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How to Replace or Upgrade System Drive in Windows 10

Updated on Apr 15, 2019 by Jean to Backup Utility

Want to upgrade system hard drive to a larger or newer one? This page tells you how to replace hard drive without reinstalling system & programs and data loss by disk cloning.

In some cases, Windows 10 users might need to upgrade their small hard disk to a larger one or replace the old hard disk with a newer one. But for average users who have no technical skill or experience of hard drive upgrade, it is not an easy task. So, on this page, we would like to offer you a safe, easy and efficient solution. It will guide you to upgrade system drive or replace system disk in Windows 10 with ease.

What Is the Best Way to Upgrade System Drive in Windows 10

Replace system drive is difficult because you are required to find a way to easily transfer the system, installed applications and all your data from the old hard drive to the new one. Otherwise, you have to spend much of your time reinstalling the system, programs and copying your personal files manually. But what is the best way to do the migration job? Here we recommend you to try clone one hard drive to another with third-party backup software with disk clone feature. This method can help you upgrade the Windows 10 system drive while keeping all the information in an easy and safe way. 

How to Replace System Drive with Easeus Backup Software

EaseUS Windows backup software is a reliable backup utility with disk clone feature. The program can create a duplication of the existing drive (including arcana such as its master boot record and file allocation table) to another internal/external drive. By this way, it can help you replace system hard drive in Windows 10 without data loss. Now you can download this tool and follow the guide below to start your system disk upgrade job.

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone".

click clone to clone system disk

Step 2: Select the source disk which contains the operating system.

select the system disk as the source disk to clone

Step 3: Choose the destination disk.

select a destination to save the disk image

Advanced options:

These advanced settings can help you clone a drive more stable and smoothly in some special case. However, without these advanced settings, EaseUS Todo backup can still give you an exact and intact clone.

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. As a result, the target will be equal in size to the disk being cloned after the process. This option is found in the same step where you choose the destination hard disk/partition both in the Disk clone and Partition clone wizard.

Create a Portable Windows USB drive - This option ensures that the cloned USB system disk is able to boot normally.

Step 4: Preview and save the changes and the software will start to clone your system disk.

preview the changes and start to clone system disk