How to Clone Hard Drive to New Hard Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1 without Reinstalling system and applications?
If you prepare to upgrade your Windows 8 hard drive, you firmly would clone the previous drives completely at first. What's worth mentioning here is the files in the system partition can not merely be dragged to a new partition, because by doing like that, perhaps you can not start your computer normally. Therefore, capable third party clone software plays a significant part here. As a magic partition tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant is strongly recommended to aid you clone the system partition as well as other partitions. Moreover, it has other powerful features, such as, Resize Partition, Merge Partitions, Split Partition, etc.
Free software to clone hard drive without reinstalling Windows 8
With the increase of the user need in backing up the partition and cloning a previous hard drive to a new one, nearly all of the partition software has the clone feature now. Some of the software is not free of charge, but AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you resolve the clone partition task securely and freely.
Moreover, it has two options for you to reach the goal, "Copy Disk Quickly" and "Sector-by-sector Copy". You can choose either of them based on your need. In addition, it works with both 32 bit and 64 bit version of Windows 8.
AOMEI Partition Assistant helps clone hard drive for Windows 8
As what has been mentioned above, different clone method has different requirement on the unallocated space.
Copy Disk Quickly: The size of the unallocated space must be equal or larger than the size of the used part in the source drive.
Sector-by-sector Copy: The size of the unallocated space must be equal or larger than the size of the source drive.
Notes: when you clone the disk that has the system partition, the operation will be completed automatically by the computer under the PreOS mode (restarting mode).[Steps in Detail Click Here]
Next, it is an example of cloning Disk 1 (source disk) to Disk 2 (destination disk).
AOMEI Backupper is also fully compatible with Windows 8.1, and the steps of cloning hard drive in Windows 8.1 are the same as those to clone Windows 8 hard drive.
As you can see in the picture, the size of Disk 2 is smaller than Disk 1. Therefore, only if the size of the used part in Disk 1 is smaller than 20.00GB (the size of Disk 2) can you complete the task of clone hard disk