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Upgrade hard disk to a bigger one without reinstalling operating system and applications

Updated on May 03, 2018 by Daisy to Disk/Partition Clone

Summary:
Do you need to replace an old yet small hard drive with a new larger one? EaseUS Disk Copy shall be the best idea to upgrade a hard disk to a bigger one because you don't necessarily need to reinstall the operating system and all applications.

Why do you upgrade a hard disk to a bigger one?

Does your hard disk often run out of space which makes you unable to upgrade the software, applications, system or store more data? If you are suffering from such kind of things and decide to purchase a new hard disk, it's definitely a huge project and time-consuming job to reinstall everything, especially the operating system and all the applications on the new hard disk. Fortunately, EaseUS Disk Copy can reduce your worry of reinstalling everything on your new hard drive.

What's the best disk copy/cloning software?

How to upgrade a hard disk to a bigger one? The clone function is the best choice. So you can choose disk copy software to copy disk to a bigger one. Moreover, some users encountered this problem: when I clone disk successfully, then boot the computer from the bigger disk and don't disconnect the source disk. After that, the computer is normal. Then I shut down the computer, disconnect the bigger hard disk and boot the computer from the source hard disk; unfortunately, I cannot boot the computer from the source hard disk. Why cannot boot the computer from the source hard disk? Because the two hard disks all have the operating system and they are the same, booting from the bigger disk depends on the source disk. How to avoid this case? There is a safe way to clone disk to a bigger one with EaseUS Disk Copy.

 

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The effective way to upgrade disk to a bigger one with EaseUS Disk Copy

EaseUS Disk Copy is very easy and quite safe to use. The following are the basic steps to clone disk:

1. Choose "Disk mode" and select a source disk, then click “Next”.

enter the disk mode and select the source disk that you want to copy data.

2. Choose a destination disk to save the data and then click “Next”.

choose a place to save your data and the destination must have enough space

A warning message tells you that the data on the destination disk will be overwritten. Click “OK” to continue if you do not have important data on the destination disk.

the old data on the destination will be erased

3. Edit the disk layout and then click “Proceed” to continue.

edit the disk layout and then clik proceed to continue

  • Autofit the disk” resize the layout on destination disk according to the size of it to make the disk as the best status.
  • Copy as the source” doesn’t change anything on destination disk and the layout is same as source disk.
  • Edit disk layout” allows you to manually resize/move partition layout on this destination disk.

4. Wait for the process to complete.

wait for the process to complete