How to Clone A Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7 with Free Clone Software?

April 26, 2016

Free hard drive clone software enables you to clone a hard drive (HDD) in Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 to a new larger hard drive without reinstalling operating system and applications.

Why clone hard drive

One day, if you have bought a new hard drive which is larger than the current one, you may want to clone the data, operating system and installed applications to the new hard drive. However, it is a much time-consuming process from backing up all these things to copy them into another hard drive. Because of this reason, you attempt to find an easy way to finish cloning hard drive. Due to there are so many disk partition software on the market, it is hard to choose the best hard drive clone software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition - free for home users, can help you perfectly realize the task with data safe and system bootable.

Precondition for cloning a hard drive

In order to make sure the change succeed, all the following is imperative:

  1. Make sure the new hard drive is workable in your computer.
  2. Open the computer, and initialize hard drive as the same as the original one (the disk you want to clone) with Disk Management.

Clone hard drive with free AOMEI Partition Assistant

The following will show an example: an old 30GB hard drive is replaced by a new 100GB disk. Here are the steps below:

Step 1: Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition and run it.

Step 2: Click "Disk Copy Wizard" on the left menu and select the clone method you want (The picture will show Sector-by-Sector Copy). After that, please choose "Next".

Step 3: In the coming window, choose the original hard drive (the one you want to clone) and click "Next".

Step 4: On the Select Destination Disk window, choose the target hard drive and select "Next" to go on.

Step 5: The picture below will remind you how to boot operating system from the destination hard drive. Please click "Finish" to come back to the main interface.

Step 6: You can preview the changes after finishing the above steps. In the end, click "Apply" to commit if you are sure.

After having done the clone, you can resize/move/merge/delete partition and extend system volume with AOMEI Partition Assistant. It is the best software with simple, fast and safe operations. Having so excellent software, why not download it to be your assistant?