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How to Clone Laptop Hard Drive

Updated on Aug 28, 2018 by Jean to Backup Utility

Summary:
Trying to upgrade a small hard drive to a large one or copy an old laptop hard drive to a new hard drive? In many cases, people need to clone laptop hard disk to transfer system, installed applications, data and even settings from one hard disk drive to another. Here we will show you how to clone a hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup step by step.

What will you need to clone a laptop hard drive?

For an easy and successful laptop hard drive clone, you need to make full preparations in advance. Here are all that you need: 

1. A Destination Drive

You should have a destination hard drive, no matter it's an HDD, SSD or even a removable disk, only make sure that it has at least the same size as the source disk or larger.

2. A reliable Disk Cloning Software

You'd better find a powerful, safe and easy-to-use disk cloning software, so you can clone laptop drive to new drive successfully with no hassle. Here we recommend you EaseUS Windows backup software as well hard disk/partition cloning software. It can help you copy all the content on the previous disk to the new hard drive with the least effort. 

How to clone a laptop hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup

Useful tips for you to clone a disk/partition with success:

  • If the original hard disk contains the system partition, please tick "Shut down the computer when the operation completed" option. The software will shut down automatically the computer when the clone completed.
  • Remove either the source disk or destination disk from the computer so that the computer can boot normally when the source disk contains boot partition.
  • If you want to boot from the destination disk, we recommend you change the boot order in BIOS.
  • If the computer fails to boot from the destination disk after the clone, we suggest you clone the source disk to another disk with the same HDD interface.
  • If you choose to clone a hidden partition, the cloned one will be unhidden.
  • The large hard drive can be cloned to small hard drive as long as the capacity of destination hard drive is equal to or larger than the used space of the original hard drive.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone".

choose clone to start cloning a disk or partition with easeus todo backup

Step 2. Select a source disk/partition you want to clone. Click "Next".

choose a source disk

Step 3. Select a destination disk/partition. Under "Advanced options", tick the option "Optimize for SSD" or "Sector by sector clone" when it's necessary. Click "Next".

choose a destination disk

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and then click "Proceed" to execute the disk/partition cloning with EaseUS Todo Backup.

preview disk layout and click proceed