By Yuka / Last update January 12, 2022

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Clone A Windows 11 Drive

“I am about to get an NVMe M.2 storage and I would like this to be my main boot-up device. I currently have a Samsung SSD doing the job. You know what is coming next! What is the easiest way to clone my existing drive onto the NVMe to use it as my main Windows drive, is there any software can do the job... Thanks very much for your help with this issue.”

- Question from Windows Eleven Forum

Bootable Clone Windows 11

Need to clone hard drive on Windows 11

Windows 11 has been officially released for some time, and many eligible Windows 10 users have performed Windows 11 free upgrade from Windows 10. Immediately afterwards, some users want to find a reliable Windows11 cloning software to help them clone disks on Windows 11. What is the purpose of cloning a hard drive? Some common reasons are listed below:

 Upgrade hard drives on Window 11 or replace aging disks with new ones. Many users, like the users in the above case, want to replace the original disk to get better computer performance. Cloning a hard drive can easily transfer all the data on the original one to the new one.
◑ Back up data to prevent unforeseen disasters. Cloning a hard drive means creating a digital copy of the entire data on another hard drive. You can easily retrieve any lost data on the original disk through this backup.
◑ Migrate OS to other places without reinstalling. For most users, migrating the operating system by reinstalling the operating system, system settings, and other necessary applications is a big project. In contrast, OS cloning saves time and effort.

Best Windows 11 cloning software – secure boot

There is no software that can perform disk cloning in the computer's own system. You can only use third-party software to clone disks on Windows11. It is very important to find a reliable cloning software that can help you transfer data or OS while also ensuring the integrity of the data. It also ensures that you can safely boot from the new hard drive.

AOMEI Backupper Professional is the most reliable and comprehensive cloning software for Windows 11 users on the market. In addition to Windows 11, it is also suitable for other operating systems, such as Windows10/8/7/XP/Vista. What can you do with this powerful software?

✪ Clone different hard drives: With its help, you can clone HDDs, SATA SSDs, NVMe M.2 SSDs, USB flash drives, and SD cards, etc.
✪ Three clone methods: It enables you to perform Disk Clone, Partition Clone and System Clone according to different needs.
✪ Clone hard drives of different sizes: You can use the "Intelligent Clone" function to clone a larger drive to a smaller drive. This function will only clone the used part to another drive. It also allows you to use the "Sector-by-sector Clone" function to make a 1:1 copy of the hard drive.
✪ Supports different disk partition styles: It allows you to clone system disks from MBR to MBR, GPT to GPT, MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR.

These are the brief introductions of this software. Next, I will show you how to use the “Disk Clone” function of this software to clone Windows 11 to SSD. This function can clone all data on the system disk and non-system disk, and you can safely boot from the cloned disk. If you just want to migrate the OS to SSD or other places, please using the “System Clone” function.

How to clone Windows 11 to SSD and make it bootable

Before cloning Windows 11 to SSD, you need to do some preparations. Follow the detailed steps below to perform a bootable clone on Windows 11.

Note✍: The data on the target location will be overwritten after cloning process. If you plan to clone Windows 11 to a used SSD and there are some important data on it, please backup files in advance.

Install and Initialize New SSD in Windows 11

  1. Make sure your computer is fully powered off.
  2. Unscrew and remove the side of the computer tower case to expose the internal hardware and wiring.

Computer Internal Hardware and Wiring

  1. Connect a power cable to the SSD and attach a SATA connector.

Connect SSD

  1. Close your computer case and restart it.
  2. After Windows 11 boots up, press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, type diskmgmt.msc, and click OK to open Disk Management.

Open Disk Management

  1. Right-click on the new SSD and select Initialize Disk. Choose the MBR or GPT partition style for SSD.

Note✍: In order to have better compatibility with Windows11, it is recommended to choose GPT.

Initialize SSD

How to perform bootable disk cloning on Windows 11

After the preparations are completed, you can use AOMEI Backupper to perform a bootable clone on Windows 11. Follow the graphic tutorial for details.

Clone Windows 11 system disk to SSD without losing any data

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and open it.

Download Free Trial Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. On the dark blue interface, click Clone -> Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the original hard drive contains Windows 11 as the source disk and click Next.

Select the Original Disk

Step 4. Select the target SSD on the computer as the destination disk and then click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 5. Preview all settings and check the "SSD Alignment" option to optimize the performance of this SSD. Then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Tip✍:
● Edit Partitions: It allows you to edit the size of the partitions on the destination disk. Please note that the first option is not available when you clone to a smaller disk.

Edit Partitions

Clone only Windows 11 operating system to SSD

Step 1. Click Clone in the left panel of this program. Choose System Clone to clone only Windows 11 operating system to SSD.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. It will automatically select the System drive and related drives by default. Select the target SSD as the destination disk and click Next to continue.

Select the Target SSD

Step 3. Confirm all your settings. Check SSD Alignment to improve the reading and writing speed of the target SSD. Then, click Start Clone to perform this operation.

Confirm Settings and Start Clone

Step 4. Wait until the operation is complete, click Finish.

Finish

Boot from the cloned SSD with Windows 11

If the original hard drive contains your operating system-Windows 11, you need to follow the steps here to make the newly cloned SSD bootable:

  1. Restart the computer and press F2/F10/Del key to enter BIOS.
  2. Go to the Boot Menu, at the boot priority section, set the new SSD as the boot drive.

Set New SSD as Boot Drive

  1. Press F10 to save all the changes and restart the computer.

Summary

That’s all for performing a bootable clone on Windows 11 without losing any data. With AOMEI Backupper Pro, you can easily protect your system as well as the data. You never have to worry about system crashes or any Windows 11 BSOD errors. Because you can restore Windows 11 computer to earlier date with this software effortlessly.

It’s also the best alternative to Windows 11 File Sharing which can help you sync folders between different locations. There are more features worth exploring, download the free trial version and try it now.