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
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:
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?
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.
Install and Initialize New SSD in Windows 11
- Make sure your computer is fully powered off.
- Unscrew and remove the side of the computer tower case to expose the internal hardware and wiring.
- Connect a power cable to the SSD and attach a SATA connector.
- Close your computer case and restart it.
- After Windows 11 boots up, press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, type diskmgmt.msc, and click OK to open Disk Management.
- Right-click on the new SSD and select Initialize Disk. Choose the MBR or GPT partition style for 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.
Step 2. On the dark blue interface, click Clone -> Disk Clone.
Step 3. Select the original hard drive contains Windows 11 as the source disk and click Next.
Step 4. Select the target SSD on the computer as the destination disk and then click Next.
Step 5. Preview all settings and check the "SSD Alignment" option to optimize the performance of this SSD. Then click Start Clone.
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.
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.
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.
Step 4. Wait until the operation is complete, click 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:
- Restart the computer and press F2/F10/Del key to enter BIOS.
- Go to the Boot Menu, at the boot priority section, set the new SSD as the boot drive.
- Press F10 to save all the changes and restart the computer.
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.