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

Abby Haines updated on Aug 11, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Does anyone know of software to clone a bootable hard drive?

"I want to clone a bootable drive for Windows 10 system and avoid the cloned drive not working problem. I have spent hours searching online to figure out how to get the job done but found no way. Can anyone recommend a possible solution to clone boot drive?"

The bootable clone is an exact copy of bootable hard drive on the computer, including the operating system and other files. To a clone bootable 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 brings you a lot of benefits.

  • Upgrade the low-space hard drive and transfer OS to a new hard drive without reinstalling 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 

Like mentioned above, bootable clone shows many conveniences. But the premise of these benefits is to choose the right tool. Otherwise, you may face a failed clone or even risk data loss. Then, what is the best and software to clone a bootable hard drive most simply and safely? We highly recommend you try EaseUS Todo Windows backup software that offers you the "System Clone" feature 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 in one-click.

Apart from the system clone, EaseUS Todo Backup is also renown for its great abilities of file backup, Outlook backup, cloud backup, disk/partition backup, as well as the system backup.

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

We give you both the video and text tutorials to clone a bootable drive with EaseUS Todo Backup. Choose what works best for you. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "System Clone". The current system (Windows 10) partition and boot partition will be automatically selected.

click system clone so that you can clone Windows 10

Tips: System Clone is not available for use under the condition that your system partition and boot partition are not on the same drive.

Step 2. Choose the target drive - It could be a hard drive or an SSD.

choose a target drive to save your Windows 10

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start cloning Windows 10.

click proceed to start Windows 10 cloning

After the process is completed, please reboot your computer to your target drive.

Tip
If you find the cloned disk cannot boot, you can refer to cloned hard drive won't boot to learn how to get the problem fixed.
 
 

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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.

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.