2021 Tips | How to Create Bootable Clone of Windows 10/8/7 Disk to New HDD/SSD

  • 1.Download and install EaseUS Disk Copy on your PC
  • 2.Select the source disk and target disk, click Next
  • 3.Check or edit the disk layout as you like, click Proceed
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Tracy King updated on Sep 14, 2021 to Disk/Partition Clone | How-to Articles

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 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 that most of their cloned disk 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 Windows disk without boot issue? And how?"

What Is Windows 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 10/8/7? This tutorial will offer you the right tool - powerful bootable disk clone software and detailed guidelines to help you effectively clone Windows disk without any boot errors.

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

To guarantee you with a smooth disk cloning process on Windows PC and save your precious time and energy, we'd like to recommend you download the best bootable disk clone software for help.

EaseUS Disk Copy is a simple-to-use but powerful disk cloning tool which allows you to entirely clone or copy disk and partition to the new drive with ease. 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.

And you can even clone disk data to a smaller drive 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.


  • Easy to use: This simple disk cloning software helps you make a full copy of contents on a disk and move your data, system, or apps to another hard drive.
  • Safe and reliable: This tool wouldn't cause damage to your disk and must let you boot your computer from the cloned SSD/HDD after cloning.
  • One-click OS Migration: This tool will detect your disks space automatically and prompt "do you want to migrate OS to your new drive" when there is a new drive available.

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

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 disk to another new HDD or SSD without booting issues. Let's check:

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.

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

Click "Disk Mode" and select the hard drive that you want to copy or clone. Click "Next" to continue.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 2: Select the destination disk.

Note: The destination disk should be at least the same big or even larger than the source disk if you want to copy or clone the source hard disk.

select the destination disk

Step 3: Click "OK" to confirm if the program asks to erase data on the destination disk.

confirm the message

Step 4: Check and edit the disk layout.

If your destination disk is an SSD drive, do remember to Check the option if the target is SSD.

check the diak layout

Step 5: Click "Proceed" to start the hard drive cloning process.

click proceed to start the cloning process

How to Boot Windows 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 problem 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.


With the help of EaseUS Disk Copy, you can easily create a boot clone for Windows disk without booting problem. 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.

Windows 10/8/7 Bootable Clone FAQs

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

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.

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.

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

Is a cloned hard drive bootable?

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

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