About transferring OS to new hard drive in Windows 7
Sometimes, you may want to clone OS (operating system) from the old hard drive to a lager new one spontaneously. Perhaps, it is personal reason or system's need. No matter which purpose you come from, it is always a waste of time to backup all the data or reinstall the OS. This brings you into a difficult circumstance. Is there any cloning software to copy entire OS to new hard drive without reinstalling?
Yes! AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is free OS migrating software. Such problem is a piece of cake with this disk manager software. Moreover, the Standard edition is free for home users and you can easily solve the problem completely. It supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (32 bit or 64 bit). With its simplified interface, even a computer novice can operate it.
How to copy OS to new hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant?
Two kinds of partition copy methods are provided by AOMEI Partition Assistant. They are as follows:
No.1: "Copy Partition Quickly"
It only copies the used space of source partition and support to resize and move drive during the copy process. This kind of duplicate is recommend by AOMEI. Before doing the copy, the unallocated space in target disk must be equal to or larger than the used space of source partition.
No.2: "Sector-by-Sector Copy"
It copies all sectors of the drive to another disk no matter whether it is used or not. During the process, you cannot adjust the size of drive, but you can change the location in the destination disk. The new hard drive's size is entirely equal to the original one. Similarly, the free space in target hard drive must be equal or larger than the occupied space in original partition. By this way, you can copy entire OS partition to new hard drive.
Note: The following example is an illustration of method 1.
Steps to copy OS to new hard drive in Windows 7
Let me show you a case to clone OS to new hard drive with this free clone software. Before you do all the operations below, please clearly understand two things firstly. One is that only an unallocated space can be selected as the destination space and it must be equal or larger than the used space of source partition. The other is OS cloning is operated under PreOS Mode, so reboot is needed.
Step 1: Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition and start it. You will see the main interface, right click system drive C and choose "Copy Partition".
Step 2: Choose the partition copy method in the displayed window. Then, select "Next".
Step 3: Choose the target disk and click "Next" to continue. In the coming window, you can adjust and change location of the new drive. After that, please select "Finish".
Step 4: Make sure all the procedures before are correct and click "Apply". According to the system prompt, please choose "Proceed" to realize the changes.
To copy Windows OS to another hard drive, you can also refer to Migrate OS to SSD feature in AOMEI Partition Assistant.
If you need to migrate OS from MBR to GPT or GPT to GPT, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional edition.
Many other helpful features in this utility can solve practical issues. For instance, if you want to replace current hard drive with new drive, turn to Disk Copy Wizard. If you want to move OS to SSD from HDD while keeping files on HDD, like you do in this article, turn to Migrate OS to SSD or Partition Copy. If you want to choose the best method for yourself, please download it to have a try!