How to Clone a Bootable Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

EaseUS Todo Backup software provides the easiest and most efficient way to clone bootable hard drive in Windows 10. Try it to migrate OS from HDD to SSD, clone a smaller bootable HDD to a bigger one without reinstalling Windows, or back up OS in case of unexpected system/hard failure.

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Updated by Larissa on Jul 20, 2023
Written by Tracy King

Overview of Cloning Boot Drive

The bootable clone is an exact copy of the bootable hard drive on the computer, including the operating system and other files. To clone a hard drive for Windows 10, you can choose to clone the entire disk or clone the partition(s) which contain the operating system and related boot files.

Bootable clone benefits users a lot, here are some distinct advantages:

  • Upgrade the low-space hard drive and transfer OS to a new hard drive without reinstalling the operating system and applications.
  • Clone OS from HDD to smaller SSD for faster reading & writing speed, and better stability & performance.
  • Back up OS in case of unexpected system failure, so you can revert to the cloned version with a bootable hard drive and keep the precious data intact.

The Best Software to Clone Bootable Drive 

As mentioned above, a bootable clone shows many conveniences. But the premise of these benefits is to choose the right tool. Then, what is the best and software to clone a bootable hard drive most simply and safely? We highly recommend you try EaseUS Todo backup software that offers you the "System Clone" feature to clone boot drive. As long as the system partition and boot partition is on the same drive, you can use this tool to migrate Windows 10 to another hard drive or computer with simple clicks.

How to Clone Bootable Hard Drive for Windows 10/8/7

In this part, we will tell you in detail about how to clone a bootable hard drive and what you need for preparation.


  • A destination drive that is the same size as or larger than your resource hard drive.
  • Backup your files and data. In case any accidents happen, you'd better make a full backup of your important data.

Now download EaseUS Todo Backup and follow the detailed guide below to clone the bootable hard drive.

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Step 1. On the main page, find and click "Tools", system clone and other utilities are here.

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Step 2. EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically select the boot and system partition, choose the target disk and click "Next."

system clone step1

*System clone will wipe out all data and does not support cloning MBR disk to GPT or vice versa. Make sure that the partition style of the source disk and the target disk are the same.

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Step 3. If the target disk is a SSD, choose optimize for SSD in the advanced options.

Optimize for SSD

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start cloning.

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We also give you the video tutorial to clone a bootable drive with EaseUS Todo Backup.

Don't Hesitate! Start Cloning Now

On this page, we introduce a handy tool - EaseUS Todo Backup for those users who want to clone boot drive. It is a difficult task before we know there is third-party software that can help us finish it. Now with the tool we recommend, you can upgrade to the new hard drive in a few clicks. 

Apart from the system clone, EaseUS Todo Backup is also renowned for its great abilities of file backup, cloud backup, and disk/partition backup. You can make a full backup, scheduled backup, or a smart backup to protect the frequently changed data. Don't hesitate, download EaseUS Todo Backup now, and ease your data management.

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FAQ on Clone a Bootable Hard Drive

What is a bootable clone?

The bootable clone is an exact copy of the bootable hard drive on the computer, including the operating system and other files.

How do I clone a bootable hard drive Windows 10?

First, prepare a new hard drive that is the same size as or larger than your resource hard drive. and back up your files and data. Then, download EaseUS Todo Backup, click the Tools option, and choose System Clone. It will automatically select the boot and system partition, choose the target disk and click Next. Finally, click Proceed to start cloning

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Updated by Larissa

Larissa has rich experience in writing technical articles. After joining EaseUS, she frantically learned about data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and other related knowledge. Now she is able to master the relevant content proficiently and write effective step-by-step guides on computer issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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