Clonezilla Overview

Clonezilla is one free tool, supporting to clone a single drive or even a single partition within a drive and then recover that drive later. It is available in three versions: Clonezilla live, Clonezilla lite server and Clonezilla SE. Clonezilla live supports single machine backup and restore, while Clonezilla lite server or SE allows you to clone many computers simultaneously over the network. The tool supports various system including Linux, Mac OS, Windows, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and more.

When you want to upgrade hard drive to make Windows 10 computer perform better, you can use Clonezilla disk to disk clone feature to clone everything to the new SSD or HDD. However, there are some limitations you should know.

Clonezilla limitations:

  • The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one. If you want to use Clonezilla to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD, you need to shrink the source partition to fit the destination partition.

  • It’s possible to meet Clonezilla failed to clone error during the clone. You just cannot successfully work with Clonezilla in Windows 10 sometimes, when there is a bad sector on drive, clone job may fail.

  • It does not have a user-friendly GUI. The cursor-based, DOS-like interface is not that clear to be understood.

Now you know what is Clonezilla and its downsides. If you want to clone Windows to a new hard drive, it’s a solution worth to have a try. You can just follow the steps in the next part to make it. Although the whole process is kind of complicated, all you need to do is read them through. Or if you prefer an easier way to clone Windows 10 to SSD/HDD, please refer to Part 2 to get the alternative method.

Part 1. How to clone Windows 10 to SSD/HDD via Clonezilla?

Here in this part, we will guide you to clone Windows 10 via Clonezilla. It includes all the steps you need to know.

Shrinking partition

If you want to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD or HDD, you need to shrink the source partition to fit the destination partition. Just skip this operation if the destination drive is the same size or larger than the source drive.

1. Go to the search box and type Disk Management and click the top result to open it.

2. Right-click the main volume (C:) > choose Shrink Volume option.

3. Click the Shrink button to reduce the side of the volume as much as possible.

Shrink Partition

When it gets done, move on to the next steps.

Download Clonezilla and prepare boot media

Go to Clonezilla download page to download Clonezilla. Select “zip” to install Clonezilla to a USB stick, and select “iso” to burn it to a DVD. If you want to make a bootable Clonezilla live USB flash drive, click here to learn how to make it.

Connect the target drive

Now connect your new hard drive to the computer. Connect the new drive via a USB adapter if there is a single room for disk in your laptop.

Clone Windows 10 via Clonezilla

1. Boot the Clonezilla.

Start your computer via the bootable media. When Clonezilla first loads, press Enter to accept the default settings.

2. Start the wizard.

Select your language from the list. Then, select Don't touch keymap and Start Clonezilla.

3. Select mode.

Select the device_device option > choose Beginner mode to accept the default options. Then select the disk_to_local_disk local_disk_to_local_disk_clone option and press Enter.

Select Mode

4. Choose the source drive.

5. Choose the destination drive.

You can choose to check the source file system, or you can just choose to “Skip checking/repairing source file system”.

6. Select what to do after cloning.

Choose the action to perform after the cloning. The default option is Choose reboot/shutdown/etc when everything is finished.

Action After Cloning

7. Confirm the operation.

Type Y and press Enter to confirm the cloning process.

Type Y and press Enter again to re-confirm that the data will be erased on the target drive.

Type Y and press Enter to close the boot loader. It will make the Windows 10 drive bootable.

8. Start cloning.

Clonezilla will proceed to clone the data from the source disk to the target disk.

Start Cloning

9. Disk is cloned.

Clonezilla will either prompt you to shut down or restart or do it automatically depending on the settings you chose in the previous step.

Expanding cloned drive

If you are trying to clone Windows 10 to a smaller drive, then you need to expand volume now.

1. Go to the search box and type Disk Management and click the top result to open it.

2. Right-click the volume (C:) > choose Extend Volume option.

3. Click the Next button > Select the disk with space that you want to allocate (usually the default settings) > click Next > click Finish.

Now you know how to clone Windows 10 via Clonezilla. However, as you can see, the whole process is complicated and time-consuming. Cloning disk with Clonezilla needs lots of steps which may make you confused. Fortunately, there’s one easy-to-use Clonezilla alternative can also help you clone Windows 10 to new hard drive, even to a smaller SSD. Just keep reading to learn more.

Part 2. Clone Windows 10 to SSD/HDD via Clonezilla alternative

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one free backup, clone, sync, and recovery software for Windows users. Works for all Windows OS including Windows 10/8/7. It can help you clone Windows 10 hard drive to another one directly. Compared to Clonezilla disk to disk clone, AOMEI Backupper can provide you a more wonderful performance.

  • It lets you clone larger drive to smaller drive directly. You can easily clone larger HDD to smaller SSD.

  • It provides 2 different cloning solutions: disk clone and partition clone. But disk clone only support cloning hard drive with the same partition style. If you want to clone GPT disk or MBR or perform system clone, you need to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

  • It supports cloning even between MBR disk and GPT disk. Both GPT disks and MBR disks are supported as source disk or destination disk.

  • It has a user-friendly GUI compared to Clonezilla’s text-based interface. It’s simple enough to achieve the clone job.

  • It will ignore bad sectors while cloning to ensure a successful clone.

What’s more, the cloning process will run in the background, so you can use the computer for other things during the process. Check the following steps to see how to clone Windows 10 hard disk with this powerful tool.

Steps to clone Windows 10 to new hard drive :

Step 1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone and then select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 2: Select the old hard drive as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 3: Select your new SSD/HDD as the destination disk. The target drive can be larger or smaller than the source one as long as it is equal or larger than the data size as mentioned before.

Destination Disk

Step 4: Check the operation summary and click Start Clone.

Start Clone


  • It is advised to uncheck Sector by sector clone box since it is likely to bring the bad sector to the target disk.

  • If the target disk is an SSD, check SSD Alignment to improve the speed of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.


Now you know how to clone Windows 10 via Clonezilla and AOMEI Backupper. Obviously, AOMEI Backupper is much easier and it can replace the tool Clonezilla totally because it supports you to clone disk, partition, system in Windows 10/8/7/Vista, XP.

Besides, it is more than an alternative to Clonezilla for Windows 10, it has many other features for protecting data's safe. Such as create system backup image, restore computer to an earlier date when you need, create bootable disc in case of boot failed, etc.