How to Transfer/Copy Data from One Internal Hard Drive to Another

Brithny updated on Mar 13, 2020 to Disk/Partition Clone | How-to Articles

Provided methods can be applied to copy and transfer data from one internal hard drive to another drive on all Windows OS.

This post provides the tried and true ways to migrate all of your internal hard drive data to another drive easily. Three efficient methods can help you to transfer data from one internal hard drive to another one immediately:

#1. Clone Data and Transfer from One Internal Hard Drive to Another One Using Disk Copy
#2. Manually Copy and Paste Data from One Drive to Another Drive
#3. Transfer Data from One Internal Hard Drive to Another Using Windows Easy Transfer

How to Copy Everything from One Hard Drive to Another

"Hey, does anyone know how to copy or transfer everything on an internal hard drive to another? My data drive is getting full, and I purchased a bigger one, how do I move all the data to the new drive? And I'm afraid the copy and paste way would mess the data transferring as my original hard drive is mererly full with 200GB data saved. I need a more efficient and secure way. Help me please if you know a better resolution."

An internal hard drive with big storage space can give your PC a new lease on life and can improve the system performance. Sometimes the smaller hard drive runs out of space easily! A nice choice is to transfer the saved data or files to the bigger internal hard drive.

How to transfer or copy large files at a fast speed? Are you looking for an efficient way to copy and transfer data, including large files, to another disk? If you have the same need, you are in the right place! In the following, you will uncover three practical solutions for data transfer between two hard drives.

Note that the former the recommended method is listed, the easier and the more secure it would be for data transferring from one hard drive to another one. Let's check the details now.

Method 1. Clone Internal Hard Drive Data to Another One Using Disk Copy

Works to copy partition data or clone a whole internal disk to another disk on Windows 10/8/7.

The most efficient and secure way to transfer your internal hard drive saved data to another disk is to use fast disk clone software. EaseUS Disk Copy supports you to perform the following operations besides cloning disk data to another drive:

Just follow the provided tool and tips below to copy the internal hard drive to another now. 

Tips: Please activate EaseUS Disk Copy for a smooth disk copying or cloning process.


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Case 1 - Clone the Whole Internal Hard Drive Data to Another Drive

If you need to upgrade the internal hard drive by cloning the whole disk data to another bigger one, you should apply the Disk Copy feature.

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

Case 2 - Copy Partition Data to Another Drive

If you need to free up the current internal hard drive, copying partition data to another disk, you may use the Partition Copy feature.

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

Click Partition Mode and select the source partitions that you want to copy or clone. Click Next to continue.

Select source partition to clone

2. Select the target partition where you want to clone/copy the source partition to and click Next to continue.
Click OK if the program asks to erase data on the destination partition.

Select the destination partition to clone or copy partition

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

  • Copy as the source option will copy/clone the same layout of partitions from your source disk to the destination disk.
  • Edit disk layout allows you to manually resize or move partition layout on the destination disk.
Copy and clone partition to destination partition.

Click "Proceed" to start the partition cloning or partition copying process now.

Complete partition cloning or copying process

After cloning, you can then delete data on the old internal hard drive so to free up the storage space, optimizing the disk performance.

Method 2. Manually Copy & Paste Data from One Drive to Another

Works to copy small files one by one. Any interruption may cause data loss.

For large file migration, copy and past will waste a lot of time and energy. Besides, simply copy and paste may miss some data. If you have less than 30GB files or data that need to be transferred from one internal hard drive to another one, you can simply choose the Copy & Paste option. It's free and easy.

Step 1. Navigate and select an empty partition or create a new partition on the new drive for saving data.

Step 2. Open the old internal hard drive, press Ctrl + A to select all existing data, or choose a single file, right-click to copy.

Step 3. Paste selected files to the other new drive.

Wait for the Copy & Paste process to complete. How to make sure that you have transferred everything on your hard drive? The only way is to identify them one by one on your own, which is time-wasting.

Method 3. Transfer Data from Internal Hard Drive to External Disk With Windows Easy Transfer

Works to transfer data from internal hard drive to external hard drive on Windows 8/7. Windows 10 is not supported.

If you prefer to free up internal hard drive data by transferring data to an external hard drive on Windows 8/7, you can give Windows Easy Transfer for a try:

Step 1. Click Start, type Windows Easy Transfer in Search. Click to open Windows Easy Transfer.

Step 2. Select an external hard drive as the target drive.

Step 3. Select "No" for This Is My Computer to install the external hard drive.

Windows will copy your data and settings to the external hard drive immediately.

The Bottom Line

This tutorial article includes three practical methods to help you efficiently transfer data from one internal hard drive to another one on Windows 10/8.7.

1. EaseUS Disk Copy - It enables you to either clone a whole disk or a single partition to another drive. No data loss will happen.

2. Manual Copy & Paste - It's free access for you to copy files. For copying big files, any interruption or miss operation will cause file loss.

3. Windows Easy Transfer - An efficient Windows built-in file transfer tool, only available on Windows 7/8. It works only for PC to PC or internal drive to external hard drive file transfer.

For an all-in-one resolution, EaseUS Disk Copy is surely the best.

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