User case: how do I copy HDD to HDD?
As we can see, the user in Case 1 has run out of storage and wants to copy data between two drives when upgrading to larger hard drive. And the latter user wants to copy all data as well as the Windows 7 OS in one hard disk to another hard disk.
As we all know, we can transfer any file with "Copy" and "Paste", but this is only suitable when the number of files is small. What if there are large groups of files you want to copy and the drive you want to copy contains various programs or even an operating system? If you still use "Copy" and "Paste", your computer may not start due to the loss of some hidden files.
So, what tool do you need to help you easily copy all kinds of files, programs or operating systems in one HDD to another HDD you want intact? Please keep reading.
Best HDD to HDD copy software for free
AOMEI Backupper is the best disk cloning software which helps you copy all the data from one disk to another intact and ensures that the computer can be started normally after cloning. It can support many disk types, such as SSDs, HDDs, USBs, and external USB drives. You can clone hard drive while you are working on the computer, which is called "Live Disk Cloning". Most importantly, it offers many brilliant features and options.
◈ Sector by Sector Clone: AOMEI Backupper enables users to clone smaller hard drive to larger drive. By default, this disk clone software just clones the existing data (the used sectors) on the disk. If you would like to clone all the sectors on the source disk, whether it is used or not, please try the "Sector by sector clone" option.
◈ Edit Partitions: you can adjust partition size of destination disk with this feature to fix the problem that cloned hard drive show wrong size when you clone disk to larger disk.
Supported in all Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, AOMEI Backupper can not only provide you with cloning features, but also Backup, Restore, Sync, etc. Learn how to clone HDD to HDD in Windows 10/8/7 in the next part.
How to copy HDD to HDD in Windows 10/8/7
Step 1. Launch hard drive cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard, then you will see its deep-blue screen. Click Clone and then select Disk Clone to start hard drive copy.
Step 2. Select the original HDD on your computer as the source disk. Then, click Next.
Step 3. Select the new HDD as the destination disk. Then, click Next.
Step 4. Check the operation summary and click Start Clone to clone the original HDD to the new one.
Step 5. Wait until the process complete 100% and click Finish.
Boot from the cloned hard drive involves the OS securely
Just like the request of the second user in the above case, the HDD he copied has an installed system. When cloning is done, how to boot from the cloned hard drive correctly?
- Restart your computer.
- Press a specific key (usually F2, F8, F12, Del) to enter BIOS Setup.
- Click Boot, then set the cloned disk as first boot device in BIOS.
Tips: You can also replace the old hard drive with the new drive directly to boot from the cloned drive.
Since Windows doesn’t have a built-in cloning feature in its range of backup tools, we have to use a third-party software to clone HDD to HDD/SSD. AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition is the most credible and the most convenient HDD to HDD copy software. After reading the above introduction, I believe you have also discovered the convenience of this software. It is completely free for personal use. More features are waiting for you to explore, such as auto backuo folders to USB drive. Try it right now!