If we compare a hard disk as a bookrack, a partition is a shelf in the bookrack. Only the hard disk is repartitioned as partitions such as C:, D:, E: we usually see in "My Computer", data can be allowed to store on it. A hard disk can be divided into several partitions, and usually there are three or four partitions on a hard disk to store data separately.
Why Need to Clone Partition in Windows 10?
It is clear from what mentioned above, all of the data are stored on partitions. With time goes by your present hard disk may be damaged by hardware failure or wear out. So the data stored on partition are in the risk of being lost. What’s more, for some users of Window 10, in order to manage data easily they have the habit of storing their essential data on the same partition. To protect data for these users, there is no need to clone the whole disk, just clone partition is enough.
Although to make a duplicate of your important data, you can copy and paste them one by one into another space, but you can’t copy and paste the running programs. Besides, it is a time consuming work, if there are large amount of data.
Clone Windows 10 Partition with AOMEI Backupper Standard
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free software for PCs and laptops. It enables you to clone disk and clone partition safely. With it, you can easily clone partition to ideal destination partition without interrupting any running programs.
Step 1. Download, install and open AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone on the left side and then choose Partition Clone.
Step 2. Select the partition you plan to clone and then click Next.
Step 3. Choose destination partition (the destination partition can be unallocated space or an existing partition) and then click Next to go no.
Step 4. In the pop-up window, Start Clone. (if the destination disk is SSD you can choose "Align partition to optimize for SSD" option to optimize the performance SSD and then click , "Sector by sector clone" option refers to clone al the sectors no matter it has been used or not, it will take more time.)
Step 5.When the progress reaches arrives at 100%, please click Finish to exit the interface.
- After cloning partition to the destination partition, all the data on the destination partition will be covered. Therefore, you should back up the important data before cloning.
In Windows operating systems, partitions cannot be cloned to system partition. Only the bootable CD can help to set the system drive as destination partition of clone.
To transfer OS to another hard drive without reinstalling, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional edition or higher.