By AOMEI / Last Updated July 31, 2019

Seagate DiscWizard overview

When you buy a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive, you will find a free utility bundled in this drive. It’s Seagate DiscWizard, an integrated program developed by Acronis, enables users to backup or clone the entire hard drive, including the operating system, applications, settings and other data.

Note that this program supports only Seagate and Maxtor hard drives in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. Additionally, it works well as a bootable rescue media creator, which can recover computer from crash due to accidents.

Seagate Discwizard

Possible reasons for Seagate DiscWizard not cloning

However, the complaint of Seagate DiscWizard not working began to spread across the social media recently. Some users find that the loading bar doesn't move, what’s worse, Seagate DiscWizard does not detect drive sometimes. When you are in situations like these, they may be caused by:

  • The drive you want to clone is a dynamic disk. Seagate DiscWizard only supports basic disk clone. If so, convert dynamic disk to basic please.

  • The drive has no valid MBR. When you find that Seagate DiscWizard clone failed, you can try to rebuild MBR.

  • Some third-party software or antivirus programs block Seagate DiscWizard from reading this drive. To fix that Seagate DiscWizard failed to clone, you can disable them temporarily.

A better way to clone your disk – free and easy

Although you can solve the problem of Seagate DiscWizard clone not working by using methods mentioned above, this program only works with Seagate and Maxtor hard drives. If you want to clone other brands of drives, then you probably need a Seagate DiscWizard alternative.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard has a Disk Copy feature that allows users to clone all types and brands of hard drives. By using it, you can even clone larger drive to smaller drive as long as the target drive can fit all used data in the source drive.

Considering that Seagate DiscWizard can’t be used to clone an individual partition, this utility is featured with Partition Copy Wizard, which can manage your drives more flexibly. Anyone can download it for free! Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Here are necessary steps.

Step 1. Install and launch this freeware. Select Disk Copy from the left list.

Disk Copy

Step 2. Choose one disk copy method from the pop-up window (here is Copy Disk Quickly).Then click Next.

*Copy Disk Quickly: it only copies the used space on the source drive to the target drive.

*Sector-by-Sector Copy: this method copies all sectors of the source drive to the target drive no matter it is used or not. The target drive must be equal to or larger than the source drive.

Copy  Disk Quickly

Step 3. Disk 1 is selected as the source disk by default. You need to select the target disk (here is Disk 2). Then click Next.

Select Destination Disk

* If the target disk is a SSD, you can click Optimize the performance of SSD to improve its working performance.

Step 4. Adjust the partition size on the target disk. Then click Next.

Edit Disk

A pop-up window will give you a Note on how to boot the operating system from the destination disk. Read it and then click Finish.

Note

Step 5. Confirm your operations and then click Apply.

Apply

Tips:

  • After cloning, the destination disk will be overwritten. Thus, you’d better do a disk backup in advance if you have some important data on it.

  • As for the original drive, you can reformat it and take it as your secondary storage.

  • This freeware only applies to MBR system disk to MBR disk clone. If you intend to clone GPT system disk to MBR disk or clone MBR/GPT system disk to GPT disk, you should perform an edition upgrade at first.

Final Words

Some possible factors and efficient solutions are described here to solve the problem of Seagate DiscWizard not cloning. However, Seagate DiscWizard only works for Seagate and Maxtor hard drive users. Luckily, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard breaks this limit and offers you more advanced features, for instance, clone hard drive to Kingston SSD.