System Clone/System Migration

July 3, 2019

System clone can migrate system from one computer to another if you want to replace your old computer with a new one but keep the present system.

If you want to replace the old hard drive with a new one for better running speed and performance, or if you want to migrate the operating system to another drive, like migrate OS to SSD, System Clone in AOMEI Backupper is a good feature to complete the task. It will clone the entire system partition as well as its all related partitions that are necessary for system running to the destination location with secure boot.

How to Clone System Partition in AOMEI Backupper?

In the first place, connect the destination drive, SSD or HDD, to your current computer. You may need external disk enclosure or USB-to-SATA cable. This process will clone the entire operating system including system reserved partition and hidden related partitions to the target place. Now, install and launch this cloning software and learn the detailed steps.

  1. Click Clone on the left column then select System Clone.
  2. System Clone

  3. The system related partitions are selected by default. Select the connected SSD or HDD as the destination location to clone your system drive.
  4. Choose Destination SSD

    If the selected location is a used partition, a window will pop up to prompt that this partition will be deleted or overwritten, click "OK" to continue.


  5. There are 2 optional functions within the Operation Summary Window.

    1) Select the "Sector by sector clone" option to copy all sectors of system partition, which may take more time to complete.

    2) The "SSD Alignment" option can also be selected to optimize the performance if the target is an SSD.

    Tips: There is another option "Edit Partitions" available, which allows changing the target driver letter, partition type and edit the partition type, only when the source only has one partition (C: drive only).

  6. Clone System to SSD Preview

  7. Click Start Clone to perform the operation.

For more detail with screenshots, see How to do System Clone?

  • The system partitions do not need to be selected manually as Backupper will select the related system partitions by default.
  • The destination location cannot be the source disk. Also, make sure the selected drive is large enough to contain the system partitions.
  • For encrypted system drives, Backupper will use sector by sector clone way by default.
  • After cloning successfully, shut down the computer, remove the source drive from the computer then restart the computer to enter BIOS to set the cloned system disk as the first boot device. Boot from the destination disk.
  • For the system installed on a dynamic disk, System Clone only able to clone it to a basic disk.