By Cherry / Last Updated October 24, 2017

The benefits of cloning bootable hard drive

Cloning bootable hard drive is to make an exact copy of the disk installed with system. In many situations, you need to clone bootable hard drive. For example, if you want to upgrade the bootable disk, clone it to a new disk will save the time of reinstalling Windows OS. Here are the conclusions of what can you benefit from cloning bootable hard drive:

  • Upgrade hard drive without reinstalling Windows operating system and other applications. You may want to upgrade your hard drive to a larger one when you find the old hard drive is too small to store data; or you may want to replace HDD with SSD to get a better performance. To change hard drive, you may need to reinstall Windows OS and applications, which will spend a lot of time. While cloning bootable hard drive would clone all data on the old hard drive to the new one, and you can boot from the cloned hard drive directly.

  • Backup data in case of data loss. If your hard drive stored important data, it is necessary to make a copy of the hard drive, cause there are many situations can lead data loss, such as system failure, hard drive broken, laptop stolen, etc. Clone bootable hard drive makes an exact copy of your system drive, if there is any unexpected things happen to your system drive, you can use the cloned hard drive to rescue the damage. When the old hard drive failed, the data on the cloned hard drive is in safe.

  • Ensure the safety of multiple system on the hard drive. You may have more than one OS on the hard drive. Generally, migrate OS won’t migrate all systems on the hard drive, at this time, clone bootable hard drive should be the best way to transfer all systems to another hard drive safely.

  • Help users to repair disc. When you meet the problem that the partition is unable to access, you need to repair partition. However, the operation may lose data. Thus, you can clone hard drive sector by sector, and then, restore data to the hard drive manually.

Clone bootable hard drive will bring a big help for Windows users. But how to clone bootable hard drive? Is there any bootable hard drive clone software?

The best bootable hard drive clone software

To clone bootable hard drive, you need to prepare a great bootable hard drive clone software. A great cloning software should have the following properties:

  • It should clone hard drive to another hard drive easily and safely.

  • The cloned hard drive should be bootable.

Considering the properties, the AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best bootable hard drive clone software. It can help you clone system disk with a few simple steps and boot from the cloned disk successfully. In the next content, you can learn how to clone bootable hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

How to clone bootable hard drive with the disk cloning software?

AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best bootable hard drive clone software. Here are the detailed steps of how to clone bootable hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Before you do:

Prepare a hard drive that is enough to store all data on the old hard drive, connect it to your computer, make sure it can be detected by the computer;

Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Step1.When you get into the main interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can see the disks on your computer. To clone bootable hard drive to another hard drive, here you can right click the system hard drive, select Copy Disk in the pop up menu (Or you can launch the Disk Copy Wizard at the left pane to start clone step by step).

Copy Disk

Step2. You may get into the Disk Copy Wizard, and you need to choose “Copy Disk Quickly”(recommended) or “Sector-by-Sector Copy”. Here we choose the former.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step3. Then, choose a target disk to copy the source disk to.

Select Destination Disk

Tips: If the target disk is an SSD, you’d better check the option “Optimize the performance of SSD” which would optimize the SSD’s performance after cloning.

Step4. AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to edit the partitions on the destination disk here. Or you can resize partition after cloning.

Edit Partition Size

Step5. It will give you a note for how to boot from the cloned disk. Read it and remember that, click Finish.

Note

Step6. Finally, do not forget to click Apply at the toolbar to submit the task.

Apply

This is for how to clone bootable hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant. After cloning, you can boot from the cloned hard drive directly. However, many users boot failed from the cloned drive. So here we give you some advises for how to boot from the cloned drive successfully.

Boot from the cloned hard drive:

If you boot failed from the cloned hard drive, you should check whether your motherboard supports to boot from the hard drive. For example, The MBR disk should be able to boot successfully under the BIOS mode, while the GPT disk requires to boot from the EFI/UEFI mode. If it is necessary, you can convert boot disk between MBR and GPT styles with AOMEI Partition Assistant.

If you are using laptop, you should install the cloned hard drive to the laptop before cloning, and connect the old hard drive to the laptop via SATA port, boot from the hard drive and clone the bootable hard drive to the new hard drive. Then, disconnect the old hard drive and boot from the new hard drive installed on the laptop directly.

Hope this would be helpful!