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How to Clone a Bootable Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Updated by Daisy on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Roxanne

Overview of Cloning Boot Drive

The bootable clone is an exact copy of the bootable hard drive on the computer, including the operating system and other files. To clone a hard drive for Windows 10, you can choose to clone the entire disk or clone the partition(s) which contain the operating system and related boot files.

Bootable clone benefits users a lot, here are some distinct advantages:

  • Upgrade the low-space hard drive and transfer OS to a new hard drive without reinstalling the operating system and applications.
  • Clone OS from HDD to smaller SSD for faster reading & writing speed, and better stability & performance.
  • Back up OS in case of unexpected system failure, so you can revert to the cloned version with a bootable hard drive and keep the precious data intact.

The Best Software to Clone Bootable Drive 

As mentioned above, a bootable clone shows many conveniences. But the premise of these benefits is to choose the right tool. Then, what is the best and software to clone a bootable hard drive most simply and safely? We highly recommend you try EaseUS Todo backup software that offers you the "System Clone" feature to clone boot drive. As long as the system partition and boot partition is on the same drive, you can use this tool to migrate Windows 10 to another hard drive or computer with simple clicks.

How to Clone Bootable Hard Drive for Windows 10/8/7

In this part, we will tell you in detail about how to clone a bootable hard drive and what you need for preparation.

Preparation:

  • A destination drive that is the same size as or larger than your resource hard drive.
  • Backup your files and data. In case any accidents happen, you'd better make a full backup of your important data.

Now download EaseUS Todo Backup and follow the detailed guide below to clone the bootable hard drive.

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Notice:
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.

We also give you the video tutorial to clone a bootable drive with EaseUS Todo Backup.

Don't Hesitate! Start Cloning Now

On this page, we introduce a handy tool - EaseUS Todo Backup for those users who want to clone boot drive. It is a difficult task before we know there is third-party software that can help us finish it. Now with the tool we recommend, you can upgrade to the new hard drive in a few clicks. 

Apart from the system clone, EaseUS Todo Backup is also renowned for its great abilities of file backup, cloud backup, and disk/partition backup. You can make a full backup, scheduled backup, or a smart backup to protect the frequently changed data. Don't hesitate, download EaseUS Todo Backup now, and ease your data management.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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