How to Clone GPT Disk to SSD in Windows 10/8/7 Without Boot Failure

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

Overview of GPT Disk Cloning

Compared with a traditional hard drive, SSD offers faster speed for data reading/ writing/transfer, safer way to protect data, and better performance in a severe environment. Thanks to all the advantages, SSD is becoming increasingly popular. And more and more users are deciding to upgrade their old GPT HDD to SSD. This job would be easily done by using a professional GPT disk to SSD cloning tool, and EaseUS Todo Backup is such software that allows you to clone GPT HDD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7 without any startup issue.

How to Clone GPT HDD to SSD in Windows 10/8/7

EaseUS Todo Backup is one of the top data backup programs that can directly clone GPT disk to SSD without conversion while the destination disk remains bootable. With an intuitive interface, you can easily use this application to do entire or selective file backup, disk/partition backup, Outlook backup, cloud backup, as well as the system backup.

If the SSD is an empty disk (shown as unallocated space), you can first initialize the SSD to a GPT disk before cloning. But if it's already been used, you can start to clone no matter it's a GPT or MBR disk.

You may watch this three-minute video tutorial at first to know the whole procedure for cloning GPT disk to SSD.  

Step 1. Connect the GPT/MBR HDD and the SSD to your PC, launch EaseUS cloning software and click "Clone".

click clone to clone GPT or MBR hard drive

Step 2. It will pop up the below window and choose the source disk partition (here the GPT/MBR HDD) you want to clone. And then click "Next" to continue. 

select the gpt or mbr disk as the source disk

Step 3. Choose the destination disk or partition (here the SSD). Tick "Sector by sector clone" in Advanced options, with it, you can clone all sectors from source disk to the destination disk.

advanced options to clone gpt/mbr hdd

Step 4. You are allowed to preview the disk layout in advance, then click "Proceed" to clone GPT/MBR HDD to SSD.

set the ssd as the destination and start to clone by clicking proceed

Extra Tips:

  • Advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 
  • The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan. 
  • Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule. 

How to Fix Boot Failure While Cloning MBR Disk to GPT

You may have trouble in cloning MBR disk to GPT SSD. That's because when you migrate OS to SSD/HDD by disk cloning, both of the source disk being cloned and the destination disk receiving the clone have to be either MBR disk or GPT disk. Otherwise, you may suffer a boot failure issue after disk clone. Then how to clone MBR disk to GPT without boot problem? Link to the topic page to get the correct guide. 

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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

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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.