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How to Clone Windows to New Drive [2023 Full Guide]

Updated by Sherly on Dec 20, 2022

How can I clone my operating system to a new drive without reinstalling Windows 11, 10, 8, or 7? Sometimes this can be difficult because it is different from copying other data. You cannot clone the operating system with a simple Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. You can get an efficient way on this page. But first, let's figure out why we need to copy Windows to a new drive.

Why Clone Windows to New Drive

Cloning Windows to a new drive means creating a copy of your computer, including the operating system, essential programs, installed drivers, etc. Cloning the Operating system is very helpful in many crucial moments. Let's learn why you should clone Windows to a new drive. Generally, the reasons are as follows:

  • To avoid manually reinstalling: You can clone Windows from an old one to a new one without reinstalling the operating system and all applications.
  • To get more space on the original drive: After cloning the Windows to a new drive, you can format or completely wipe hard drive to get more usable space.
  • Clone the operating system to a new hard drive as a backup: When the OS crashes one day, you don't have to reinstall the OS and programs; you can clone the OS back to the hard drive.

However, no matter why you are trying to clone Windows to a new hard drive. It is time-saving by cloning Windows directly, compared to copying Windows programs and files one by one.

But how can we clone Windows to a new drive since Windows doesn't offer built-in tools to help with this issue? Don't worry. This article provides a detailed guide on cloning Windows and covers a professional tool to help. Continue to read.

Clone Windows to New Drive - EaseUS Partition Master

To copy the operating system to the new hard drive and ensure it will work successfully, you can try a professional operating system cloning program, EaseUS Partition Master Professional. It comes with the "Clone OS disk" feature, which allows you to clone the operating system and its associated partitions to the new drive. Moreover, the whole process is so simple that even a novice can easily complete it.

Download it and follow the guide below.

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Before you start, there is a note for you to make the process smooth.

Notice:
1. Make your target disk have enough storage space for the source disk.
2. After the cloning process, access BIOS and change the boot order to set the new drive as the boot disk. Then, you can boot your cloned OS.

Guide 1. Clone Windows to New Drive

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

confirm to clone OS to a new drive

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

Confirm to clone OS to a new drive

After that, follow the guide below to set the target drive as the boot disk.

Guide 2. Set the New Drive as the Boot Disk

Step 1. Restart your computer and hit F2/F8/Del keys to access BIOS.

Step 2. In the Boot menu, set the new hard drive with cloned OS as the boot drive under Boot Priority or Boot Order section.

set the boot disk

Step 3. Exit after saving all your changes.

As a professional disk management tool, EaseUS Partition Master can do far more than clone the operating system. So let's learn more about it.

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Conclusion

Do you know how to clone Windows to a new hard drive using EaseUS Partition Master? This article tells you more about the reasons to clone Windows to a new drive and introduces you to the professional cloning software EaseUS Partition Master.

With this tool, cloning Windows to another new hard drive is not a difficult task. After finishing the cloning, you can boot Windows from the cloned new drive. Besides that, it allows you to migrate your OS to HDD or SSD with simple clicks. Download it to manage your disk partition.

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Clone Windows to New Drive FAQs

There are some other frequently asked questions about cloning Windows to another new hard drive. Please check out the short answers below. I hope they can help.

1. How to clone a hard drive Windows 11/10?

Do you know how to clone a hard drive Windows 11/10? EaseUS Partition Master can help, so follow the steps:

Step 1. Download EaseUS Partition Master.

Step 2. Click "Clone Data Disk" or "Clone OS Disk" and click "Next."

Step 3. Select the target disk in the clone section and click "Next."

Step 4. Check the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size.

Step 5. Click "Start" to clone.

2. Does cloning a hard drive copy the OS?

Yes, if you clone the hard drive where the operating system is installed, you are cloning the OS, programs, and other data on the hard drive.

3. How do I clone my Windows operating system to a new SSD?

You can turn to a professional third-party tool, such as EaseUS Partition Master. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Download EaseUS Partition Master.

Step 2. In the "Clone" section, choose "Clone OS Disk" and locate your source disk in the next window.

Step 3. Choose your new SSD as the target disk.

Step 4. Click "Start" to clone.

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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.

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