How to Copy or Clone a Hard Drive

Jean updated on Apr 02, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Do you know how to clone a hard drive safely?

Disk clone allows you to copy all the content on a disk to another one in the easiest way. And you might be required to clone hard drive in many situations, for example, when you want to create a bootable CD/DVD or USB disk or upgrade hard drive to a newer or larger hard disk, you might need to clone HDD to transfer the whole contents of your hard drive. Especially when the hard drive contains system, you can't just drag and drop files in Windows to the new drive, because just copying and pasting Windows files will result in system unbootable from a new hard drive. However, do you know how to clone hard drive safely and successfully? Here we will introduce you a reliable disk clone software and it will guide you clone one hard drive to another with little effort.

What Is the Best Tool to Clone a Hard Drive

To copy or clone hard drive, you should first figure out that a third party disk clone software is necessary. Here, EaseUS Windows backup software, professional backup software with powerful disk clone feature is recommended. The program can do a perfect job to clone hard drive by copying your entire hard drive to another with either fast file-by-file copy or sector-by-sector copy. And it also offers safe hard drive disk copy/clone solution to transfer your data on the old disk to a new one, back up the system such as clone system disk Windows 10 or image hard drive in case of computer crash or system failure. Now you can learn how to clone hard drive with this hard drive clone software step by step.

Detailed Steps to clone hard drive:

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

Finish all these steps, you can successfully clone your hard drive and you can also check the cloned disk in the Disk Management by right-clicking "My computer" and choose "Manage" -> "Storage" -> "Disk Management".

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.