How to Clone Windows 7 to New Hard Drive Instead of Reinstallation?

December 29, 2018

On this page, you will learn how to clone Windows 7 to new hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant step by step. With this tool, you can copy Windows 7/8/10 partition to new SSD/HDD instead of performing a clean install.

Why clone Windows 7 to new hard drive?

There are many reasons why you might need to clone Windows 7/8/10 to a new hard drive.

  • Make a system backup so that you can quickly and easily restore your customized Windows operating system if your main drive fails.

  • Suffer a slow system boot and want to upgrade to a new faster SSD from a traditional hard drive.

  • Get a new computer and want to use the customized Windows on it to replace the old computer.

  • The old system drive is full of numerous large-size applications and causes a slow running speed.

In such cases, you will probably want to clone the original Windows OS drive onto a new hard drive. 

Best software to copy Windows 10/8/7 to another new hard drive

So how can you transfer Windows 7/8/10 partition to new hard drive easily instead of reinstalling Windows operating system and other installed applications on this drive? By far, the easiest way is to use a professional disk cloning software like AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is designed for  Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Vista (32/64-bit) users. 

With this software, you can clone entire hard disk, including the Windows partition and other data partitions, to the new HDD or SSD drive. Besides, it also permits you to copy a certain partition, either Windows partition or data partition, to another disk. What's more, it develops a specific feature for cloning Windows called "Migrate OS to SSD Wizard", which can migrate only Windows 10/8/7 drive to new disk as easily as possible. 

Step-by-step tutorial for Windows 7/8/10 migration with AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro

In this part, we will show you how to migrate/clone Windows OS from one disk to another in detail.

Before you proceed to the tutorial, please remember:

  • Make a backup of the original system drive via AOMEI Backupper in case that some unexpected and uncontrollable issues occur during the Windows migration.

  • Verify that there is an unallocated space on the target disk, which should be equal and larger than used space of the Windows partition.

  • If you are planning to migrate Windows OS drive from MBR disk to GPT disk, check whether your motherboard supports UEFI boot mode, since you need to change boot mode from Legacy BIOS to UEFI after migration is completed.

Then do as follow:

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. You will get disk partition information as the picture below. Then, click "Migrate OS to SSD or HDD" on the left side under Wizards column. In the pop-up window, click "Next" to continue.

Migrate OS

Step2. Choose an unallocated space on the destination disk (SSD or HDD) as you need in the window, and then hit "Next".

Select Destination Disk

Step3. You could keep the default settings or modify the information (including size, location, and drive letter) of the partition on new disk based on your requirements or preference.

Resize Partition

Step4. After setting up all the information, click "Next" to skim over the note about "Boot Operating System".

Boot Note

Step5. Click "Finish" and you will be back to the main interface where changes preview will be displayed. Click "Apply" button to commit the "Pending Operations" in order to execute the migration operation.


Wrapping things up

So, with AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, you can easily clone Windows 7 to new hard drive. Same steps could be applied to Windows 8/8.1/XP/Vista migration. What’s more, after moving Windows OS to SSD/HDD, you can also take it anywhere and launch the system on any machine. Most importantly, this functional software also comes with many other amazing features like converting boot disk between MBR and GPT styles, recovering lost/deleted partition, enlarge system drive and more.