Overview of Partition
It is necessary to know that is partition before realizing the benefits of copying partition. Simply put, a partition is a division of a hard drive. Generally, a hard drive is divided into several parts to separately store operating system and different application data, which can improve the efficiency of hard drive and make computer users manage various files easier.
The reasons of copying partition to HDD or SSD for Windows 10/8/7
It is common for computer users to copy partition and the benefits are concluded as follows:
In order to protect data safety: “Copy partition” or “clone partition” make it is possible to backup your important data on certain partition to another drive fast to avoid data loss due to virus attack or other accidents.
In order to migrate data: with the popularization of SSD, computer users often want to upgrade HDD to SSD. If all the important data are on one partition and users need to keep only the partition, “copy partition” can quickly migrate the data on the partition to new disk.
In order to save time and energy: “Copy disk” need to copy the whole disk while “copy partition” only copy one division to another disk. This method will save computer user’s much time and great energies.
What is the best partition copy software for Windows 10/8/7
As Windows has no built-in tool to copy partition, computer users have to make duplication of a partition via third party partition copy tool. Here it is highly recommended to apply AOMEI Partition Assistant standard for desktop or laptop users.
It completely meets the demands of good partition copy software. With humanization design of operating interface, it is easy to use and friendly to computer users. Apart from Windows 10/8/7, it also supports Windows XP and Windows Vista. What’s more, different versions of this partition copy freeware can address demands of different customers. For individual users, AOMEI Partition Standard shall be a pretty good option. For commercial and workstation users, the Professional Version is the right choice. As for Server users, the Server Version and higher advanced Versions shall not let fail you.
How to clone partition in Windows10/8/7 via AOMEI Partition Assistant
Something you have to know before staring cloning partition in Windows 10/8/7:
It is unallowable to copy partition to a dynamic disk with AOMEI Partition Assistant.
The destination partition should be wiped out when performing the operation. Therefore, you’d better backup or transfer the data on the destination space.
It is necessary to close any other applications running on the partition that you need to copy before starting to clone partition in Windows 10/8/7; otherwise, this partition copy freeware will inform you to close them or to perform this operation under PreOS Mode.
To copy partition to HDD or SSD via this partition copy software , you shall make following steps:
First of all, you need to connect external hard drive to your computer (if the target space is on same disk, there is no need to do so) and download and install this copy partition software.
Step 1: Launch it. Then right click the partition that you want to copy and choose “Copy Partition”.
Step 2: As the following window shows, AOMEI Partition Assistant offers two methods to clone partition in Windows 10/8/7:
“Copy Partition Quickly”-only copies the used space on source partition and allows computer users to resize and move target partition during the process. The space of target one can be smaller than the source one; but it must be equal or larger than the used space in the source partition.
“Sector-by-Sector Copy”- all sectors including deleted or lost files are cloned to target one. The space of target one shall be equal or large than the source partition.
After realizing the features of two ways, select the one partition copy method as you like and click “Next”.
Step 3: Select an unallocated space. Click “Next”.
Step 4: Resize partition via dragging slide bar leftward and determine the drive letter of the partition. Then, click “Finish”.
Step 5: Please confirm the pending operations and click “Apply”.
PS: AOMEI Partition Assistant also allows the partition contains system on MBR disk to be cloned to another MBR disk. And reboot is required.
From all above mentioned, we can realize that AOMEI Partition Assistant is the best free partition copy software. With the help of this partition copy tool, it is easy to copy partition to another hard drive, even for green hand. Apart from “Partition copy”, AOMEI Partition Assistant allows “Disk Copy” to upgrade HDD to SSD and “Migrate OS to SSD” to transfer Windows 10 or other Windows systems to SSD. However, you must know that this copy partition freeware does not support to migrate OS from GPT disk or to GPT disk. If you have to do so, you can upgrade it to Professional version. AOMEI Partition Professional owns more abundant functions such as convert dynamic disk to basic and quick partition. All of these functions are rather helpful in managing disk for computer users.