the next step, click "Sure" and then "Start" to start the system migration.

    start the system migration
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    System migration will now begin under 4DDiG Partition Manager and will take some time to complete depending on the size of the drives. You can view migration-related data such as migration speed, elapsed time, and so on.

    migrating operating system

    Now you have successfully migrated your OS to the target drive.

    finish system migration

Part 2: How to Boot PC from the New Drive?

After successfully transfer OS to your target disk with 4DDiG Partition Manager, you're probably wondering how to boot your computer from the new drive after transferring your entire system to it. Here's how you can do:

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    Remove the source disk and insert the target disk into the original slot. After entering BIOS, restart the computer to change the boot order. You can also watch the video below for more information on how to boot your computer.


Part 3: How to Manage and Optimize Partitions with 4DDiG Partition Manager?

4DDiG Partition Manager helps you organize and optimize partitions on your hard disks with ease. When you are in a partition size dilemma, you can employ 4DDiG Partition Manager to resize, extend, shrink, split, create, delete, and format partitions. Also, you can safely change the drive letter of a partition as you like to keep your drive organized.

The interface of 4DDiG Partition Manager provides the following methods for managing partitions:

  • Resize/Move Partition
  • Extend/Shrink Partition
  • Split Partition
  • Create New Partition
  • Delete Partition
  • Format Partition
  • Change Drive Letter

Important:It’s highly recommended that you back up all the important files and data on your partitions before executing the following partition operations. Also, to avoid data loss or disk damage, do not abruptly or forcibly terminate the program when partition operations are in progress.

Resize/Move Partition

Resizing a partition is the process of making a partition smaller to release some space/get some unallocated space. The unallocated space can be merged with its adjacent partition(s) or can be used to create one or more new partitions.

To resize and move a partition:

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    Install and launch 4DDiG Partition Manager. Select "Partition Management" in the left navigation bar. Then right-click on the partition that you want to resize and select "Resize/Move" from the drop-down menu.

    select a partition that you want to resize
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    In the pop-up window, drag and drop the borders of the selected partition to change its size. Alternatively, you can enter a specified partition size in GB. Once the partition size is set, you can preview the result of the changes you made. If you are satisfied with it, click OK to queue the operation.

    adjust the size of the selected partition

    Note: To move a partition, drag the whole partition handle towards unallocated space or manually define the amount of unallocated space in the front or rear part of the partition.

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    The queued resizing operation is shown in the Task List. Click Execute 1 Task(s) and click OK to commit the operation.

    execute the partition resizing operation confirm the partition resizing operation
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    The partition resizing process will start immediately and will take some time.

    start resizing the partition
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    Wait until the partition size is adjusted as expected and click Done.

    resize the partition successfully

Extend/Shrink Partition

4DDiG Partition Manager allows you to extend a partition to make it bigger or shrink a partition to make it smaller in size. When your disk partition runs out of disk space, you can expand the storage of the partition by taking free space from unallocated space in the same disk or shrinking any other existing partitions.

Note: The Extend/Shrink feature will be unavailable when there are more than 4 partitions on your disk. Besides, you cannot extend or shrink a partition with free or unallocated space in another separated hard disk.

To extend a partition:

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    Download and launch 4DDiG Partition Manager. Select "Partition Management" in the left navigation bar. Then right-click on the partition you want to extend and select "Extend/Shink" from the pop-up menu.

    select a partition that you want to extend
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    Drag the right border of the selected partition rightwards or drag its left border leftwards to extend its size. Alternatively, you can choose an adjacent partition or unallocated space that you want to take free space from, and drag its border rightwards or leftwards to release free space for the target partition. When you finish the adjustment, click OK to se the program untgo back to the main window.

    expand the size of the selected partition
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    A pending operation will be added to the Task List. Simply click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and select OK to commit the operation.

    execute the partition extending operation confirm the partition extending operation
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    It will take some time for the partition extending process to complete depending on the amount of space you want to add to it. To avoid data loss or corruption, please do not close the program until the process is complete.

    start extending the partition
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    Click Done when the partition is successfully extended.

    extend the partition successfully

To shrink a partition:

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    Right-click on the partition that you want to shrink and select "Extend/Shrink".

    select a partition that you want to shrink
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    Drag the right border of the selected partition leftwards or drag its left border rightwards to reduce its size and make room for its adjacent partition(s). Once done, click OK and get back to the main interface.

    decrease the size of the selected partition
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    Click the Execute 1 Task(s) button in the bottom right corner of the panel and select OK to commit the operation.

    execute the partition shrinking operation confirm the partition shrinking operation
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    The program then starts to shrink the selected partition based on your settings. Wait for the shrinking process to complete.

    start shrinking the partition
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    Click the Done button when the partition is shrunk successfully. You will see the specified shrink volume has been added to its adjacent partition(s).

    shrink the partition successfully

Split Partition

Splitting partition refers to dividing a large partition into two or more smaller ones. When you buy a new computer with only one partition, or there is a large partition on the hard drive, you may need to split the partition to create new partitions and store various data.

To split a partition:

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    Download and launch 4DDiG Partition Manager. Select "Partition Management" in the left navigation bar. Then right-click on the partition that you want to separate and select "Split".

    select a partition that you want to split
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    Drag the partition handle leftwards or rightwards to specify the size for the new partition, or you can manually enter an exact value as the new partition size. Then specify other parameters for the new partition, including drive letter, files system (NTFS, exFAT, FAT16, or FAT32), and cluster size.

    specify the size of the new partition
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    You will see the splitting operation pending in the Task List. Click Execute 1 Task(s) and select OK when the program prompts operations to be done.

    execute the partition splitting operation confirm the partition splitting operation
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    The splitting process may take some time, so wait patiently and do not close the program until the process is finished.

    start splitting the partition
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    Click Done when the partition is successfully split into two small ones.

    split the partition successfully

    Note: The split partition feature is currently available for NTFS and FAT32 partitions. Besides, you can only split the unused space of a partition to create a new partition. A partition that is totally used up and an unallocated partition cannot be split.

Create New Partition

If there is unallocated space on a hard disk, you can create a new partition from the unallocated space by adjusting its size, file system format, and drive letter. If there is no unallocated disk space, you can create some by shrinking an existing partition.

To create a partition from unpartitioned space:

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    Download and launch 4DDiG Partition Manager. Select "Partition Management" in the left navigation bar. Then right-click the unallocated partition from which you want to create a new partition and select "Create". (This option is unavailable if there is no unallocated disk space.)

    select an unallocated partition to be used to create new partition(s)
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    In the popup window, set parameters for the new partition, including partition size, drive letter, volume label, and files system (NTFS, exFAT, FAT16, or FAT32), and then click OK.

    adjust the size of the new partition

    Note: You can either drag the partition handle to specify the size of the new partition or manually enter the size of the volume you want to create in GB.

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    From the main interface, you can preview the size and position of the newly created partition. Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and click OK if confirmed.

    execute the partition creation operation confirm the partition creation operation
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    Wait for the new partition to be created. During the partition creation process, the program will automatically format the partition so that it can be used to store data.

    start creating a new partition
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    Click Done when a new partition is created successfully.

    create a new partition successfully

Delete Partition

Deleting a partition on a hard disk can help free up disk space. If there is a partition you no longer need on your disk, you can use 4DDiG Partition Manager to delete it with ease, and turn it into unallocated space that is available for extending the size of another partition on the same disk.

To delete a partition:

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    Download and launch 4DDiG Partition Manager. Select "Partition Management" in the left navigation bar. Then right-click on the partition that you want to delete and select the Delete option from the drop-down list.

    select a partition to delete
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    Click Yes when a dialog that asks for confirmation appears.

    confirm the deletion
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    The program then adds the deletion task to the Task List. Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" in the bottom right corner and click OK to make the deletion take effect.

    execute the partition deletion operation confirm the partition deletion operation
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    Allow a few seconds for the program to finish the partition deletion.

    start deleting the partition
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    Click Done when the selected partition is deleted successfully.

    delete the partition successfully

Format Partition

Formatting a partition is the process of deleting all data on a chosen partition and installing a file system to prepare available space for the operating system. There are many situations when you need to format a partition:

  • When you want to delete all data on a partition without deleting the partition, you can format it for rearrangement.
  • A partition that is newly created should be formatted before it can be used to store data.
  • When the file system of a partition is not supported or gets damaged or corrupted, you can format the partition with a new file system like NTFS and exFAT.

To format a partition:

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    Download and launch 4DDiG Partition Manager. Select "Partition Management" in the left navigation bar. Then right-click the partition that you want to format and select the Format option.

    select a partition to format
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    Reset the volume label, file system, and cluster size for the partition. Once confirmed, click OK to continue.

    reset parameters for the partition to be formatted

    Note: If you tick the Full format option, all the existing data on the partition will be fully overwritten and erased, and can't be recovered with the help of any data recovery software.

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    Click Yes when you are ready to format the partition.

    confirm data loss before formatting the partition
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    You can preview the result after the partition is formatted. If it is satisfying, click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then OK to start the partition formatting process.

    execute the partition formatting operation confirm the partition formatting operation
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    Wait for the program to finish formatting the partition.

    start formatting the partition
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    Click Done when the partition is formatted successfully.

    format the partition successfully

Change Drive Letter

Typically, Windows will assign a drive letter to any disk drive it detects automatically when the file system on its partition is recognized. However, you can change the drive letter of a partition according to your preference.

To change the drive letter of a partition:

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    Right-click the partition whose drive letter you want to change and select "Change Drive Letter".

    select a partition whose drive letter you want to change

    Note: You cannot change the drive letter of the drive that the Windows operating system is installed on, that is, your local C: drive letter, otherwise, it will result in Windows not booting, and apps won't run at all, etc.

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    Select a new drive letter that hasn't been taken up by other partitions for the partition and click OK.

    select a new drive letter

    Note: The drive letter of the selected partition will be removed if you choose None as the new drive letter.

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    The main interface displays a preview of the partition with the new drive letter. Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then select OK to commit the change.

    execute the operation of changing drive letter confirm the change made to the drive letter
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    Wait patiently until the process is complete.

    start changing the drive letter to a new one
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    Click Done when the drive letter of the partition is successfully changed to the one you specify.

    change the drive letter to a new one successfully