XXClone Make Bootable Alternative - Clone System Disk with Secure Boot

Want to clone the system to another disk and make it bootable? In old days, XXClone can help you with the Make Bootable feature. Now that its design life has expired, you may need an alternative to perform system disk cloning with secure boot.


by Delia Updated on October 18, 2022

Share this: instagram reddit

What is XXClone Make Bootable?

XXClone is a volume cloning tool on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 to duplicate system volume to another disk, and makes the target volume self-bootable. To do so, you might use the XXClone Make Bootable feature in Cool Tools.

As you can see, there are tons of cases that the new hard drive won’t boot after system cloning, which makes all the effort go to waste. But what actually determines whether the cloned system disk can boot or not?

In general, there are 3 essential data items - the Master Boot Record (MBR), the Boot Sector, and the BOOT.INI file.

The working principle of XXClone Make Bootable is to initialize the 3 data items so as to make the target volume self-bootable. This is not a necessary step, because a normal cloning with XXClone or other disk clone software should make the target drive bootable. But when the target volume is newly partitioned and formatted, or you just encounter an XXClone boot error, this feature might be helpful.

Also, if any of the data items is corrupted, you can use XXClone Make Bootable to fix MBR or rewrite the Boot Sector.

Cool Tools

Does XXClone Make Bootable still work now?

From above introduction, you can see XXClone Make Bootable is a practical tool for system volume cloning with secure boot. Unfortunately, as declared in the official site, the manufacturer Pixelab has ceased operation and stopped accepting any new orders and renewals of XXClone since March 22nd, 2017.

As I tried to install the free version of XXClone, a message popped up saying “This Program’s design life has expired”. In this case, you may need an effective alternative with updated versions and more powerful features.

Xxclone Announcement

Best Alternative to XXClone Make Bootable in Windows 7/8/10

Back in the old days when XXClone hasn't expired, it was a handy and easy-to-use software for system disk backup and clone. But it has certain limitations especially in the free version. For example, incremental backup and non-system volume backup can only be performed in advanced editions.

Moreover, in all editions of XXClone, you can’t select a Dynamic Disk as the target volume, nor backup the entire hard drive instead of individual volumes, which is not effective on hard drive replacement, like clone HDD to SSD.

Therefore, a qualified alternative to XXClone Make Bootable in Windows 7/8/10 should not only be able to make the cloned system disk bootable, but also make up for above mentioned shortcomings. AOMEI Backupper Professional is an example.

What can AOMEI Backupper offer?

● It is a Windows backup & clone software applied to different levels of data. For backup, you can use File Backup, Partition Backup, System Backup and Disk Backup. As for clone, there are Partition Clone, System Clone and Disk Clone. Dynamic volumes on dynamic disk are also supported in Pro edition.

● When performing backup in this software, you can choose full backup, incremental or differential backup; set up schedule to create automatic backup; configure compression level, etc.

● You can clone operating system to another HDD/SSD, or restore a system image to another computer with secure boot.  It enables you to clone system disk from MBR to MBR, MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, GPT to GPT.

● Even the free edition AOMEI Backupper Standard comes with features XXClone paid versions missed, such as disk backup or clone, file compression, partition or volume backup.

Clone System Volume to Another Disk and Make It Bootable 

Now I’ll introduce how to clone the system volumes to another hard drive with secure boot.

First you need to do some preparations:

Uninstall rarely used programs and delete unwanted files in system partitions.

Connect the new HDD or SSD to your computer. If there’s only one slot, use an USB-to-SATA adapter to connect it.

Download and install the XXClone Make Bootable alternative on your computer.

Download Free Trial Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Note: If you are worried about whether your Windows license can be transferred to the new disk, right-click This PC > choose Properties > check if there’s “OEM” in the Product ID > if not, it’s a Retail or Volume key that can be transferred; if yes, the OEM is also transferable between hard drives as long as you don't change the motherboard.

How to clone the system volume and make the target disk bootable

  1. Launch the software, go to Clone tab and choose System Clone. If you want to migrate the entire disk, choose Disk Clone instead.

Choose System Clone

  1. The source system partitions will be automatically selected, you just need to select the destination on the connected new disk and click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

  1. Confirm the operation and click Start Clone.

◉ SSD Alignment: if your destination disk is an SSD, ticking this option will accelerate the reading and writing speed.
◉ Clone Mode: the default intelligent clone mode will clone only the used sectors to save space. It can be used to clone larger drive to smaller drive. If your destination has enough space, you can also tick Sector By Sector Clone option to clone all the sectors no matter used or not.

System Clone Preview Align Checked

  1. After cloning, you need to boot from the cloned system disk. If you connected it via an USB-to-SATA adapter, now it’s time to physically replace the old disk with the new one, otherwise you can skip this step.
  2. Then, press a certain key (F2, F12, ESC, etc.) during the startup to enter BIOS menu. Set the cloned system disk as the first priority in boot order. Press F10 to save changes and reboot.

The required key to enter BIOS depends on your PC module, you can refer to the manual or search on Internet.


Further Reading: Clone System Volume with XXClone Make Bootable (Expired)

Although this program has expired, I’d also like to show you how XXClone Make Bootable works as a supplement.

  1. Connect the target disk and launch XXClone.
  2. Select the source volume and the target volume accordingly.
  3. Click on Cool Tools and then Make Bootable option.

Make Bootable

  1. In the XXClone Making the Target Self-Bootable window, tick the three boxes under Boot Control and then click Start to perform the initialization of the selected items on the target disk.

Make Target Self Bootable

  1. Back to the main interface. Configure Operation Mode and Advanced Settings as you like. Finally, click Start to execute the operation.

You can see the operation is simple, but there are fewer options at the same time. With the alternative AOMEI Backupper, you can enjoy an equally simple process with more powerful features.


XXClone was a practical volume cloning tool with the Make Bootable tool making the target self-bootable. However, it has expired since 2017. If you are finding a currently effective solution, an alternative like AOMEI Backupper would be necessary.

AOMEI Backupper can not only clone system volume to another hard drive, but also other individual partitions or the entire disk. Thus you can replace hard drive without losing data. If you are worried that the computer won’t boot due to system errors, you can also make bootable USB or disc just in case.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.