How to Create Bootable Clone of Windows 11/10/8/7 Disk to New HDD/SSD

Do you need a simple way to create a bootable clone of Windows 10, 8, or 7 disks to a new HDD or SSD without any boot problems? Follow these steps below and download powerful bootable clone software - EaseUS Disk Copy to clone your Windows 10/8/7 disk to HDD/SSD with ease now.

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Tracy King

Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Before you dive into the detailed information on this topic, let's see what you need to prepare to create bootable clone of Windows disk.

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Can I Create a Bootable Clone of Windows Disk Without Bootable Problem

"Does anyone know how to create a bootable clone of Windows disk to another new HDD or SSD without a boot problem? I'm trying to clone and upgrade a Windows system disk to a bigger hard drive. But the problem is that I search online, and most people tell me that most of their cloned disks won't boot.

I don't want to waste my time cloning the Windows disk but get an unbootable drive at the end. So here is my question: Can I create a bootable clone of the Windows disk without a boot issue? And how?"

What Is Windows 11/10/8/7 Bootable Clone

A Windows 10 bootable clone is an exact copy of a bootable hard drive on the computer, including the operating system and other files. To clone a bootable hard drive for Windows 10, you can choose to clone the entire disk or clone the partition(s) which contain the operating system and related boot files. And it's easy for ordinary people to clone for upgrading their system disk with OS and all data to a new drive without any boot or start issue.

But how? How to make it possible to clone Windows disk without any bootable errors on Windows 11/10/8/7? This tutorial will offer you the right tool - powerful disk clone software and detailed guidelines to help you effectively clone a hard drive without any boot errors.

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Download the Best Disk Clone Software for Windows 11/10/8/7

To guarantee you a smooth disk cloning process on Windows PC and save your precious time and energy, we'd like to recommend you download the best disk cloning software for help, which can help you clone bootable drive without any hassle. It can be used to clone bootable USB drive as well.

EaseUS Disk Copy is a simple-to-use but powerful disk cloning tool that allows you to entirely clone a bootable drive and partition to the new drive with ease. It can also help you clone NVMe SSD to NVMe SSD. The most prominent feature of this software is that if your disk has bad sectors, it can clone and rescue your data from the hard disk to a new device by ignoring the bad sectors.

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And you can even clone a bootable drive to a smaller disk by using this tool. It's fully compatible with all Windows OS, and you can download it and install it on your PC to start creating a bootable clone of your Windows disk on your own.

Note: Activate EaseUS Disk Copy before you start cloning the disk. And if you have a problem with using it, please contact our tech support team for online support without any extra charges.

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How to Create a Bootable Clone of Windows Disk With Simple Steps

Connect the new hard drive or SSD to your computer before starting the cloning process.  Let's see how to clone your Windows PC without any boot problems right now.

Prior Notice:

  • The "Sector by sector copy" asks the size of your destination disk to be at least equal to or larger than that of the source disk. Leave this feature unchecked if you wish to clone a larger hard disk to a smaller hard disk.
  • All data on the destination disk will be completely erased, so take care.

Step 1. To start copying/cloning an entire disk to another, choose this disk as the source disk under "Disk Mode" and click "Next".

select the source disk and click next

Step 2. Choose the other disk as the destination disk.

select the destination disk

Step 3. Check the disk layout of the two disks. You can manage the disk layout of the destination disk by selecting "Autofit the disk", "Copy as the source" or "Edit disk layout". 

click ok when a warning message appears
  • "Autofit the disk" makes some changes by default on the destination disk layout so that it can work at its best status.
  • "Copy as the source"does not change anything on destination disk and the layout is the same as source disk.
  • "Edit disk layout" allows you to manually resize/move partition layout on this destination disk.

Tick the "Check the option if the target is SSD" option to put your SSD in its best performance.

A message now appears, warning you that data will be lost. Please confirm this message by clicking "OK" and then click "Next".

check the diak layout

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to officially execute the task.

click proceed to officially start

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Bootable Clone of Windows to New Disk

In this video, you'll get a step-by-step guide to clone Windows disks to another new HDD or SSD without booting issues. Let's check:

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How to Boot Windows 11/10/8/7 from a Newly Cloned Bootable Disk

To ensure that the cloned Windows disk is bootable on your computer, please do remember to complete the boot order and set your computer to start and boot from your new disk after the whole bootable disk cloning process:

Step 1. Shut down your computer and insert the cloned disk into your Windows PC.

Step 2. Restart PC and continuously press F2 or F8 to enter the BIOS setup.

change boot order

Step 3. Go to the Startup or Boot column and set the computer to boot from your new drive.

set computer to boot from the new drive

Step 4. Save the changes and restart your PC. No extra bootable problems or other issues will occur on your PC anymore.

sav the changes

Extra Tips to Fix Cloned Drive Won't Boot 

If you fail to boot from the cloned drive, you can do the following things to fix it:

  1. 1. Set the correct drive to boot
  2. 2. Correctly connect the SSD or HDD to Your Computer
  3. 3. Add necessary drivers to the cloned SSD/HDD
  4. 4. Restart the cloning process and fix the errors
  5. 5. Fix GPT/MBR conflict

If your cloned drive still cannot boot, you can contact us and let us know more to help you as soon as possible.

Do You Need Specialized Services for System Boot Issues?
EaseUS also provides 1-on-1 remote assistance to fix the boot issue. If the solution above does not work for you, please contact our professionals via Email or LiveChat on this page. To ensure our professional assistance work, you are suggested to connect the unbootable system drive to a healthy computer when getting connected with us.

The Final Words

With the help of EaseUS Disk Copy, you can easily create boot clone for Windows disk without booting problems. Besides, this software also supports cloning Linux HDD to SSD. If you don't know how to boot from the cloned drive, you can also get the details above. As for the method of bootable clone, if you have any suggestions, you can also inform us.

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Windows 11/10/8/7 Clone Bootable Drive FAQs

If you still have problems, you can read the following related questions and answers. 

1. How do I make a clone bootable?

Step 1. Download, install, and run EaseUS Disk Copy on your PC.

Step 2. Select the destination disk where you want to clone/copy the old drive and click Next to continue.

Step 3. Check and edit the disk layout as Autofit the disk, Copy as the source, or Edit disk layout. Autofit the disk is recommended.

Step 4. Click Proceed to start the disk cloning or disk copying process now.

2. Can you clone Windows 10?

Yes, you can. With the help of EaseUS Disk Copy, you can easily clone Windows 10 to a bigger drive without a booting problem.

3. What is the best cloning software for Windows 10?

Best disk cloning and disk imaging software for Windows PC:

  • EaseUS Disk Copy
  • EaseUS Todo Backup 
  • Paragon Drive Copy
  • Macrium Reflect
  • Clonezilla

4. Is a cloned hard drive bootable?

Generally speaking, When you have used professional disk cloning software to clone a live system disk, the target disk is bootable.

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EaseUS Disk Copy is a well designed and very easy-to-use HDD/SSD cloning and migration tool, a tool which should be ideal for anyone wanting to quickly and easily migrate an existing system disk to a new disk (or newly installed SSD drive) with the minimal of configuration required.

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