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

Jean updated on Apr 04, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.