How to Copy or Clone Windows XP OS to HDD/SSD

This is a step-by-step tutorial that shows how to clone Windows XP to SSD or HDD with EaseUS cloning software. Try it to clone your Windows XP system or hard drive with ease.

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Updated by Larissa on Nov 01, 2022
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Windows XP is an operating system that Microsoft released in 2001. Even though Windows 10 is the most commonly used operating system now, there are some users who still insist on using Windows XP. When Windows XP users would want to upgrade to a larger hard drive, they may consider cloning the old hard drive in order to keep all the data.

If you are one of the users mentioned before, one thing that bothers you must be 'How to clone a hard drive by myself?' This article is meant to help you out. Here, we will introduce how to clone Windows XP to a new HDD/SSD in simple clicks. Keep reading and check more details.

3 Simple Steps to Clone Windows XP to SSD or HDD

To clone the hard drive in Windows XP, we strongly recommend you to choose a third-party tool - EaseUS Todo Backup for help. It is developed for users to clone the computer system and back up the computer data easily. For more amazing features, check the list below:

  • It helps in cloning, upgrading, or transferring the system easily.
  • Do not require much advanced computer knowledge.
  • Cloning hard drive in three simple steps. Even a new hand can do it by himself.
  • Provides four backup types: full backup, incremental backup, differential backup, and schedule backup.
  • 100% safe. Certificated by authorized agencies like SOFTPEDIA, PCWorld, and techradar, etc.

Download EaseUS Todo Backup now, and follow the step-by-step guide below to see how to clone Windows XP.

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Preparations before hard drive cloning

Connect your new drive to the computer. If your computer has only one disk slot, connect the hard drive via a SATA-to-USB connection cable. If your computer has a second slot, install the new drive to your PC. 

Initialize the new HDD/SSD. If you need to clone and upgrade the hard drive in Windows PC, initialize the new drive in Disk Management.

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

system clone step1

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.

system clone step3

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.

clone system step4

After cloning Windows XP, if you want to use a new HDD or SSD to replace the Windows XP system drive, please shut down the computer and replace the Windows XP drive with the new cloned HDD or SSD.

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see how to use EaseUS Todo Backup to clone OS to a new HDD/SSD.

Tips: EaseUS Todo Backup with recovery to dissimilar hardware can copy your present system to new hardware without reinstallation.

The Bottom Line

That's all about cloning hard drive in Windows XP. As you can see, it is quite easy to clone OS with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup. You can also apply this software to back up your partitions and computer data. Because losing data is very discouraging. To protect data, regular backup makes sense.

FAQ on Clone Windows XP OS to HDD/SSD

Can I clone OS from HDD to SSD?

Cloning OS from HDD to SSD is a simple and effective way to upgrade your hard drive. And it can be done with EaseUS Todo Backup with ease. Before cloning, you need to connect your new drive to the computer and initialize the new SSD.

How do I clone Windows XP to a new hard drive?

First, connect your new drive to the computer and initialize the new SSD. Then, perform a system clone with EaseUS Todo Backup. After the cloning process finishes, use the new HDD or SSD to replace the Windows XP system drive, please shut down the computer and replace the Windows XP drive with the new cloned HDD or SSD.

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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 Jean

Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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