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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.


  • 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.


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 free hard drive cloning software for Windows 10.

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 one of your best choice.

  • It can help you clone HDD to SSD or another HDD, 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.

  • It allows you to clone hard drive with bad sectors by using "Sector by sector clone" feature.

  • It allows you to optimize the overall performance of SSD disk with "SSD Alignment" feature.

  • It allows you to clone MBR disk to MBR disk and clone GPT disk to GPT.

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 worldwide 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. 

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Steps of cloning hard drive in Windows 10 with free software

With the help of best free Windows 10 hard drive cloning software, the cloning process can be very easy, even the green hand can operate like a professional.  Is it really that simple? Not, you need to do some hard work before starting.

  • You need to backup your important data firstly. That's because the data of the destination disk will be overwritten after cloning. Also, you can create a disk backup to prevent system crash owing to human error.

  • If your computer is a laptop with only one drive bay, you need an SATA to USB cable or adapter to connect disk for cloning.

  • Check the disk partition style through its properties in disk management and be sure both are MBR disk or GPT disk. 

  • Uninstall some programs or transfer larger files to free up disk space, so the disk can fit on the smaller drive like an SSD. (optional)

Then, follow the steps below to clone hard drive with the best free disk cloning software for Windows 10. Also, these steps are applicable to Windows 8/7/XP/Vista.

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 system disk from MBR to MBR. If you want to clone GPT system disk to MBR, migrate MBR system disk to GPT, or move GPT system 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. If your destination disk is an SSD, you can choose SSD Alignment to accelerate the speed of your SSD.

Start Clone

• Edit Partitions is to adjust partition size of target disk. You can choose "Copy without resizing partitions", "Add unused space to all partitions", or "Manually adjust partition size", and the last two options are available on the AOMEI Backupper Professional. Among the three options, only the last option can edit the size of every partition of the disk.
• Sector by sector clone means cloning all sectors on the old HDD whether used or not. It requires the target disk is larger than or equal to the source disk and needs a longer time to clone.
• 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.
• This software also applies to clone SSD to new SSD, clone SATA SSD, clone system from Intel SSD to another, clone NVMe to larger NVMe SSD, etc. Because it's an SSD cloning software as well.


You can clone an HDD so easily with AOMEI Backupper, a free HDD cloning software in Windows 10. You require only a few simple steps to move your Windows 10 hard drive to a new HDD or an SSD.

Actually, it still has other useful features to secure your computer, such as, system clone and system migration to HDD/SSD, migrate Windows 10/8/7 to SSD/HDD, etc.

If you happen to have this need, please download this software to have a try. After all, practice is to test the truth of everything.

For IT maintenance and support engineers, it's suggested to use the technician or techplus. It is convenient to backup, restore or clone on different computer without installing it first by creating portable version of this software.