By AOMEI / Last Updated October 9, 2020

Why clone Windows 10 HDD to another hard drive?

In our daily life, users often clone an old HDD to a new HDD or an SSD with a free Windows 10 HDD clone software. Why do you need to clone a hard drive in Windows 10? Let’s go into more detail.

HDD to HDD:

  • Firstly, you believe your old HDD need to be upgraded for a good performance. At the same time, you have some meaningful data on it. Then, you can move them to a new destination just in case.

  • Secondly, you want to migrate some data to another place. These data are very special for you. You need to care about the safety of them or even you just don’t want to put them with others together.

  • Finally, a hard disk drive is more affordable than an SSD, and this is why so many people choose to clone with an HDD even though he knows the practicability of an SSD.

HDD to SSD:

Why should you perform Windows 10 HDD clone to a solid state disk? That depends on the merits of the SSD.

  • To begin with, shorter operating system boot time. Around 22 seconds to boot up it.

  • Then, less power draw with no noise.

  • Finally, opening files with fast speed.

Well, whatever the reason, to clone Windows 10 HDD to another hard drive, cloning software is needed. Just keep reading to learn the best cloning software that free for Windows OS.

The best free HDD cloning software for Windows 10

People care more about the safety, practicability and easy operation of Windows 10 HDD clone. AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free cloning software for Windows 10 can be your best choice.

  • It can help you clone the entire HDD to another HDD/SSD, including operating system, installed applications and all the other data you will never want to lose.

  • It allows you to clone only used parts to another drive with the “Intelligent clone” function which makes it possible to clone larger drive to smaller drive.

Besides, this best software can also support Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (all editions, 32/64-bit). Simple interface, easy steps also make this HDD cloning software be praised by users. How do you use this cloning software? You can refer to the following steps. In the first place, download the free Windows 10 cloning software.

Steps of cloning Windows 10 HDD with the free software

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard and a simple interface will appear. You can click the Clone tab. Then, choose Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Note: This version only supports cloning disk with the same partition tyle, such as, cloning GPT disk to GPT disk. If you want to clone GPT disk to MBR or migrate MBR disk to GPT, you could consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 2. Select your HDD (here is Disk 0) as the source disk. Then click Next.

Source Disk

Step 3. Choose your new HDD or SSD as a destination disk (take Disk 1 for example) and click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 4. In this interface, you can have a preview. Then click Start Clone to migrate Windows 10 hard drive.

Start Clone

Notes:

  • You can click Edit Partitions to choose Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions, and Manually adjust partition size (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional ). The last option can help you edit the size of every partition of the disk.

  • Sector by sector clone means clone all sectors on the old HDD. It needs a longer time to clone.

  • If your destination disk is an SSD, you can choose SSD Alignment to accelerate the speed of your SSD.

  • After cloning, the data of the destination disk will be overwritten. You should backup your important data firstly.

  • If you've cloned system HDD to another in Windows 10, make sure to change boot order or replace the old hard drive to boot from the cloned drive.

Conclusion

You can clone an HDD so easily with AOMEI Backupper, a free Windows 10 disk clone software. You require only a few simple steps to move your Windows 10 hard drive to a new HDD or an SSD. It is highly recommended that to use the functions of the AOMEI Backupper Professional - system clone and system migration to HDD/SSD, migrate Windows 10/8/7 to SSD/HDD, etc.