Free HDD Cloning Software: Migrate OS or Replace Disk

Questions Asked by User

What the best free program to clone a hard drive including partitions? I am changing out hard drive from an HDD to SSD. I want to clone my older hard drive because it has all my games and music. But I also want to clone all the partitions so I can still have my recovery partition. If there is a way can someone explain how and what I need?

For those who just purchased a SSD or a larger capacity HDD, the question above must be quite familiar. Because it’s an instinct for us to transfer the file and folders to the new hard drive than leaving them in the old one. Then how can we clone a hard drive? Here we would like to introduce the users with a free drive cloning software - AOMEI Partition Assistant - to clone hard drive on Windows 7. 8. 10.

How to Clone Hard Drive in AOMEI Partition Assistant

Step1. Launch AOMEI PA first. Then right click on the source hard drive. Choose Copy Disk in the category.

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Step2. You may now select a copy method in the pop up window. One is Quick Copy which only clones the used space and allows you to resize during the copy process. The other is Sector-to-Sector Copy. In this way, the whole disk will be cloned despite the used space or unallocated space.

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Step3. Select the destination disk. Please kindly note that on the destination disk, there must be a free space which is larger than the old hard drive capacity.

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Step4. Left click on the Apply button on top left corner of the main interface to start the process.

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Besides Partition Assistant, AOMEI Tech also has developed another software named AOMEI Backupper which is specially designed for computer backup. And it also has a clone function allows the users to clone disk.

Tips: As Partition Magic alternative, Partition Assistant has various basic and advanced functions apart from disk and partition copy feature. With Partition Assistant, you can create partition, delete partition,format partition, resize/move partition, extend system partition, clone partition, shrink volume, split partition,merge partitions, wipe hard drive and partition, convert file system,hide/unhide partitions, set active partition, etc. All the operations can be completed without data loss. Free download and check how powerful it is!


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