Clone Hard Drive with Free Software Windows 10

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

Why Clone Hard Disk Drive

Are you planning to upgrade the old hard drive or operating system hard drive to a new and bigger one for your PC? How can you make an identical copy of the hard drive? How can you safely upgrade your operating system without bootable failure problem?

Is there any safe and convenient way available to transfer data and upgrade to a newer, larger hard drive? Or is there Windows 10 clone software to clone system disk Windows 10? Actually, the way to clone your operating system hard drive or the other non-system disk exactly to the new one would be much safer and more convenient than reinstall Windows and load all applications all over again.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is a freeware tool that is perfect to clone hard drive. The software is neat, clean and very straight forward and free to download as well. Using this tool you can freely clone Windows 10 OS to new hard drive within few minutes. You can use the Disk Clone option to clone the whole hard drive to another under Windows 10. Unlike the simple copy and paste, Clone will allow you to start your computer as well as program normally without reinstalling the system and other applications. Cloning is just an extra feature of EaseUS Todo Backup, you can use this tool to perform Windows 10 backup and restore operations. Let's see how to clone hard drive under Windows 10 now.

How to Use Windows 10 Clone Software

To clone an old hard drive to a new and bigger one, EaseUS Todo Backup is one of the best choices because of its easy-to-use features and powerful functions. 

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

Besides cloning disk, EaseUS Todo Backup also provides file backup, disk backup, full backup, incremental backup, differential backup, schedule backup, etc. features to protect your data.

 
 

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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.