By AOMEI / Last Updated January 4, 2017

Question: I am using a Windows operating system computer. Recently, I just feel that I can not bear my small and old hard drive anymore, because I can not store more data or install any application on my hard drive. Thus, I just buy a new and larger hard drive so as to upgrade old hard drive. But I am worried about the data transferring, operating system and application reinstallation. Is there a good way to resolve this problem?

Answer: Yes. For Windows users, the most frequently employed method is to copy hard drive to new hard drive. In this case, there is no need to reinstall Windows and applications or worry about data transferring.

Factors of Perfect Software Judgment

Before carrying out the disk clone operations, the step of choosing the most suitable disk clone software plays an important role as well. As far as I am concerned, the listed three factors should be taken into consideration.

Foremost, it is the functionality. A perfect disk clone software should meet your need. This is the basic and fundamental element that needs to be considered in choosing disk clone tool.

Then, it is the service. For some users who are not familiar with this kind of software, some basic and necessary tips and demonstrations about the operations can be of great help.

Last but not least, it is the price. If a powerful tool is also free of charge, there is no doubt that it would be very popular.

According to the factors mentioned above, we need to select a great disk cloning software, which can copy hard drive to new hard drive without Windows reinstallation will be strongly recommended to all the users.

Free Disk Cloning Software: AOMEI Backupper

As a full-featured disk copy tool, AOMEI Backupper can work for home and business Windows users. It includes two methods to copy hard drive, sector-by-sector copy and quick copy. During the operating process, the partitions on the new hard drive can be resized according to the users' needs.

1. Download and run this software on your computer. Install the new drive in the computer’s second drive bay or connect it with USB-to-SATA adapter.

2. Click “Clone” and select “Disk Clone” at the next screen. If you only want to transfer the system, you can use “System Clone”.

Disk Clone

3. Select the original drive as the source disk and new hard drive as the destination disk.

Source Disk

4. Click “Start Clone” to start the cloning process.

Start Clone

In addition, this powerful tool possesses many other functions as well, such as disk/partition backup and restore, image file checking, system backup, etc. All these functions can help to ensure data and system protection. So just download and have a try.

If it is a laptop that has one drive bay and you don’t want to purchase a USB-to-SATA adapter, you can backup your original hard drive and then restore to the new hard drive. You can follow this process:

1. backup the old hard drive to an external storage device,

2. create a bootable USB disk or CD,

3. replace the old hard drive with the new one,

4. use the bootable media to boot your computer,

5. restore the backup.