UEFI boot vs BIOS boot
Recent computers use built-in UEFI main board instead of BIOS. UEFI system adopts hard drives initialized with GPT partition style, which allows users to use disk space beyond 2TB, supports faster booting process and more security features etc. Meanwhile, Intel Plans to remove legacy BIOS by 2020 and it may be a trend in the near future.
Now, let's get the basic. Both UEFI and BIOS are firmware interface for computers, acting as a middleman between firmware and operating system. But the UEFI boots faster than BIOS thanks to EFI system partition. This partition stores all information about initialization and startup in the .efi file, as well as boot loader programs for the operating system, so UEFI disk can directly boot the operating system and save the BIOS self-test process.
In BIOS, it will load and wake up the computer's hardware components, then use boot loader to initialize Windows. And it must run in 16-bit processor mode, and only has 1MB space to execute, which make the initializing and booting process very slower.
Why clone UEFI disk?
Although UEFI disk has more advantages of BIOS disk, you still need to clone UEFI disk in some cases. Here are the main reasons why you need to clone EFI disk.
You want to replace the UEFI disk with a large disk.
You want to clone UEFI disk to SSD to get better performance.
You want clone GPT UEFI disk as a backup.
The UEFI disk is falling.
Whatever the reason, you definitely prefer a quick and easy way to clone UEFI disk without the need of reinstalling Windows and programs. To make it, UEFI disk cloning software is needed and AOMEI Backupper Professional is recommended here.
Best UEFI disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional
AOMEI Backupper Professional is a powerful disk cloning software that can do UEFI disk clone as boot drive or data drive. Meanwhile, you don't need to convert MBR disk to GPT before cloning and this software will take care of this process automatically.
So far, this is still an unsolved problem, which may be a challenge for most disk cloning software, but AOMEI Backupper can solve it easily. This is one of main reaons why you should choose AOMEI Backupper. Besides, AOMEI Backupper can do more for you.
Clone UEFI disk to larger hard drive without leaving unallocated space. With the help of "Edit Partitions" feature, you can add unallocated space to all partitions or manually adjust the partition size.
Clone UEFI disk to SSD easily and make it bootable. For most users like you, you may know that SSDs have better performance than HDDs, but SSDs are more expensive and smaller. Therefore, it's necessary for a disk cloning software to clone larger GPT disk to smaller SSD.
Improve SSD performance to reach peak with "SSD Alignment".
What’s more, the cloning process will be running in the background and it won’t interrupt you using the PC. Check the next part to see how to clone UEFI hard disk.
How to clone GPT UEFI disk to SSD in Windows 10/8/7?
Don't want to manually convert MBR to GPT or reinstall Windows? You can use AOMEI Backupper Professional to clone UEFI disk to SSD with the following steps, even for a novice. This software has a very intuitive interface, so users can understand it easily and quickly.
Prepare a blank disk with right form factor and interface as destination. Most laptops have 2.5-inch drive with 7or 9.5mm thickness, and different interfces, such as, SATA, IDE. Just check your laptop manual for sure.
Check the used space of UEFI disk via disk management and make sure that the destination disk can contain all of the data on source disk.
Prepare SATA-to-USB adaptor, dock, encloser or SATA cable if your laptop or desktop only have one slot.
Keep a copy of system or disk backup. If you have done a in-depth research online, you may know there are many examples of SSD won't boot after clone. To help you out, a backup is necessary
Download UEFI disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it.
1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, click “Clone” and “Disk Clone” in order. If you intend to transfer OS to another drive, you can use “System Clone” as instead.
2. In the next screen, tap the original UEFI/GPT disk to mark as source disk and click “Next”.
3. Select new hard drive you want to clone to as the destination disk and click “Next”.
4. Tick "SSD Alignment" to accelerate the reading and writting speed of the destination SSD. Click “Start Clone” to start the Windows UEFI disk clone.
During the process of cloning GPT UEFI disk, this software will ask you if you want to convert the destination disk type to source disk, just click "Yes" to continue. Also, if you choose nothing, it will convert automatically.
To boot from cloned SSD, you need to go to BIOS and set boot priority of SSD, finally press "F10" to save changes and start your computer normally.
This version only supports cloning UEFI disk in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. If you are using server-based operating system, such as, Windows Server 2008/2012/2016/2019 and its R2 version, AOMEI Backupper Server will be a better choice.
Honestly, AOMEI Backupper Professional is a great disk clone software to clone UEFI disk in Windows 10/8/7. With it, you don't need to convert partition style ahead of time and reinstall Windows manually. Give it a try and you will not be disappointed.Click to tweet
That’s all for how to clone UEFI disk in Windows 10/8/7 to SSD. AOMEI Backupper stands out, because it solves many headache disk cloning problems for users, such as, clone hard drive with different sector size, clone disk with different partition style, cloned hard drive show wrong size etc.
Surprisingly, AOMEI Backupper is also taken as a backup and restore software that can be used to upgrade disk or get better performance. The difference is, backup only works after you restore it to target drive.
In a word, no matter whether you want to clone UEFI disk or backup it, AOMEI Backupper Professional is a great choice. It aso has built-in command line for advanced users.