Clone and Migrate Dual Boot OS Drive to HDD/SSD

Tracy King updated on Sep 07, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Is it possible to clone and upgrade dual boot OS to HDD/SSD? How?

Due to heavy load and increasing files in system and boot partition, some users are now facing such a problem that their computers are running slower with a small system disk and low disk space. In order to get a faster dual boot system, dual boot users are now trying to find a way to clone and upgrade dual boot OS to new HDD or SSD. 

Here is the question: is it possible for us ordinary users to clone and upgrade dual boot OS drive to HDD/SSD? Sure! To clone and migrate dual boot systems into a new disk is no longer a special skill for advanced Windows users and administrators anymore. Ordinary users just like you and I can also do the job. How?

Let the best system backup and transfer software help!

If you are trying to manually move the current system and disk data to your new HDD or SSD by simply Copy & Paste, you may just stop right now. You can never copy any system files or installation files to a new drive.

So how to make the job done? Best Windows system backup and recovery software - EaseUS Todo Backup Home will effectively help you do the job.

It's System Backup and Disk Clone features will effectively help you simply clone and transfer dual boot systems from your current drive to new HDD or SSD. You may just free download it and install on your PC with below guide tips to start upgrading the dual boot drive to new HDD/SSD now.

Clone dual boot OS Drive to HDD/SSD

To migrate dual boot OS to new hard drive or SSD, EaseUS Todo Backup Home provides two features to allow you effectively migrate or upgrade dual boot systems to new disk:

Transfer dual boot OS with System Clone:

System Clone feature allows you to clone and transfer present dual system to target HDD/SSD with simple clicks as below listed steps:

If you are trying to clone Windows 10 to a new HDD or SSD disk, please do remember to empty the disk in advance. 
One more thing that you can do is to convert your HDD/SSD disk to MBR or GPT - exact the same as your current system disk, which will allow you to effortlessly boot system after cloning Windows system.

Let's see how to clone your Windows 10 OS to a new HDD/SSD without reinstallation Windows OS now:

Step 1. Connect the new HDD/SSD to your PC.

Step 2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup for Windows 10 Clone.

Select "System Clone" on the left tool panel by clicking the icon at the left top corner.

Choose system clone mode in EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 3. Choose the destination disk - HDD/SSD to save Windows 10 system

Choose the new HDD or SSD as your target disk for saving the cloned Windows 10 system. 

Then click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows 10 to HDD/SSD now.

Choose disk to save Windows 10 system

After this, insert your new HDD or SSD into your computer and reboot PC, change the boot order to set computer boot from new HDD/SSD with cloned Windows 10 system:

  • Restart PC and press F2 or F8 to enter BIOS settings.
  • In the Boot option, select new HDD/SSD as the new boot drive and save all the changes.
  • Exit BIOS and restart the computer, you should be able to see Windows 10 running on your new disk without any problems.

After this, you may disconnect the old disk and select system to boot from new disk so that you can directly restart dual boot system from new HDD or SSD.

Clone dual boot OS disk/drive with Disk Clone:

Don't worry if your concern whether the program will clone both systems with hard drive data together to target new HDD or SSD. All data including Operating System will all be transferred into the new disk by Disk Clone feature. Here is how to clone dual boot drive with OS to HDD/SSD:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Windows backup software and click "Clone" option to clone hard drive. 

click clone so that you can start hard drive cloning

Step 2. Select the source hard drive you want to clone and then click "Next" in the Disk/Partition Clone window.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 3. Select the destination disk and then click "Next". 
Here under Advanced options, "Sector by sector clone" option enables you to clone all sectors from the source disk to the destination disk.

choose a destination to save your hard drive backup image

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and click "Proceed" to clone hard drive.

preview all of your backup settings and start to clone your hard drive

After this, disconnect old disk and reboot PC from new disk so that you'll run dual boot systems on your new HDD/SSD.

Important tips for clone dual boot OS to HDD/SSD

If you are thinking that's all for cloning dual boot OS to new HDD or SSD, you are wrong. Here are some important tips that you shall absolutely need while transferring dual boot OS to new disk:

After you cloning and migrate dual boot system to new hard disk or SSD, do remember to enter BIOS and set the system to boot from new HDD/SSD which contains your dual systems. Otherwise, you won't be able to boot Windows and startup Windows PC successfully.

Clone Windows 7/10 or Windows 7/8 to HDD/SSD:

If you are currently running on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 is installed on your system disk, your best choice for cloning dual system to the new drive is to use Disk Clone feature with EaseUS Todo Backup;

If you are now running on Windows 8 or Windows 10, you may use System Clone feature with the help of EaseUS Windows backup software to complete the job.

Clone Windows 8/10 or Windows 8.1/10 to HDD/SSD:
Since those two systems all use system and boot partition for loading and startup system in Windows PC, you can directly apply EaseUS Todo Backup with System Clone to transfer dual system to new drive.

Clone XP/Windows 7 to HDD/SSD:

If your PC is running on XP, you can use Disk Clone feature to migrate two systems from old disk to new HDD or SSD;

If Windows 7 is what you are using now on PC, you can directly use System Clone feature to complete dual boot drive upgrade and replace job by then.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

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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.

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