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How to Clone System Partition in Windows 7 [Detailed Guide]

This article details how to clone system partition Windows 7 and provides a professional partition manager to help with this issue.

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Updated by Oliver on Apr 09, 2024
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Are you looking for a professional, safe, and efficient tool to help you clone system partition Windows 7? We've got you. This article gives a detailed guide on how to clone system partitions in Windows 7. Now, let's dive in to learn more.

Can I Clone System Partition in Windows 7

Sure, you can. With daily use, you may find that your system is booting slower, and the speed of your computer is also slower. This may be because your system disk is running out of capacity, and you may also receive a warning about low disk space. At this time, you can choose to clone the system partition in Windows 7 to another hard drive or another external hard drive to solve this problem.

So now let's take a look at the main purposes of cloning the system partition Windows 7:

  • To free up hard drive space on the source partition: You can get more space on the original partition as long as you reformat hard drive or partition after the cloning process.
  • To improve the performance of the OS and PC: Cloning the system partition of Windows 7 to other larger capacity disks will help to increase the system boot speed and the running speed of your computer.
  • To back up the OS: Some users want to back up the OS by cloning it. 

After figuring out the purposes of cloning system partition in Windows 7, do you know how to clone the system partition in Windows 7? Don't worry. Continue to read the next paragraph, and you can get a step-by-step guide on how to clone the system partition.

Detailed Guide on How to Clone System Partition Windows 7

Since Windows 7 does not come with a tool to support cloning system partitions, you need to resort to a third-party tool, EaseUS Partition Master Professional. This tool supports Windows 7/8.1/10/11, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. Its "clone partition" feature can help you clone the whole system disk to another partition or drive, which is time-saving. Besides, it is easy to use with a clear interface and timely prompts. 

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Before using EaseUS Partition Master to clone, read the note below to learn more.


1. If your target drive has some important data, back up them in advance to avoid being rewritten.

2. Make sure the target drive has enough space for the system partition.

3. Set the target drive as the boot disk if you clone the system to another drive.

4. Repeat the cloning process twice since you need to clone the system and the OS partition.

Guide 1. Clone System Partition Windows 7

Before you start to clone, you need to install the target disk on your PC. And don't forget to clone the system partition after cloning the OS partition.

Step 1. Select "Clone" from the left menu. Click "Clone Partition" and "Next".

Step 2. Select the source partition and click "Next".

Step 3. Choose your the target partition and click "Next "to continue.

  • If you clone partition to the existing partition, you should transfer or back up data before cloning to prevent it being overwritten.
  • Check warning message and confirm "Yes".

Step 4. Click Start and wait for the clone to complete.

You can check how to clone partition or system reserved partition on this video tutorial.

Now, repeat the process to clone the OS partition. If you clone the partitions to another drive, you need to follow the next guide to set the target drive as the boot drive before you can boot the cloned system.

Guide 2. Set the Target Drive as the Boot Drive

To boot your PC, follow the guide below:

Step 1. Press the function key, F2/F8/Del, to enter the BIOS setup during the initial boot. 

Step 2. In the boot options, click "Change boot order" and select the target drive as the boot drive.

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Step 3. Don't forget to save your changes and then exit.

I just introduced how to clone the system partition in Windows 7 via EaseUS Partition Master and how to set the target drive as the boot disk. Now, let's see more features of EaseUS Partition Master.

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Cloning your system partition is smart because you can avoid copying and pasting one program after another, which can be very time-consuming. 

Overall, this professional third-party tool, EaseUS Partition Master, allows you to easily clone any partition in Windows 7/8/10/11/XP/Vista, including your system partition. This article also provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to do it and how to set the target disk as a boot disk. After using this tool, it will be very easy to clone system partitions in Windows 7.

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Clone System Partition Windows 7 FAQS

This part lists other frequently asked questions about cloning system partitions in Windows 7. If you get similar questions, read on.

1. How do I clone a partition in Windows 7?

Windows 7 doesn't come with any tool to help clone a partition, but you can use a third-party tool to help you clone partitions or disks. For example, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to help:

Step 1. Select "Clone" from the left menu. Click "Clone Partition" and then click "Next".

Step 2. Choose the source partition.

Step 3. Determine the target partition and continue.

Step 4. Click "Start" and wait for the process to complete.

2. Can I clone the OS partition to an SSD?

Yes, you can. An SSD is a good choice for OS since it is faster, lighter, and less expensive but more durable and quieter. You can use a third-party tool, such as EaseUS Partition Master, to clone the OS partition to an SSD.

3. Can I run 2 OS on one computer at the same time?

Yes, you can because most computers can be configured to run more than one OS. Windows, macOS, and Linux (or multiple copies of each) can coexist on a single physical computer.

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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Written 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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