How to Clone BitLocker Encrypted Hard Drive?

April 12, 2019

Want to clone BitLocker encrypted hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 successfully? Refer to this article to get detailed steps on cloning BitLocker encrypted disk via AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Scenario

“I have a computer that is running Windows 10. My current hard disk drive is encrypted with BitLocker, now I want clone it to a larger newly purchased SSD, so that I can replace it without reinstallation. I know that cloning a disk without encryption is not tough, but I have no idea about how to clone BitLocker encrypted drive to SSD? Is there any advice on such hard drive cloning task? Thanks in advance!”

Clone BitLocker drive via great cloning software

When it comes to BitLocker drive cloning, regular cloning software may fail as it can’t access data on the drive. Fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, reliable and powerful cloning software, allows you to clone BitLocker encrypted disk without unlocking the drive using Sector-by-Sector Copy method. As this cloning method will copy all sectors including unused sectors, it requires that the capacity of the destination disk not smaller than the capacity of source BitLocker encrypted disk. Now, let’s have a closer look at how it works.

Tip: All data on this selected destination will be wiped out after this operation; you’d better backup important files on it at first.

Step 1. Connect destination disk to your computer and make sure it can be detected by operating system.

Step 2.  Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. In the main user console, go to All Tools> Disk Copy Wizard.

Clone System Disk

Step 3. In the pop-up window, choose Sector-by-Sector Copy between two listed methods and click Next button.

Clone System Disk Full

Step 4. In this screen, choose the BitLocker encrypted hard drive that you want to clone as source disk (here is Disk 1). Then, click Next icon.

Select Souce Disk

Step 5. In this window, choose your destination disk (here is Disk 2) and click Yes> Next.

Select Destination Disk Clone System Disk Full

Then, you’ll get a Note about how to boot OS from the target disk. Read it and keep it in mind. Click Finish.

Note

Step 6. You’ll return to its main interface where you can preview the result of cloning operation. If you are satisfied, click Apply and Proceed to commit operation.

Apply Proceed Clone System Disk

Notes:

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional supports you to clone various hard drive belong to different brands, including Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and etc.

  • To clone hard drive without encryption to smaller SSD/HDD, choose Copy Disk Quickly method, which will only copy used sectors on source hard drive.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can work with Windows 10/8/7, XP and Vista. For Windows Server users, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable.

Final words

Obviously, with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can clone BitLocker encrypted drive to SSD or HDD within few steps. As comprehensive software, it provides many other useful functions. For example, it can create bootable USB drive and rebuild MBR, enabling you to repair boot failure out of corrupted MBR; it can extend C drive without deleting partition, helping you to solve C drive full problem. All in all, it is far more than cloning software, but it can assist you a lot in many aspects about disk and partition.