By Lily / Last update November 17, 2021

Why should we clone Windows 10?

Released on July 29, 2015, Windows 10 has improved many features, so more and more users upgrade their system to Windows 10. However, the danger of data loss still exists. To keep the data safe, cloning Windows 10 after installing it is necessary. Literally, cloning Windows 10 means making an exact copy for it.

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

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

What's the best free clone software for Windows 10?

As there is no built-in clone tool in Windows, you need third-party software to clone Windows 10. Here we highly recommend the best Windows 10 clone software for free - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

  • It offers the Disk Clone feature to help you copy data from one hard drive to another. Also, there is a Partition Clone feature allowing you to copy NTFS partition, FAT32 partition, and Ext4 partition, etc.
  • It provides the Intelligent Clone mode (default) which makes it possible to clone a larger drive to a smaller drive. If you want to clone every byte of the original hard drive, you can use the Sector By Sector Clone mode.
  • It supports all the Windows PC OS including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/11 (both 32 bit and 64 bit).

All the operating steps are quite simple. Download it now to have a try!

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How to clone an entire hard drive with Windows 10 installed

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

Here is the step-by-step guide for how to clone HDD to SSD in Windows 10 with the best free clone software - AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. You will see the main interface of it. Click Clone and select the clone type: Disk Clone.

Choose Disk Clone

Note: If you want to clone only Windows 10 instead of the whole system disk, you need to upgrade to the professional edition of AOMEI Backupper and use the System Clone feature. You can also clone a system disk from GPT to GPT, MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR with the Pro edition.

Step 2. Select the original hard drive as the source disk and click Next.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination disk and click Next. Here you can select a different local disk or an external hard drive you plugged in before.

Select Destination Disk

Note: It is suggested to choose a blank disk. If there is important data on the target hard drive, you should backup data first because it will be overwritten after cloning.

Step 4. You can confirm the clone information here and set more for your cloning. To clone Windows 10 from HDD to SSD, SSD Alignment is recommended because it will accelerate the reading and writing speed of the SSD. After all the settings, click Start Clone to launch the process.

Start Clone

>> Edit Partitions: it allows you to adjust partition size on the destination disk.
>> Sector By Sector Clone: it will clone all the sectors on the source disk, even if the sector is blank or it is a logically bad sector. Thus, if you check this box, it will take more storage space and longer time.

Step 5. After the process reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.

As you see, AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free clone software for Windows 10. Actually, it has many functions other than clone. You can use it to backup system, restore system, create bootable media and so on.