Disk Clone vs System Clone - All You Want to Know
Don’t know which is better when it comes to disk clone and system clone? Read this article carefully to get clear ideas.
🌟 Video Guide: How to Run Disk Clone or System Clone
What is disk clone or system clone?
In computing, clone is a method of replicating every bit of information from one place to another and making the source and the destination exactly the same. There are two types of clone when it comes to upgrading hard drive: disk clone and system clone. What are they?
- Disk clone is the process of copying the entire disk. All data saved on the drive will be transferred, including the operating system, applications, drivers and personal files.
- System clone copies only the system partition and system-related partition(s), such as EFI system partition and recovery partition. All information that is necessary for system to run in the destination location will be transferred, and so will other files you store on system partitions.
Now you see the difference between disk clone and system clone is to clone either the entire disk or particular partitions. Then, how to choose between them?
System clone vs disk clone: how to choose between them
To choose from disk clone and system clone, you may take following things into consideration:
1. The contents you want to transfer
If you want to get an exact copy of the original drive, then choose disk clone. If you only want to use the old operating system on the new drive, then pick system clone.
2. The capacity of the destination disk
When cloning a larger disk to a smaller disk, you should make sure that the destination disk is big enough to hold all data saved on the source disk if you use disk clone. Sometimes you have to use system clone due to the capacity limitation.
System clone or disk clone? That depends on your demands and how many data your destination disk can hold. As there’s no built-in cloning utility in Windows, you may look for reliable third-party cloning software.
All-in-one cloning software in Windows - AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper Professional, powerful cloning software for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, offers both Disk Clone and System Clone features. Wanna know AOMEI Backupper Disk Clone vs. System Clone? Please read on.
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How to perform system clone or disk clone
Now let’s learn detailed steps of performing disk clone and system clone via AOMEI Backupper. Take cloning to an SSD as an example.
Case 1: Clone HDD to SSD via AOMEI Disk Clone
Step 1. Run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.
Step 2. Select the current disk as the source disk.
Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination disk.
Step 4. Tick “SSD Alignment”. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.
- Sector by sector clone: it will clone every sector on the source disk no matter it is used or not, which requires the destination disk to be equal to or larger than the source disk.
- To get the best performance from the cloned disk, it's suggested to clone Windows 10 to NVMe SSD. Because it has the fastest transfer speed.
- Besides HDD to SSD cloning software, it is still an M.2 SSD cloner. Thus, you can use it to clone M.2 SSD to M.2 SSD, migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD, etc.
Case 2: Migrate OS to SSD using AOMEI System Clone
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” and select “System Clone”.
Step 2. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Select the partition on the connected SSD as the destination path and click “Next”.
Step 3. Tick “SSD Alignment” to improve the read/write speed of the target SSD and click “Start Clone”.
- Make full use of disk space: If the target disk is larger than the source disk, then the software will by default check Make full use of disk space checkbox to expand the system partition.
- To boot from the new drive, you can either change boot order in BIOS or replace the source disk with the destination SSD.
To sum up
You have learned disk clone vs. system clone from this page. The best cloning software AOMEI Backupper can help you complete these two tasks perfectly. Apart from the clone feature, AOMEI Backupper is specialized backup and sync software. You may use it to do system backup, disk backup, file synchronization and more. If you are a server user who is running Windows Server 2019/2016/2012, etc, AOMEI Backupper Server is available. Go for it right now!