How to Clone Hard Drive for Disk Upgrade, Data Transfer, SSD Migration

Hana Lee updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Guide | How-to Articles

Why Do We Clone Disk

We don't want to take much time or power to copy the folder one by one from one disk to another, or waste time to reinstall the operating system and software after a disk upgrade. You also may experience the below situations: don't know how to make a copy of the source disk as backup via sector level or file level, make a copy of damaged hard disk via sector level and recover lost data from the copied disk. If you have the above trouble or plan to migrate data, programs, system to the new hard drive, you need EaseUS Todo Backup to clone the disk.

How to Clone a Hard Drive or SSD

There are some tips we should notice during the disk cloning process:

  • Disk clone could clone one hard disk to another, and you could clone to a large or small disk, but, the size of the destination disk must large than the used space on the source disk.
  • Please shut down the computer after the clone if the source disk contains the system partition.
  • You don't have to remove either the source disk or destination disk from the computer, you just need to go to BIOS to change to start order to make the computer boot normally if the source disk contains boot partition.
  • If you want to boot from the destination disk, we recommend you to replace the source disk with the destination disk.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone". And it will pop up the below window and choose the source disk and destination disk.

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Step 2. If you are using an SSD, you'd better select "Optimize for SSD". Normally, you don't need to select "Sector by sector clone", because it will clone all sectors from the source disk to the destination disk and take more time. We can preview the disk map in advance by clicking "Layout".

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If the computer fails to boot from the destination disk after the clone, we suggest you clone the source disk to another disk with the same HDD interface. If you choose to clone a hidden partition, the cloned one will be un-hidden.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.