Full Guide | Safely Clone BitLocker Encrypted Drive to SSD

When your current drive is encrypted with BitLocker, you can use this specialist freeware to clone BitLocker Encrypted disk. 9 concerned FAQs are discussed.


By Teresa Updated on November 15, 2023

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🌟 Video Guide: How to Clone BitLocker Encrypted Disk

BitLocker Encryption: What is It?

BitLocker Drive Encryption also referred to as BitLocker, is an integral feature in Windows operating systems. It is designed to protect your drive from unauthorized access and protect your data, even in the event someone physically removes your drive and attempts to access it from another computer. 

Unfortunately, if you want to clone BitLocker encrypted disk, as your drive is encrypted, regular disk cloning software may be unable to copy the drive as it can’t access the data. 

Can I Clone BitLocker Encrypted Drive with Clonezilla?

In order to clone your encrypted drive, you will require disk cloning software. Clonezilla, a well-known piece of open source cloning and imaging software, is widely used among Windows PC users. Many users have attempted to clone their BitLocker encrypted partitions using Clonezilla.

Unfortunately, this fails as Clonezilla is unable to recognize or unlock the BitLocker encrypted partitions and clone the drive. So, if you want to use Clonezilla to clone a disk with BitLocker, then you are out of luck!

Free Cloning Software to Clone Encrypted Hard Drive

Luckily, AOMEI Backupper Standard, a specialist tool from AOMEI, can help you easily clone a BitLocker drive. It is free hard drive cloning software that allows you to clone any encrypted drive.

Normally, we would use Intelligent Sector Clone. However, to copy encrypted BitLocker partitions, we'll need the Sector by Sector Clone feature.

  • Sector by Sector clone requires the destination drive to have at least the same capacity as the source disk. If your system drive is encrypted on the source disk, you will be able to successfully boot from the cloned drive without needing to decrypt it first.

  • If you have a smaller destination drive, please decrypt the source hard drive before you start. If you have lost the decryption password for your drive, you will need to find your BitLocker Recovery Key. If your computer is connected to a Domain, you will be able to ask the administrator for the recovery key. Otherwise, you may be able to find your recovery key online

How to Clone BitLocker Encrypted Drive Step by Step

The following content shows the step-by-step guide on cloning drive with bitlocker enabled to SSD or another HDD in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP.

✍ Preparations:

  • Connect the destination drive (the drive you want to clone to) to your PC either through the second drive bay or via a SATA-to-USB adapter.
  • Please be aware that all of the data on the destination disk will be deleted when the cloning process starts. Therefore, backup files that matter to you first. 
  • Download and install AOMEI Backupper on your PC.
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To clone a BitLocker encrypted drive:

Step 1. Run this free hard drive cloning software. Click on Disk Clone under the Clone tab on the left-hand side. 

Disk Clone

Tips: This version only supports cloning non-system disks. If you want to clone system disk, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 2. Select the BitLocker Encrypted drive as the Source disk by clicking on it, then click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select a different disk as the Destination Disk, and then click Next

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In the Operation Summary screen, tick Sector by sector clone, and then click Start Clone to start cloning the encrypted hard drive.

Start Clone

◑ The sector-by-sector method may take a little longer than a traditional hard drive clone as it will also clone any unused space. AOMEI Backupper lets you still use your drive during the cloning process, so nothing will interrupt your work or studies.
◑ If you want to clone encrypted hard drive to SSD, then use the SSD Alignment option to optimize your SSD performance.
◑ In addition to cloning encrypted hard drive, this software also applies to clone HDD to Samsung SSD, clone HDD to Seagate SSHD, clone hard drive to WD SSD, clone NVMe to larger NVMe, etc.

Further Reading: How to Disable BitLocker in Windows

If you want to disable BitLocker after cloning for more convenient use or to avoid recovery troubles, follow the steps below.

1. Go to Control Panel > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

BitLocker Drive Encryption

2. Find the drive on which you want BitLocker Drive Encryption to be turned off, and click Turn off BitLocker.

3. A message is displayed, informing you that the drive will be decrypted and that decryption may take a long time. Click on Turn off BitLocker to begin the decryption process.

9 FAQs on BitLocker Encryption


As you can see, cloning a BitLocker encrypted drive with AOMEI Backupper is as easy as pie. AOMEI Backupper isn’t just limited to its clone function, it has an entire range of useful features and tools.

Most backup software available on the market can’t handle encrypted drives, yet AOMEI Backupper easily provides comprehensive disk backup features for encrypted hard drives! 

AOMEI Backupper is also able to assist you with backing up your encrypted system, partitions, and files. Why not download it now and give it a shot?

Teresa · Editor
Joined AOMEI in 2015, Teresa has become an expert in the areas of data backup and migration. She shares her insights on setting up full protection for a Windows PC/Server and performing hard drive cloning. With a sharp focus on the latest technological trends, she ensures that the information shared is consistently aligned with the ever-evolving developments in the industry.