How to Clone Laptop Hard Drive

Jean updated on Apr 15, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

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

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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

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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.