How to Clone Encrypted Hard Drive to SSD/HDD

Tracy King updated on Apr 03, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

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Which Program Supports Cloning Encrypted Hard Drive
EaseUS Todo Backup Guide: Sector-by-sector Clone Encrypted Hard Drive to HDD/SSD

Which Program Supports Cloning Encrypted Hard Drive

"Does anyone know which disk cloning software fully supports cloning the encrypted hard drive? I got two computers, and the memory of one now needs upgrading to a larger size HDD, while the other I'm thinking to replace it with a Solid State Drive. I use TrueCrypt and BitLocker by the way."

To keep data security and prevent privacy leak, many businesses are getting used to applying Windows encryption feature or some third-party drive encryption software to encrypt the hard drive, giving anyone else no access to the disk data unless he/she knows the hardware code or encryption password.

When it comes to cloning hard drive that is encrypted/locked, people encountered many obstacles like the encrypted hard drive is recognized as an unknown hard drive. If they want to clone the encrypted hard drive, without a password, they may use the sector-by-sector clone software to make this work. But it's better to unencrypt your hard drive in advance to make sure that the cloned data can be used.

However, they don't know what software is the best to clone a hard drive to SSD or HDD, and some of whom cloned encrypted hard drive successfully cannot boot from the target drive, which is also encrypted as the source disk. In a word, they failed to clone the encrypted hard drive in various scenarios.

EaseUS Todo Backup Guide: Sector-by-sector Clone Encrypted Hard Drive to HDD/SSD

When you failed to clone the encrypted hard drive, no matter what cloning program you were using, it's time to switch to EaseUS Todo Backup, which allows sector by sector clone for any encrypted hard drive to SSD or HDD with larger capacity.

By using EaseUS free backup software to clone an encrypted hard drive, technically, the target disk will also in an encryption state, just the same as the source disk. You can try either clone encrypted hard drive directly or decrypt/unlock the source disk before cloning, in this case, the target disk won't require an encryption password.

Tip
You can definitely use EaseUS software to clone an encrypted hard drive, however, if the exact hard drive has OS installed, to ensure a normal boot from the cloned hard drive, please make sure that you decrypted the hard drive before taking the following steps to start the clone.

1. Launch EaseUS disk cloning software and click Clone. And then select the source hard disk you want to clone.

select the hard drive to clone

2. Select the destination disk. 

select the destination for your hard drive backup

Tips: 

  • The destination disk could be a hard disk or an SSD. It must have enough space.
  • Optimize for SSD - If the destination disk is an SSD, checking this option will ensure sector alignment in the process.
  • Sector by sector clone - A sector by sector clone ensures that the destination hard disk/partition is exactly the same as the source hard disk/partition. It will clone all the sectors if the option is checked, even if the sector is blank.
  • Create a Portable Windows USB drive - This option ensures that the cloned USB system disk is able to boot normally.

3. Preview the disk layout after cloning. Finally, you can click Proceed to clone one hard drive to another with one click.

preview the settings and start to clone your hard drive
 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.