How to Clone a Computer to Another Computer in Windows 10/8/7

Tracy King updated on Jun 05, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Clone One PC to Another PC - the Easiest Way to Transfer OS and Data

"My old computer is out of space, now I want to transfer some important data to another computer, is there any safe and easy way to do that?"

Frustrated with less space due to crammed disk with ever-changing data stored on it? Hope to transfer data from a PC to another PC for more free space or data backup? You know, you can do the data transfer job manually by copying your files one by one from one computer to another. But this method is not recommended because it is time-consuming. Then, a question comes out: what is the safest and easiest way? Here we can give you the answer - cloning a computer to another. Being efficient and convenient, it is your best bet. And in this page, we will talk about PC disk clone and tell you how to clone a PC to another PC in Windows 10/8/7 for operating system & data transfer via third-party backup software

Best Software to Clone One Computer to Another - Easeus Todo Backup 

EaseUS Todo Backup is the best backup software which is designed to deal with all hard drive backup & clone job in Windows 10/8/7 or other previous Windows versions for home users. By cloning the whole computer hard drive to another hard drive, and then install the cloned drive to your new computer, you can try this program to transfer data and even the operating system like Windows 10/8/7 from one computer hard drive to another safely and easily.

If you are trying to clone Windows 10 to a new HDD or SSD disk, please do remember to empty the disk in advance. 
One more thing that you can do is to convert your HDD/SSD disk to MBR or GPT - exact the same as your current system disk, which will allow you to effortlessly boot system after cloning Windows system.

Let's see how to clone your Windows 10 OS to a new HDD/SSD without reinstallation Windows OS now:

Step 1. Connect the new HDD/SSD to your PC.

Step 2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup for Windows 10 Clone.

Select "System Clone" on the left tool panel by clicking the icon at the left top corner.

Choose system clone mode in EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 3. Choose the destination disk - HDD/SSD to save Windows 10 system

Choose the new HDD or SSD as your target disk for saving the cloned Windows 10 system. 

Then click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows 10 to HDD/SSD now.

Choose disk to save Windows 10 system

After this, insert your new HDD or SSD into your computer and reboot PC, change the boot order to set computer boot from new HDD/SSD with cloned Windows 10 system:

  • Restart PC and press F2 or F8 to enter BIOS settings.
  • In the Boot option, select new HDD/SSD as the new boot drive and save all the changes.
  • Exit BIOS and restart the computer, you should be able to see Windows 10 running on your new disk without any problems.

Useful Tips to Avoid Cloned Hard Drive Won't Boot Issue

What's more, if you want to transfer or move your operating system like Windows 10/8/7 or other previous Windows versions from one computer hard drive to another, here are some useful tips to help you avoid cloned hard drive won't boot issue.

1. Make sure the destination PC hard drive is equal or larger than the used space of the source computer hard drive.
2. Make sure you have cloned the system reserved partition besides the system partition (C: drive). 
3. Make sure you have set the clone hard drive as the first boot drive.
4. Make sure both of the source disk and the destination disk are the same MBR disk or GPT disk. If not, convert MBR to GPT disk or vise verse.
5. Make sure your computer support UEFI boot mode if the clone hard drive is GPT partitioned.
6. Check if your clone uses an MBR system partition. If this is true, you must enable CSM  in your BIOS which allows you to boot from both UEFI and Legacy OPROM devices.
7. Put out to source disk and replace it with the cloned disk.


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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.