Can You Clone HDD While it Is Running?

I have my PC's operating system on an HDD. I want to replace the HDD with an SSD. How can I clone the HDD to the SSD? Can I clone an HDD while Windows is running?

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Jerry· Answered on Jan 31, 2024

Yes, you can clone an HDD while running Windows.

The following are some common reasons why we choose to clone a disk.

  • Users don't have to wait while hard disks are copied.
  • The user can end the clone if something unexpected occurs quickly.
  • To make the cloning more convenient, avoid rebooting into Windows PE or PreOS mode after that.

Although numerous cloning programs are available, most of them need that Windows to be restarted after the cloning is finished. As a result, the entire cloning procedure is labor-intensive and inefficient.

Cloning tools typically use cold cloning to move data from one disk to another, commonly called cold migration. Thus, you must choose a cloning program that uses the hot clone method, which enables users to clone disks and drives while Windows is running if you wish to copy a hard drive or drive on a Windows computer or virtual machine.

The EaseUS Disk Copy may significantly assist you in making the cloning procedure more convenient and straightforward. It has Hot Clone technology, allowing users to clone drives while Windows still runs without restarting.

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EaseUS Disk Copy is a professional and practical cloning tool. It also has a powerful cloning feature, which lets you clone HDD to SSD, clone a hard drive in Windows 11, and clone SSD to HDD. It also enables you to clone a hard drive with bad sectors.

You can clone an HDD while it is running, and you can also clone an SSD that is not working. To do so, you must use a professional cloning tool with hot cloning functions.

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