By Lily / Last Updated June 29, 2020

Need to clone NTFS drive

Windows PC started using the NTFS file system by default for its internal drives from Windows XP. Compared to FAT32, NTFS is more secure, robust, and supports larger file sizes and drives. You may need to clone NTFS drive in following situations:

  • Enlarge storage space: the NTFS drive is running out of space and you want to clone it to a larger drive.

  • Backup important data: you saved crucial data on the NTFS drive and you want to clone the data to an external drive as a backup.

As there is no Windows built-in tool which owns the clone feature, you’ll need a professional cloning utility to help you clone a hard drive in NTFS file system. Find such a tool from the next part.

Best freeware to clone NTFS drive in Windows

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free disk clone software, can be your ideal choice. Following are its main features:

✦ Disk Clone: it will clone the whole disk to another disk. You are able to migrate HDD to SSD or clone SSD to larger SSD, etc.
✦ Partition Clone: it can copy the selected partition to another partition. Besides NTFS partitions, you are able to clone partitions using the file system of FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32), exFAT, etc.
✦ VSS technology: the cloning process will run in the background, so you can keep using your computer during the process.
✦ Compatibility: it supports all Windows PC operating systems including Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Just download AOMEI Backupper and follow the instructions below to copy NTFS partition without efforts.

How to clone NTFS partition step by step?

Bear in mind that the destination partition will be overwritten during the cloning process, so backup files on the destination partition before cloning. Then, follow the steps thereinafter to clone an internal NTFS drive to another drive:

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” and select “Partition Clone”.

Partition Clone

Step 2. Select the NTFS partition you want to clone and click “Next”.

Select Source Partition

Step 3. Select another partition to store the cloned data and click “Next”.

Select Destination Partition

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

>> Edit partition: you can choose the partition type (primary partition or logical partition) and drive letter for the destination partition. You can also adjust the partition size. This feature is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher edition.
>> SSD Alignment: use this option to improve the reading and writing speed of the destination partition if it is on an SSD.
>> Sector by sector clone: it will clone every sector on the source partition no matter it is used or not. It requires the destination partition to be equal to or larger than the source partition.

Further reading:

If the NTFS partition you choose to clone contains the operating system, you’d better upgrade to higher edition and use the System Clone feature. It is recommended to migrate OS to SSD for better performance, because there is no point to keep two same operating systems on one disk.

Wrapping things up

You can accomplish cloning NTFS drive in Windows within a few steps if you pick AOMEI Backupper. Apart from the clone feature, AOMEI Backupper is specialized backup and recovery software. You can use it as an alternative to Samsung Recovery Solution in Windows 10 if you own a Samsung laptop.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network. Try it now to discover more!