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Transfer Failing Hard Drive to New One

Updated on Dec 11, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Don't discard the failing or bad HDD/SSD along with the OS and data. Learn how to transfer or copy failing hard drive to new one, and well protect the data which can be very important for further usage.

Got a failing hard drive that is going to crash at any time? How would you arrange the operating system, data, files and programs stored there? Don't just discard the drive along with the contents inside. It's time to safely migrate what's important on the drive to a safe place before it gets completely dead and inaccessible. Here in this page, you're about to learn how to transfer failing hard drive to new one with a free disk clone program.

Technically, when we copy a hard drive, it's a file-by-file copy which is faster than a sector-by-sector manner. However, a failing hard drive may result in some damage to the file system, then this won't work if you just use "copy and paste" method. EaseUS Partition Master is free a third-party hard drive & partition management software which allows the sector-by-sector copy in case that the file system went wrong. With the free partition manager, people even with little technical background are able to transfer the failing hard drive OS, data, pictures, documents, music, games, movies, and applications along with the settings to a new one with no hassle.

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 Windows 10 is supported

How to transfer failing hard drive to a new drive with EaseUS Partition Master

To achieve a successful transferring result, there are some elements that people should notice.

  • The new replacement should be no smaller than that of the used space on the failing drive, i.e. the new drive should be large enough to contain the data waiting to be transferred on the source drive.
  • The new drive should be empty, or else the data will be erased. So always have a backup.
  • Boot disk cannot act as the destination disk.

Guide for hard drive data transfer:


Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" and "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout.

Then click "OK" to continue. (The data on the target disk will be wiped, back up the data in advance.)


Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.

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 Windows 10 is supported