How to Backup Hard Drive to Another Hard Drive 2023 [Windows & Mac]

This page covers how to backup a hard drive to another hard drive and guides you step by step. Hope it can help with your backup plan.

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Updated by Jean on Feb 22, 2023
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As an important storage device, a hard drive, also known as a hard disk drive, is necessary for the modern and digital society. But then, what if your hard drive is fully occupied? Undoubtedly, you need to backup a hard drive to another hard drive to get more space if you don't have an external backup. Or you just want to avoid data loss due to accidental deletion. But, no matter its reason, it is an excellent choice to back up the hard drive to another hard drive.

But do you know how to backup a hard drive to another hard drive? Indeed, there are many tools, and I will introduce them to you next.

How to Backup Hard Drive to Another Hard Drive?

How do you backup hard drive to another one? Try the following three methods:

  • Backup and Restore in Windows
  • Time Machine in Mac
  • EaseUS Todo Backup for Both Windows & Mac

But what is the easiest way to back up a hard drive to another hard disk? You may need EaseUS Todo Backup.

EaseUS Todo Backup is a stress-free backup and restore software with strong functions. It enables you to back up your data to Cloud and make an automatic backup to an external hard drive. Especially if you are not an expert in computers, it will help you a lot. You will learn more after browsing the content below.

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What Can EaseUS Todo Backup Do?

EaseUS Todo Backup makes it easy to backup. With it, the backup service is available even if you are not good at using a computer. No matter where you are or when it is, it can back up your files, folders, and partitions and even enable you to have a system backup while keeping your data intact and safe.

  • It supports automatic backup and provides three backup modes, full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup.
  • EaseUS Todo Backup allows you to backup and transfers the system easily while keeping your data safe.
  • It allows you to back up your files and disks.
  • It also provides advanced options to proceed with settings according to your needs.

Also, it is easy to use, safe, and time-saving. You will be clearer and know more about this trustworthy backup software after reading the next part, where I will respectively show you how to backup a hard disk to another hard drive in Windows and Mac.

Backup Hard Drive to Another Hard Drive in Windows 

How to backup hard drive to another hard disk in Windows? It is easy to do backup with EaseUs Todo Backup. Now, let's see how easy it is.

Method 1:Backup Hard Drive to Another Hard Drive with EaseUS

Now, it is time to show you how to backup a hard drive to another hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 1. Start with selecting the backup contents.

create disk backup step1

Step 2. There are four backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click Disk.

create disk backup step2

Step 3. It is available to back up a whole disk or a certain partition. Choose the one you need and click OK.

disk partition backup

Step 4.  Select the destination where you want to save the backup.

Disk backup step4

Step 5. For disk/partition backup, you can choose to save the backup to local drive or to NAS.

Disk backup step5

Step 6. After the backup process is completed, your task will be displayed at the left. Right-click any one of the task, you can further manage your backup such as recover it, create incremental backup, etc.

Disk backup step6

That is the whole backup process. It is easy to backup with EaseUS Todo Backup. You are also free to use Windows built-in tools to backup some files, but to backup an entire hard drive at once, we still recommend the EaseUS Todo Backup, as Windows doesn't support back up disks or partitions. Next, I will show you how to backup with File History.

Method 2. Using File History to Backup

Backing up with File History is not as complicated as you thought. Now I will guide you step by step. First, select the Settings from the Start menu and follow these steps:

Step 1. Select the Update and Security > Backup > Backup Using File History.

Step 2. Choose a Backup Destination for Your Backup Files. You can click "More Options" to proceed with more settings.

click more options

Step 3. If you have selected the backup destination, turn on the Automatically Backup My Files, and Windows will start backing up files to your hard drive.

backup options

Windows backup files every hour by default, but you can change this setting based on your needs. I have introduced two backup ways, but you may still be curious about backup in Mac. You will know more after reading the next part.

Backup Hard Drive to Another Hard Drive in Mac

So how will you back up a hard drive to another disk on a Mac computer? Here you have two options:

  • Use EaseUS Todo Backup.
  • Time Machine.

Now, I will introduce the two ways to you here.

Method 1:Backup Hard Drive to Another Hard Drive with EaseUS Todo Backup

Here, just follow these steps, and you can achieve backing up with EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 1. Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac.
Click the first Backup tab or simply click the + button in the bottom-left corner to create a backup project - name the backup project and click OK.

Set up to backup Mac data without Time Machine.

Step 2. Set up the backup destination where you want to store Mac files as backups, automatic backup frequency, etc and click OK.

Backup Mac data without Time Machine.

Step 3. Add files and folders to the backup project.
Click File+ to selectively choose files and folders to add to the backup and click the blue start button to back up your Mac to another drive or external device.

Backup Mac files and data with Time Machine alternative software.

With these steps, you can backup the hard drive to another but if you want to use Time Machine to backup, continue to read.

Method 2. Backup Hard Drive Files with Time Machine

Time Machine has some limitations. It can't back up Your iOS devices, iCloud content, email messages or accounts, network settings, and specific system files and applications. Okay, now, let's learn how to use Time Machine. 

Step 1. Click System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose Time Machine.

open time machine

Step 2. click "Select Disk" and choose the connected backup drive as the disk.

Step 3. Tick the Back Up Automatically box, and then Time Machine will automatically create backup files to your backup drive. Also, you can set it up to show Time Machine in the menu bar.

automatic backup

You can learn that from above, whether it is Time Machine or File History, they both have some limitations, so download EaseUS Todo Backup and have a try if you want to have an easy and full backup of Windows 11 or Mac.


There are many backup tools in the market. Some are built-in tools, while some are third-party utility backup software. Choosing a suitable and convenient way to back up a hard drive to another is the most important. If you are being disturbed by troublesome backup steps, why not just download EaseUS Todo Backup and have a try?

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FAQs about Backup a Hard Drive to Another - You May Also Like to Know

I list three questions here and hope they will help with your further questions.

How do I backup my C drive to an external hard drive?

You can use File History to back up to an external drive. Select Start > Settings > Update and Security > Backup > Add a drive. Then choose an external drive or network location for your backups. Then, you can start your backup plan.

How to backup a dell laptop to an external hard drive?

Turn on your device > Click Start > Settings > Update and Security > Backup > Add a Drive. Then choose an external drive or network storage for your backups.

Can I copy an external hard drive to another external hard drive?

Yes, you can. Right-click a file from one of the hard drives and click "Copy".

Right-click an empty spot on the hard drive you want to transfer the file and click "Paste".

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Updated by Jean

Since graduating from university, Jean has been writing tech articles and has been a valuable member of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her areas of expertise include data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and multimedia world.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge.

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