By AOMEI / Last Updated September 10, 2019

Do you have a plan to upgrade your present drive to a bigger one for your computer as time goes by? Generally speaking, as the users of Windows 10, most of them have the plan. What’s more, they hope they can transfer their current system, applications and useful data together to the bigger hard drive. In this way, there is no need for them to reinstall them one by one again.

But how can they do? Directly copy them one by one? Surely this is not the wise method due to it is time consuming. Furthermore, Windows may fail to boot, so is there a way to solve the problem? Fortunately, there is a convenient way for you to solve the problem by cloning hard drive in Windows 10, which enables you to copy your present hard drive to another one.

How to clone hard disk on Windows 10? The answer is using a free hard drive cloning software -AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which devotes in disk management. In general, it has these merits:

  • Supports clone larger hard drive to smaller SSD or HDD with its "Clone Disk Quickly" feature.

  • Supports make bootable media so that you could perform operations without loading operating system.

  • Supports SSD partition alignment, which will improve SSD's performance if you clone hard drive to SSD.

Also, with this software, you can completely manage your disk partitions easily. Now, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to clone a hard drive on Windows 10.

Step1: Download this free software, install, and open it. Choose Disk Clone Wizard on the left bar.

Tools

Step2: Select Clone Disk Quickly and then click Next.

Copy Methods

Tips:

  • Clone disk quickly allows you to only copy the used space of the disk.

  • Sector-by-sector clone enables you to copy all the sectors of the disk whether it is use or not.

Step3: Choose the hard drive you want to clone as resource disk (eg. Disk1). And then click Next.

Source Disk

Step4: Select destination disk (Disk 2) and click Next.

Target One

Step5: Click Yes to perform the operation.

Step6: (Optional) If you cloned system hard drive and want to boot from the cloned drive, you may need to change boot order in BIOS or replace old hard drive with the new cloned one.

Notes:

  • The deleted or lost files can only be copied to the destination hard drive with "Sector-by-Sector Clone" method.

  • If the hard drive you want to clone contains system/boot partition, the operation will be completed under the “PreOS Mode”.

  • You can choose “Optimize the performance of SSD”in Step4 to improve the reading and writing speed if the selected destination disk is an SSD storage.

Conclusion

It is well acknowledge that Disk Management in Windows 10 can’t help you clone your disk quickly, however with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard you can clone hard drive in Windows 10 without losing any data. This free but professional software is useful for your partition management. As a wise user, you can’t miss AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. So just have a try.