How to Migrate System/Data/Programs from One Hard Drive to Another

Brithny updated on Sep 12, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

When Hard Drive Migration Software Is Needed

Most of the time, computer users consider migrating hard drive for the reasons that:

  • The old hard drive is too small to store the increasing data, and you need to transfer them to a bigger one.
  • You purchased a second hard drive which is bigger and faster than the current one, and you want to move programs and data from the old hard drive to the new one.
  • When recognizing computer, you have to do data migration to use precious space rationally.

If your data you want to migrate is not too big, there is no need to turn to professional software. Just select the target files and click the right mouse button, "Copy" and "Paste" can transfer your data to another hard drive simply. But if the data takes up too much space and contains system files or applications, things become not so simple and you need to individually install each application again. How to avoid this big trouble? Professional hard drive migration software is necessary!

There are two methods to help you realize data and system migration, you never need to reinstall the operating system or any applications.

Hard Drive Data Migration Software

Hard drive imaging software creates an exact image of your hard drive, which can be restored to the new hard drive. This kind of software also will ensure the normal use of the operating system and applications. It is not only a data and system migrating tool but also the efficient backup solution.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free is a free PC migration software to migrate data (including music, pictures, documents, videos, etc) and applications from one PC to another, from Windows XP to Windows Vista/7/8/8.1, from 32-bit OS to 64-bit OS.

Tutorial guide: How to transfer data from one hard drive to another

Hard Drive Clone Software

Not like simply copy, disk cloning software can migrate data hard drive and system hard drive to a new hard drive file by file or sector by sector. The original operating system will run normally in the new hard drive, and all the personal settings and applications will be kept safely.

Figuring out a safe one is not easy because many software tools have flooded the market, claiming to be the best tool to migrate a hard drive data. After a long time survey, authoritative editors recommend one which enjoys great popularity - EaseUS Todo Backup. Do you want to know whether it is a hard drive cloning or imaging software? It owns both disk clone and disk image functions. Download it first, and follow the steps here to migrate hard drive.

Hard drive migration software - EaseUS Todo Backup Free

Case 1: Clone hard drive

Case 2: Backup hard drive to migrate

 
 

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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.