By Ivy / Last Updated January 19, 2021

When you search “clone to dissimilar hardware”, you may see that there are dozens of articles about backup and restore system to dissimilar hardware. Then, you will be very confused. What is the meaning of dissimilar hardware clone? How to do that?

Don’t worry. Just see below. I’ll answer you one by one. Here is a quick navigation for content of this article:

What does “clone to dissimilar hardware” mean?

Cloning to dissimilar hardware means migrating OS or disk to another computer with different hardware, such as, motherboard, CPU, etc. It’s very similar to backup and restore system to dissimilar hardware. The only difference is that both operation use different functions. The first one use the Clone feature while the second combine the Backup and Restore feature together.

During the cloning process, there is a possibility that the cloned SSD won’t boot, owing to wrong boot mode and boot order, damaged MBR or BCD, etc. Thus, you need to use a reliable disk cloning software.

Can you clone system or disk to dissimilar hardware?

In general, you are only allowed to clone system or disk to a computer with the same hardware. If clone Windows to different hardware, your computer may not start as normal. But, in Windows 10, the built-in driver has strong compatibility, which can help you access the system in most cases.

In sum, cloning OS or hard drive to different hardware can only be used on Windows 10. And you cannot use this method on all the previous version of Windows 10, such as, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.

When need to do dissimilar hardware clone?

Situation 1: Migrate current system to new computer with different hardware

If you use a computer for many years and it becomes slower and slower, you may want to replace it. But, in most cases, users want to retain the original system, because they are used to all the settings and preferences on the old computer.

More so, they are not willing to reinstall all the programs from scratch. It’s time-consuming. Thus, cloning to dissimilar hardware can be a great choice.

Situation 2: Recover the failed system with different hardware

This is another situation. When one of your computer crash, you can clone system or disk on a working computer and then replace HDD with SSD, change the boot order in the BIOS and boot from the cloned SSD.

How to clone Windows 10 to different hardware easily?

There are many disk cloning software on the market, why should you use AOMEI Backupper Professional. Here are some highlights of it, please stay for while and check them carefully.

❤ Support "System Clone", "Disk Clone" and "Partition Clone". The previous two options will includes boot drive(s) required to start Windows, so you can install it on a new computer even with different hardware and boot from it.
❤ Support cloning OS from smaller disk to larger disk, and vice versa.
❤ Support cloning HDD/SSD and MBR/GPT disk. Thus, you can use it to clone disk to larger disk, clone large HDD to smaller SSD, clone 2TB MBR to 3TB GPT without converting partition style, etc.
❤ Use "SSD Alignment"to optimize the performance of SSD disk. This feature makes use of 4k technology, so it can greatly accelerate the reading and writting speed of SSD disk.
❤ Adjust partition size of the destination disk with its "Edit Partitions" feature.

This is why we recommend this software, it can satisfy most users' needs. Then, let's get started to clone Windows 10 to dissimilar hardware with AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 1. Click the download button below to install AOMEI Backupper Professional and launch it. Connect the SSD disk to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

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Step 2. Click Clone and System Clone. To clone disk, you can click Disk Clone.

Choose System Clone

Step 3. Select the connected SSD as the destination path and click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment to improve the performance of your SSD disk. Then, preview the system partition and boot related partition as well as SSD disk, click Start Clone.

System Clone Preview Both Checked

❤ If your computer does to start, you still can create a bootable disk and then clone the system or disk.
❤ If your old computer is currently using Windows 7/8//8.1, you can use dissimilar hardware restore in the Backup and Restore feature. It's a different form of cloning.
❤ If you want deploy or clone image to multiple computers, you can use the built-in tool AOMEI Image Deploy. But this tool is only available on AOMEI Backupper Tech or TechPlus. You need to upgrade to it first.

Wrapping things up

You may want to clone to dissimilar hardware under a certain situation. Please remember that this method only works for Windows 10 and the hardware needs to be similar. Don’t use it on Windows XP/7/8/8.1, because your computer will fail to boot after cloning to different hardware.

If your computer is Windows 7/8/8.1/Vista, you can backup system first, then restore system image via Universal Restore feature. This feature is to ensure that you can boot normally after system restore.