A dual boot hard drive means you installed two operating systems on the same hard disk. And you can choose to boot from either of them.
When to clone dual boot hard drive?
Like a single boot operating system, you may want to clone hard drive in the following situations.
1. You want to replace the original hard drive with a bigger one.
Usually, you can install more than one hard drive in the desktop computer. But, in laptop, you can only use one internal hard drive.
2. Your computer run slowly.
In general, when you buy a computer, it will come with a hard drive. But your computer will become very slowly when you are playing a big game or execute multiple tasks.
3. You do not want to reinstall operating system and programs.
Sometimes, your hard drive may encounter some unreasonable failures, including hardware failure, virus, file system failure, etc.
In this cases, many users want to avoid reinstalling the operating system and programs. It's time-consuming.
Will non-Windows System Be Cloned?
In windows-based operating system, there is no difference between clone a dual boot hard drive and clone a single boot hard drive. Thus, if you want to clone Windows-based hard drive in dual bot operating system, you can clone disk with a disk cloning software as normal.
But some users have non-Windows system on the existing computer, such as Linux. You may wonder if it can be cloned and the cloned hard drive can boot successfully.
The non-Windows system can be cloned as long as the disk cloning software you use can recognize the file system of non-Windows operating system. I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. It can recognize all kinds of file system, including Ubuntu file system, Ext3, Ext4, etc.
In general, if you just clone either operating system or boot files, your computer will fail to boot. You need to clone both operating system and boot files. If you do not know which partition contains boot files, you can use free AOMEI Backupper. It will choose the operating system and other partitions related to operating system for you.
In addition, you'd better clone hard drive with dual boot operating system in previous version. For example, if you have both Windows XP and Windows 7, you'd better clone hard drive in Windows XP.
How to Clone Dual Boot Hard Drive to SSD with Ease?
Free disk cloning software: AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper, a free disk cloning software, can help you clone dual boot hard drive to SSD without extra effort. It's the same as cloning hard drive in a single operating system.
During the cloning process, you can enjoy more advanced features, including Edit partition on the destination disk, Sector by sector clone, Align partition to optimize for SSD.
The first one is very useful, especially when you clone disk to larger disk. It can avoid the unallocated space after cloning. The second one can help you clone all sectors whether used or not on the original disk. The last one help you accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD disk.
Clone hard drive with dual boot
In the following, I just take the Windows XP and Windows 7 as an example and show you how to clone dual boot hard drive to a new hard drive.
Before starting the operation, you have to connect your SSD hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be recognized by Windows.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and then boot into Windows XP system, select Disk Clone under the Clone tab.
Step 2. Select the Source Disk that you want to clone and click Next.
Step 3. Select your SSD hard drive as Destination Disk, then click Next.
Step 4. Preview the information of Source Disk and Destination Disk, then set the advanced settings you want on this page.
Step 5. Backup personal files before you start the operation. In this Wizard page, you can see that the existing data on the Destination Disk will be overwritten. If there is any important data, you would better backup files in advance.
Step 6. Wait for the progress and click Finish
This software can also be applied to Ubuntu clone dual boot hard drive. If you have Ubuntu operating system, you can try this software.
Free AOMEI Backupper is a great choice for you to clone dual boot hard drive. You can finish all the steps in a very short time. And It offers you extra useful features. Besides, you can enjoy corresponding features including System Clone, Partition Clone.