By Delia / Last update September 7, 2021

Why Need System Clone in Windows 10?

Usually, with time goes by the free space of hard disk will become less and less due to the installed programs, temporary files, caches or other things. If the situation is still remaining, you will be warned with low disk space by Windows 10, especially for your system partition. Low disk space will lead to slow booting up speed and data accessing speed. This will bring trouble to your work.

In order to solve this problem, many users choose to upgrade hard drive in Windows 10 to a larger drive or an SSD. Of course, you can reinstall things on the new disk to finish the upgrade. But the fact is that users don’t expect to reinstall system. In this situation, you need system clone in Windows 10 to avoid reinstalling system. What is system clone? It refers to moving the exactly same OS in your present hard disk to a larger one or an SSD.

Best Windows 10 System Clone Software - AOMEI Backupper

If you prefer one easy & quick way to clone OS in Windows 10, then powerful disk cloning software named AOMEI Backupper Professional can be your best choice. It provides System Clone and Disk Clone features to help you clone Windows 10 system.

  • System Clone: It will automatically detect system-related partitions (such as C drive, system reserved partition, etc.) and copy them to the target drive. System customized settings, personal files and installed programs on the system drive will be copied to target new drive as well.

  • Disk Clone: It enables you to clone the whole hard drive with the OS to the new hard drive. And it’s possible to clone larger drive to smaller SSD.

It's different from the simple copy and paste. System Clone feature in AOMEI Backupper will allow you to boot up your computer and run the application programs without reinstalling the system. In addition, with the user-friendly interface, you can complete Windows 10 system clone job with no effort. Keep reading to get the detailed steps.

How to Clone Windows 10 System to SSD or HDD with Simple Steps?

First, install or connect the target hard drive to your computer. Make sure it is detected. Then, install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Now follow the guidance below to clone system drive in Windows 10 via AOMEI Backupper:

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Step 1. Click Clone and select System Clone. To clone hard drive to SSD or another HDD, select Disk Clone.

Windows System Clone

Step 2. This software will select system partition(s) as source partition(s) automatically. So just choose the destination partition and then click Next to continue.

Select Destination Partition

✍ Notes:

  • Please select the first partition or area as the destination location for system; otherwise, you can’t boot up Windows 10 system from the target disk.

  • If there are data on the destination partition, all the data will be overwritten or deleted during the cloning process. Please backup important files or synchronize files to another place beforehand.

Step 3. Click Start Clone to begin system clone progress after you confirm the source and destination partitions.

Preview Clone

>> SSD Alignment: if the destination disk is an SSD, you can choose this option to improve the performance of SSD.
>> Sector By Sector Clone: it will clone all the sectors on system partition(s) no matter whether they are used or not and this will take longer time.

Step 4. When the progress gets 100%, please click Finish to exit the interface.


Tips: To boot off Windows 10 from the cloned drive, you can either change boot order in BIOS or replace the old hard drive with the new drive.


As you can see, AOMEI Backupper offers you an easy way to perform system clone in Windows 10. Besides, AOMEI Backupper is not only specialized cloning software for Windows 10 but also powerful backup & restore software. It can help users to backup Windows 10 to external hard drive, make an event-triggered scheduling backup, and perform universal restore to dissimilar hardware, etc.

All Windows PC operating systems including Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional. If you are running Windows Server, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.