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How to Clone C Drive to Larger SSD in 2024 [Full Guide]🔥

Is your C drive too small for the operating system and programs? Do you want to upgrade to a larger SSD? In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to clone C drive to larger SSD. Read on to learn more.

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As technology develops, more and more people desire faster and more efficient computer systems. If your Windows is on a small-capacity hard drive, you may notice that the disk is running out of space or the PC is running slower after a period of use. You can clone C drive to larger SSD to get rid of such problems.

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Solid-state drives outperform traditional hard disk drives in many ways. These include faster speeds, cooler temperatures, quieter working, less weight, and lower power consumption, making them the preferred choice for systems and programs. It is advisable to use professional disk cloning software when upgrading to a larger SSD to ensure a successful and comprehensive cloning procedure.

Here's one of the commonly discussed topics from Microsoft. Relax if you have the same doubts as below, continue reading and learn how to achieve the operation.

I have a 512GB PCIe SSD as the C drive and a new empty 1TB SSD as the D drive. Now, I want the OS to be on the larger SSD, which will serve as the system and boot drive. Then, the 1TB drive becomes the C drive after cloning. The old 512 GB drive will then be erased and renamed drive D. Any idea how to clone the C drive to the new SSD? - Microsoft

This article from EaseUS will describe the preparation you need to make, the way to clone C drive, and the benefits of doing so. Now, read on to learn more.

What to Prepare Before the Cloning

Before you start the cloning process, certain preparations need to be made to avoid unnecessary and troublesome issues.

Initialize the SSD and ensure it has enough space

First, you should initialize the SSD with Disk Management and create a new volume on it to ensure the added large SSD will show up on your computer. Also, ensure that the new SSD you bought has a larger space than the old hard drive. According to Microsoft, the minimum requirement of the 64-bit operating system for Windows 10 hardware is only about 32GB of storage space.

Professional cloning software

You need reliable disk cloning software to successfully clone the C drive to a larger SSD. A professional cloning tool like EaseUS Partition Master can save you lots of time and effort with one-click cloning. The best part is that this software allows you to copy all data, programs, and settings from one disk to another without going through the process of reinstalling Windows OS and apps.

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People are using different types of SSD nowadays. If you want to connect a SATA SSD to your computer, you need a USB to SATA cable. This will make sure your SSD is recognized correctly. If you are using another type like M.2 SSD or NVMe, then you should install it on your computer motherboard. You'll need a screwdriver if you want to install the cloned SSD in your computer or replace the old hard drive with the SSD.

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Easy Way to Clone C Drive to Larger SSD

To create an exact replica or copy of your C drive to a larger SSD and ensure the procedure will be successfully completed, you can use powerful and multifunctional software - EaseUS Partition Master.

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Its "clone OS disk" feature allows you to clone the Windows operating system and associated partitions to a larger SSD without reinstalling it. It can keep your data safe while cloning, and it is easy to use with a clear and straightforward interface, which makes the cloning procedure quite simple. Thus, even a beginner can simply accomplish it.

To clone the C drive to a larger SSD, follow the detailed guide here, which contains 2 stages.

Stage 1. Clone C Drive to the SSD

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Disk Clone tab, select "Clone OS Disk" and click "Next". 

Select clone OS disk

Step 2. Select the target new drive where you want to clone the OS to, and click "Next".

Select target drive to clone OS to

Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to continue the OS disk cloning process.

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Step 3. View the disk layout, and click "Start" to begin the OS cloning process.

Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Step 4. When the process completes, you'll see a confirming message, asking "if you want to start up computer from the clone target disk". 

  • Reboot Now means to reboot your PC and configure the computer to boot OS from the new disk immediately.
  • Done means you want to make the changes later. 
 Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

Stage 2. Modify to Boot from the Cloned SSD

Step 1. Restart the computer, and then press "F2/F8/Del" to enter the BIOS settings.

Step 2. In the Boot menu, choose the cloned SSD as the boot drive and save changes.

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Step 3. Restart the computer again, and it will boot from the cloned SSD now.

Besides cloning the OS disk, it also has the ability to transfer the OS to a new disk, clone the data disk, and clone particular partitions. All those various features are here to meet your different needs. Once you complete the cloning process, you can also use EaseUS Partition Master to partition the C drive to separate the OS from other programs on the new SSD. Download this software and get started!

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Now that you have learned how to clone the C drive to a larger SSD, you may also be interested in cloning a larger HDD to a smaller SSD with EaseUS Partition Master. The following article will show you the answer.

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Clone Larger HDD to Smaller SSD (Windows 11 Support)

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Why Cloning C Drive to Larger SSD

There are many possible scenarios that require you to clone the C drive to a larger SSD. For example, you are planning to remove the old drive to replace it with a new SSD or trying to upgrade from a small SDD to a bigger one. Many PCs nowadays are equipped with SSDs for Windows OS and saving data because they are faster, quieter, lighter, and more durable.

The main reasons to clone the C drive to a larger SSD are:

  • To get more space for the C drive: Many users have complained that the C drive is out of space. As more software is installed and utilized over time, the free space on the C drive shrinks, which might have an impact on your daily life. After cloning the C drive to the SSD, you can wipe or reformat the hard drive.
  • To create a backup for the operating system: One of the best backup strategies for the C drive is to clone it to another drive. Backing up C drive by cloning provides you with an easy and safe way to restore when the OS or apps crash one day. With the cloned backup, you don't need to reinstall them when you plan to restore them.
  • To enhance the performance and speed of the PC: Cloning the OS to a larger SSD is able to improve the working efficiency of the computer and speed up the Windows system. SSDs can increase the system reliability, fasten boot times and system responsiveness, shorten program launch times, and so on.


To summarize, it is a highly beneficial procedure to clone the C drive to a larger SSD. Doing so can optimize the computer's performance and overall experience. With a larger SSD, you can experience faster program launches, shorter boot times, and improved system responsiveness.

EaseUS Partition Master simplifies the cloning process with its user-friendly interface, smart algorithms, and multiple clone options. It can also secure your data while cloning, offering you a smooth and reliable cloning experience. Download and give it a try.

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FAQs on Clone C Drive to Larger SSD

If you still have other doubts related to cloning the C drive to a larger SSD, below are 4 different and often-asked questions and the answers to them.

1. Can you clone a 500GB SSD to a 1TB SSD?

Yes, you can easily clone a 500GB SSD to a 1TB SSD. Any professional cloning software, such as EaseUS Partition Master, can be used for this. You just need to ensure that there is enough storage space on the 1TB SSD for cloning.

2. Why is my SSD capacity smaller after cloning?

If the cloned drive is bigger than the original, many cloning programs will leave the additional space unallocated. As a result, the capacity of the HDD/SSD may be inaccurately shown.

3. Should you format SSD before cloning?

In theory, you should format the target disk before cloning to check the partition style, but this is not necessary for a new hard drive because it contains no saved data. It is your choice to do it or not.

4. Why is my new SSD not booting after clone?

The cloned SSD is not configured to be the boot disk. The SSD is incompatible with BIOS boot mode. The cloning process was corrupted or halted. Incomplete clones, boot partitions, or boot components that are missing.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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