How to Move/Clone Windows 10 Hard Drive to A New Computer Easily

Roxanne updated on Jan 16, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

Part 1. Why Do You Want to Clone/Move HDD to New Computer
Part 2. Can You Move a Windows to New Computer
Part 3. How to Clone/Move HDD to New PC

Part 1. Why Do You Want to Clone/Move HDD to New Computer

After running your computer for a few years, you may find that it gets slower and slower day by day. Perhaps it's time to invest in a new computer to replace the old one. Here's a real case from Cnet Forums:

"How do I move an old SSD to a new PC without reinstalling Windows 10 and apps? Hi everyone, 10 years ago I built a very high-end liquid-cooled desktop and was very pleased with it. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the poor computer decided its components could no longer take the beating. I’m starting my next build and would like to know if there are methods to use my existing SSD drive in the new computer so I don’t have to reinstall Windows 10 (64-bit) and all the applications I currently use. Reinstalling the OS and all of my software will take weeks and not something I want to spend my time on. Any and all advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance."

As far as I know, quite a lot of people gave up the thought because it is really a tedious job to reinstall the operating system, programs, and personal data on their own. Why are you bothering? You can find a perfect solution on this page. If you wish to keep the same system configuration, data, programs, and settings exactly the same on the old machine while replacing a new computer, just follow the advice to clone your Windows 10 hard drive to this new computer. 

Part 2. Can You Move a Windows to New Computer

If you are cloning or moving a data disk, it is easy. When it comes to moving Windows installation hard drive to another computer, things could become more difficult. You must take the Windows activation issue and the device drives conflicts into account. 

In Windows 7, it introduced driver conflicts, especially with lower-level hardware like your hard drive's SATA controller. As a result, you only receive a blue screen that is preventing you from entering your system. Windows 8 and 10 are much better in handling these conflicts. When you throw an existing Windows installation at a new PC, it'll perform its first-time setup as if it were a new computer, grab drivers for your new hardware, and hopefully drop you onto the desk. That is to say, if you are using Windows 8/10, you can solve the conflicts. This could all vary from PC to PC, and you never know what driver conflicts or performance issues may lay underneath the surface of a seemingly fine setup. 

Windows activation is another problem in the process. There are three types of Windows license key - OEM, Retail, and Volume. If your license is retail or volume, things are not so bad. The Windows activation process is designed to make sure you only install that copy of Windows on one PC at a time, so changing a computer’s motherboard–or even some other bits of internal hardware–will result in the Windows system becoming deactivated. Thankfully, you can just re-enter your activation key. OEM ("original equipment manufacturer") copy is designed to be locked to the hardware they were originally installed on. Microsoft doesn’t want you to be able to move those OEM copies of Windows to another computer. If you want to move the OEM license to another computer, ask the Microsoft support team to activate the license for you. 

Part 3. How to Clone/Move HDD to New PC 

No matter your computer is Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can always clone or move HDD to the new computer. Whenever we discuss cloning Windows 10 from one computer to another, compatibility and start-up issues are our top concerns. To avoid these worries and clone the Windows system without removing and installing disk, we highly recommend you try the "System Transfer" function provided by EaseUS Todo Backup. This tool can help you to clone Windows 10 from the old computer to the new one with a bootable disk. And it ensures a successful system boot-up from cloned hard drive on the new computer. Now, prepare a proper WinPE emergency disk/USB, and let's begin to clone a PC by creating a Windows 10 system backup.

Step 1. Create an emergency disk to USB

To save your time and energy, we'd like to suggest you create an emergency disk to a USB or external hard drive rather than redownloading and reinstalling EaseUS Todo Backup on your new computer.

1. Connect an empty USB flash drive or external hard drive with over than 100GB space to your PC.

2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Tools" > "Create Emergency Disk".

Note: The device on which the boot drive is created must be an MBR disk, and the first partition on it must be FAT32. 

Create emergency disk for transfer OS to new computer.

3. Choose USB as the disk location to create the emergency disk which will help you boot computer when it fails to boot or transfer system to new PC.

4. Click "Create".

Start creating emergency disk for system transfer.

Step 2. Create System backup for transferring OS to a new computer

1. Click "System Backup" on the left pane.

2. Choose the Windows OS and specify the USB flash drive which contains the emergency disk to save system image.

If you are worried about the data loss issue by saving the system image to the emergency disk drive, you may also save system backup to another empty disk.

Create system image for transferring system to new computer.

3. Click "Proceed" to start creating a system backup image to the target device.

Step 3. Boot the computer from EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk

1. Connect the USB flash drive or external hard drive with the emergency disk and system backup image to the new computer.

2. Restart PC and press "F2/F8" to boot into BIOS. 

3. Change boot drive and set the computer to boot from the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk. If you want to restore the system image to a GPT disk, you need to change the boot mode to EFI in BIOS. Then you'll enter EaseUS Todo Backup main interface.

Step 4. Transfer system to the new computer

  • Note: When restoring the system image to the new computer with “System Transfer”, the operation will erase the data on the target disk. You need to back up the files in advance or use an empty disk to restore to avoid data loss.

1. On EaseUS Todo Backup main interface, click "System Transfer". 

Start transferring system to new computer.

2. Select the system image on your drive and click "OK" to continue.

Choose system image to transfer.

3. Specify the disk to save system image and tick "System Transfer" in Advanced options, click "OK" to save changes. Then click "Proceed" to start transferring the system to a new computer.

Start transferring system to the new computer.

Step 5. Restart PC with transferred system

1. Change the boot sequence in BIOS to set computer boot up from the drive with the transferred system.

2. Save all changes and restart your computer.

3. Update all drive drivers and programs to ensure all things will work just fine on the new computer.


This method will do you a great favor in transferring hard drive to a new computer without reinstalling windows 10. But if you are faced with an unknown problem and don't know how to fix it, you can always contact our support team or perform a fresh install. We are always your companion and we are glad to help.

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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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