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Can I Make a System Clone on Windows 11? Yes, Sure! Your Guide Is Here 

Updated by Tracy King on Jan 11, 2023

"How to clone windows 11 from one laptop to another
Is there any migration tools to move or clone windows 11 (including apps installed) into another new laptop effectively?" - posted by u/tys203831 from reddit.com

Relax if you are experiencing a similar issue of system clone on Windows 11. This page will cover everything you need to know about system clone on Windows 11.

In this article, you'll learn:

  • Can I Clone Windows 11 to Another SSD? Yes, Sure!
  • When Do I Need System Clone on Windows 11? 
  • Full Guide to Execute System Clone on Windows 11 - 2023 Tutorial

Key Takeaways of System Clone on Windows 11:

  1. 1. System clone is a complex process of duplicating the operating system and OS-related files to a new disk and making the new disk bootable with the cloned system on the current or a new computer. 
  2. 2. This page will take Windows 11 as an example to show you how to complete system clone on Windows 11 successfully.

Image of system clone on Windows 11

Users on older operating systems like Windows 10 or Windows 8.1/8 can also follow respective guide links to execute OS cloning operations:

Can I Clone Windows 11 to Another SSD? Yes, Sure!

System Clone is a process of making an exact copy of the operating system, OS boot files, installed programs, user data, etc., to a new disk or a new computer with the help of professional OS cloning software.

The answer to 'Can I clone Windows 11 to another SSD' is yes. Even ordinary Windows users can apply to fulfill the system clone operation on Windows 11 so to migrate Windows 11 to new SSD, replace the OS disk with a new one, or even duplicate Windows 11 to a new computer.

When Do I Need System Clone on Windows 11? 

Here is a list of situations, and if you are experiencing any one of them, you may need to execute a system clone on your PC:

  • Windows 11 gets slow to boot up or shut down.
  • Windows 11 becomes stuck or freezes while launching big programs.
  • Windows 11 warns high CPU or high disk usage, or 100% disk usage issue now and then.
  • Windows 11 OS drive gets full or the OS warns low disk space error.
  • Windows 11 OS drive is old or failing.
  • Windows 11 OS disk contains disk errors, bad sectors, etc.
  • Execute system clone and duplicate Windows 11 to use it on a new computer.

So how do I execute a system clone of Windows 11 and rescue my computer from the above-listed issues on my own? Follow the next tutorial, and you'll get a complete guide on how to do so.

Full Guide to Execute System Clone on Windows 11 - 2023 Tutorial

To start the system clone operation on Windows 11, follow the listed tutorial here carefully with step-by-step guidelines:

#1. Install and Initialize New Disk to The Same Disk Type as The OS Drive

If you need further guidance to learn the disk type of the OS disk, refer to How to Tell If Windows Is GPT or MBR. Let's set up the new disk with the steps here:

Step 1. Open the computer case and install the new disk correctly to your computer. 

  • For SATA HDD/SSD, install it via a SATA cable and a power cable.
  • For PICE SSD, M.2/NVMe SSD, insert it into the SSD slot and fasten its screws.

Step 2. Reboot the PC, enter Disk Management, right-click the new disk and select 'Initialize Disk'.

Step 3. Set the new disk to the same disk type as the OS drive.

Initialize disk to the same disk type as OS disk

#2. Download System Clone Software for Windows 11

EaseUS Partition Master, with its Migrate OS n and Clone features, can fulfill multiple types of system clone and system migration demands on all Windows and Windows Server systems. Windows 11 users can directly take this software to execute system clone operations in a few simple clicks.

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Before you start the operation, check the question here and find your answer first:

What exactly do you expect by executing system clone on Windows 11?

  1. 1. To optimize the current computer performance.
  2. 2. To use Windows 11 on a new computer.
  • If your goal is to improve disk performance or Windows 11 performance on the same computer, take Guide 1 for help to clone and migrate OS successfully.
  • If you want to duplicate the OS and make Windows 11 run a new computer at your office or home, take Guide 2 for help.

Guide 1. Migrate Windows 11 OS to A New Disk - HDD/SSD

To optimize your computer performance on Windows 11, you can upgrade and migrate the OS to a new SSD by using the Migrate OS feature in EaseUS Partition Master. It will help you successfully switch the OS disk in only a few simple clicks:

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Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.

Step 1. Select "Clone" from the left menu. Select the "Migrate OS" and click "Next" to continue..

select migrate os

Step 2.  Select the target disk you want to clone. Click "Next".

Step 3. Click "Yes" after checking the warning message. The data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.

select the destination disk

Step 4. Preview the layout of your target disk. You can also click the disk layout options to customize the layout of your target disk as you want. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk

preview the lay out

Guide 2. Execute System Clone of Windows 11 to A New Computer

If you want to duplicate the Windows 11 system and make the OS bootable on a new computer, you can use the Copy Partition feature in EaseUS Partition Master for help.

First, Clone Windows 11 OS and Boot Partitions to New Disk

Note that if your OS and boot volumes are separated in two partitions, you need to repeat the steps below twice to copy both two volumes to the new disk.

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.

Next, Install the Disk with Cloned Windows 11 System to Target New PC

Now, you can install the new disk with cloned Windows 11 system to your target computer. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Shut down the target PC and open the computer case.

Step 2. Install the new disk with cloned Windows 11 system to the new computer.

  • For SATA HDD/SSD, install it via a SATA cable and a power cable.
  • For PICE SSD, M.2/NVMe SSD, insert it into the SSD slot and fasten its screws.

Step 3. Reboot PC.

If the computer is unbootable, relax! And you can follow the next guide to successfully make the new computer boot up from the right disk.

#3. Set Computer to Boot from New Disk on Windows 11

When the OS migration or system clone process completes, it's important to switch the boot drive in BIOS settings so to help the computer locate the new boot drive with cloned Windows 11. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Reboot the PC and press F2/F8/F11 or Del to enter BIOS settings.

Step 2. Go to the boot menu, find the boot drive and select to switch it with the new disk.

Step 3. Save the change and exit BIOS.

Step 4. Reboot the PC and wait for it to boot up Windows 11.

Step 5. Log in with your account.

All you need is to wait for Windows 11 to log in with your account, and you can start with Windows 11 on the new disk or the new computer by then.

Final Verdict

Windows 11 system clone operating is complex for Windows beginners and average Windows users. To simplify the procedure, it's important that you confirm the goal of the system clone on Windows 11. Also, you need the help of professional OS cloning software. 

EaseUS Partition Master is capable of helping you resolve this issue with its powerful features, and you can directly take it for a try.

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FAQs about System Clone Windows 11

Some of you may have more questions about system clone on Windows 11, and you can now follow and find answers here.

1. Does Windows 11 have a cloning tool?

No, Windows 11 doesn't have a cloning tool. If you need to clone a disk or clone a system on Windows 11, you'll need to turn to a third-party disk cloning or system cloning software for help.

2. Can I clone Windows 11 to another SSD?

Yes, sure. With reliable OS cloning software like EaseUS Partition Master, you can successfully clone Windows 11 to another SSD. For a detailed guide, you can revert to Guide 1 on this page for help.

3. How to clone Windows 11 for free?

To clone Windows 11 for free, you can take EaseUS Partition Master Free with its Copy Partition Feature for help:

  • Set up the new disk ready - initialize it to the same disk type as the OS drive, and create two new volumes on it.
  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master Free, go to Disk Clone, and click 'Copy Partition'.
  • Select the OS partition as the source and a new partition on the target disk as the destination.
  • Confirm to execute the operation.
  • Repeat the process to clone the other boot partition to the new disk.
  • Reboot the PC and set the new disk as the boot drive in Windows 11 in BIOS.
  • Restart PC to log in to Windows 11.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 9 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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