How Can You Clone a Hard Drive in Windows Without Using Third-party Software?

Hi, I have a computer running Windows 10, and I want to clone my hard drive because there is a sign that it has slowed down. But how can I clone a hard drive without using the software?

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Jerry· Answered on May 10, 2023

Generally speaking, you cannot clone a hard drive without using third-party cloning software.

But to some degree, cloning a hard drive means creating a backup of your hard drive. Therefore, you can use Backup and Restore (Windows 7) on your computer to create a backup of your hard drive.

Here is how:

Step 1. Navigate to the Control Panel on your PC.

Step 2. Click System and Security and then go to Backup and Restore Windows (Windows 7).

Step 3. Tap Create a System Image.

Step 4. 3 options are available: On a Network Selection, On a Hard Disk, and On One or More DVDs. Click On a Hard Disk and select one from the menu.

Step 5. Tap Start Backup.

In fact, the best way to clone a drive is using third-party cloning software. EaseUS Disk Copy is one of them that can meet your needs.

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EaseUS Disk Copy is an all-in-one disk cloning tool that can help you clone your hard drive. It can help you clone a drive with bad sectors and clone your system, disk, partition, etc. In addition, it can help you migrate Windows OS from HDD to SSD or SSD to SSD. And it can also let you transfer Windows 10 from HDD to SSD without losing data.

Although you can create a hard drive image using Windows built-in tool, using third-party cloning software is the only way to clone a hard drive.

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