By Lily / Last update June 25, 2021

Why should we clone Windows 10?

Since Microsoft released the latest Windows OS Windows 10, more and more users upgrade their system to Windows 10. Windows 10 has improved many features. However, it is still existing the danger of data losing. To keep the data’s safety, clone Windows 10 after installing it is necessary. Literally, clone Windows 10 means to make an exact copy for it.

Clone Windows 10 can solve a lot of problems. For example, you don’t satisfy with the hard drive disk of your computer and you want to change it to a solid state drive for better performance, you can clone the Windows 10 to migrate system from the HDD to SSD. 

Or if you want to upgrade the hard drive to a larger new one, cloning Windows 10 and all the applications in system drive to the larger new hard drive is a good way.

How to clone Windows 10?

To clone Windows 10, you need a third-party software which can support Windows 10. Here we highly recommend you the greatest powerful clone software AOMEI Backupper Professional, which can make disk clone, system clone and partition clone. 

This software has functions are more than clone, you can use it to backup system, restore system, create bootable media and so on. All the operating steps are simple and easy.

Before cloning Windows 10, you need to prepare a storage hard drive which is large enough to store the data of the Windows 10. It could be a local space, or external hard drive, or USB flash drive.

Here is the step by step guide for how to clone Windows 10 with the greatest powerful clone software - AOMEI Backupper.

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Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, install and launch it. You will see the main interface of it. Click Clone and there are list three clone types: Disk Clone(to clone disk to SSD or another one), System ClonePartition Clone.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Select destination space (System Clone will choose the system partition in default). Here you can select the local space or the external hard drive you plugged in before. 

But what we suggest is to choose a blank one, and if there are some important data on it, you should back them up first because it may delete the data or over written on the destination partition.

Choose Destination Disk

Step 3. You can confirm the clone information here and set more for your cloning. After all the settings, click “Start Clone” to launch the process.

Clone OS

Step 4. After the process reaching 100%, click Finish to exit.


  • Sector by sector clone: means it will clone all the sectors no matter it is used or not, even if the sector is blank or it is a logically bad sector, so, if you check this box, it will take more storage space and longer time.

  • SSD Alignment: highly recommended if you are cloning Windows 10 to SSD, because it will accelerate the reading and writing speed for solid state drive.

In addition, AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free clone software for Windows 10. Actually, it supports almost all the Windows OS including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10(both 32 bit and 64 bit). You can also clone Windows 7 to new hard drive with it easily.