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How to Clone Windows 8 Hard Drive Easily Along with Operating System And Applications

Updated on Apr 04, 2019 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
This tutorial is specialized for users who're seeking for a free, easy, fast, and safe disk imaging and cloning software to clone Windows 8/8.1 hard drive, ghost Windows 8/8.1 operating system and applications.

Why need to clone Windows 8 hard drive

Users who're currently running Windows 8 are supposed to have the following basic understanding about why they need to clone Windows 8 hard drive or ghost Windows 8 operating system and applications.

1. Upgrade hard disk to a larger HDD without reinstalling Windows 8 operating system;

2. Replace hard drive by a smaller SSD with higher performance;

3. Transfer or migrate Windows 8 OS, files, programs, settings and other user data to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10;

How to Clone Windows 8 Hard Drive

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is users' preferred disk cloning and imaging software, and it's designed with a special element for cloning Windows 8 HDD to SSD, during which users are able to optimize SSD. Above all, let's learn how to use EaseUS Todo Backup to clone Windows 8 hard drive in a safe way.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS free disk cloning software and choose "Clone" in the lower left corner.

choose clone to clone hdd to ssd on laptop

Step 2. Choose the HDD as the source disk and click "Next".

choose the hdd as the source disk

Step 3. Choose the SSD as the destination disk and click "Next".

choose ssd as destination disk

About "Advanced options" and how you choose the extra features:

  • Optimize for SSD - If the destination disk is an SSD, checking this option will ensure sector alignment in the process.
  • Sector by sector clone - A sector by sector clone ensures that the destination hard disk/partition is exactly the same as the source hard disk/partition. It will clone all the sectors if the option is checked, even if the sector is blank. As a result, the target will be equal in size to the disk being cloned after the process. This option is found in the same step where you choose the destination hard disk/partition both in the Disk clone and Partition clone wizard.
  • Create a Portable Windows USB drive - This option ensures that the cloned USB system disk is able to boot normally.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" and the software will start immediately to cloning the HDD to the SSD for free.

preview disk layout and click proceed

The cloning procedure takes easy steps above, and I believe EaseUS Todo Backup is the most user-friendly Windows 8 hard drive cloning software ever. Beyond disk cloning, the fabulous utility provides the leading system and data backup and recovery solution for home users, small to medium businesses as well as enterprises with a huge database to be watched over.