By Emily / Last Updated August 22, 2019

Reasons to copy partition to another drive

Different from cloning an entire disk, copying partition is a process of migrating only a selected partition (a part of whole disk, not an entire disk) to another partition or other SSD/HDD. Generally, And you can enjoy the following benefits from this operation.

  • Back up important data: No matter you plan to copy system partition or data partition to SSD/HDD; you can make an exact backup of data stored on the selected partition.

  • Get rid of bad sectors: If the disk, containing the selected partition, suffers some bad sectors, you can copy important partitions to another disk to avoid bad sectors.

  • Transfer data quickly: When all crucial data is saved in one partition, or you just want to only keep this partition during disk replacement, copying partition will help transfer data more quickly than copying a whole disk or copying files one by one.

Recommended freeware to clone partition over to another hard drive?

If you are planning to delete partition, format partition, shrink partition or extend partition, Windows built-in tools like Disk Management and Diskpart can help you a lot. But for cloning partition, you need to use a third-party utility since Windows doesn't offer such functions by far. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a great tool to copy partition to another hard drive.

This free disk partition software provides you with two copy methods: Copy Partition Quickly (file by file) and Sector-by-Sector Copy (complete copy). The former one only copies all existing files while the latter one will copy both all available files and lost/deleted files from the source partition to destination disk. If you want to clone Windows partition to SSD/HDD, please upgrade to Professional version.

Copy partition to SSD/HDD within 5 steps

Now you can free download AOMEI Partition Assistant and learn how to copy partition to another drive in five steps. Before that, pay attention to:

  • Only the unallocated space could be selected as the destination place to hold the source partition. So if there is not such space, please first create one by shrinking existing partitions or deleting unused partition.

  • Please close programs which are running on the partition which you are going to copy, otherwise this partition copying operation will be executed under PreOS Mode.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, right click the partition you wish to copy to another drive, and select "Copy Partition".

Copy Partition

Step 2. In this window, two different ways are available to copy partition. Select one according to your needs and then click "Next".

Select Copy Method

Step 3. Select an unallocated space to save the copy of the selected partition, and then click "Next" to continue. If you are copying partition to SSD drive, you can tick the option "Optimize the performance of SSD".

Select Destination Space

Step 4. In the pop-out window, you can resize partition as you like, or you can keep the default settings and click "Finish".

Resize Partition

Step 5. In the main interface, you can preview the result. If you are satisfied with it, click "Apply" to execute this operation.

Apply Partition Copy

Final Words

With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can easily clone or copy partition to another drive in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Besides, its "quick copy (with file by file)" method makes it possible for you to copy larger partition to smaller partition and copy larger HDD to smaller HDD. What's more, the "Migrate OS to SSD" wizard offered by Professional enables you to migrate OS partition to SSD or HDD.