By Yuka / Last update October 26, 2021

Why need free Windows 11 cloning software?

What's the easiest, simplest free Windows 11 clone software?

“Hi, I want to clone my hard drive, a Toshiba SATA, 1 gig, to a new WD 1 gig (blue) SATA. I tried using the Macrium Reflect program, free, but right near the beginning at the 7 or 8% point, it said clone failed. It wasn't allowed to 'read' the source drive. What's the easiest, simplest free cloning software for SATA? Thanks!”

- Question from Tom’s Hardware 

Free Windows 11 Clone Software

Since the release of Windows11, many users have been looking for a free cloning software. Some of them try to move the hard drive to a new computer and back up their disks on the computer. Others want to transfer data from one hard drive to another for different reasons, including replacing the old HDD with an SSD, upgrading the hard drive to obtain more storage space, and so on.

More importantly, all files and data on the hard disk can be effectively stored as copies through cloning. Cloning includes all kinds of information. For example, information related to your operating system, system files, and other data like passwords, etc. Copying all files manually can also back up your files. However, this process is not enough to copy your system preferences, settings, and configuration to a portable device. For this purpose, it is highly recommended that a cloning software is used.

Best free software to clone hard drive in Windows 11

There are many cloning software on the market. I am here to recommend you the best free cloning softwareAOMEI Backupper Standard. You can use the software to copy/transfer information on your computer, including operating systems, software, patches, and data files. Disk cloning software eliminates the trouble of reinstalling the operating system, saves time and effort, and you don't need to manually reconfigure the system to its original settings. Why does AOMEI Backupper stand out from many software?

✿ Clone system disk to HDD/SSD without reinstalling OS. It supports a variety of hard drives, including HDD, SATA SSD, NVMe M.2 SSD, USB flash drives, SD card, etc.
✿ Clone all brands and modes of SSDs. You can use it to transfer data to Western Digital SSD, to Kingston SSD, etc.
✿ 
Clone hard drive of different size (large to small and vice versa). The "Intelligent Clone" function provided by this software will only clone the used part to another drive.
✿ Clone to SSD by checking its SSD Alignment option to improve SSD performance and prolong its lifespan.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free for Windows PC users with no bundled adware, and it offers a quicker speed of cloning. Download and try its powerful features. You can learn how to clone hard drive on Windows 11 from the next part of the graphics tutorial.

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How to clone Windows 11 to SSD via AOMEI Backupper

In this part, you can learn how to clone Windows 11 to an SSD using AOMEI Backupper. Before starting the cloning process, we need to do some preparatory work.

Install/connect the SSD in Windows 11

If you are using a desktop:

  1. Shut down your computer and cut off the power. Open 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. Then close your computer case and restart it.

If you are using a laptop:

In the laptop computer, you’ll need to buy something like a SATA-to-USB cable, which will let you connect a hard drive to your laptop via USB.

Note✍: If the SSD is used and there are important things on it, please back up files in advance. Because all the data in the destination will be overwritten in the cloning process. If this SSD is new, you should go to Disk Management to initialize it.

Clone Windows 11 to SSD without boot issues

Step 1. Install and start AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then you will see a dark blue interface. Click Clone in the left panel and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Tips✍:
◉ If you just want to clone the system, please consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition.
◉ If you have successfully installed Windows 11 to the MBR disk, you can use the free version to clone. If installed to the GPT disk, you need to use the
advanced version to clone. The free version only supports cloning system disk from MBR to MBR. The higher versions allow to clone system disk from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT.

Step 2. Select the original hard disk containing Windows 11 as the source disk and click Next.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select the SSD as the destination path to clone the source disk and click on Next.

Select Destination SSD

Step 4. In the Operation Summary page, check SSD Alignment option to improve the writing & reading speed of SSD disk. Confirm all other settings and click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Tip:
 Sector By Sector Clone: By default, AOMEI Backupper just clones the existing data (used sectors) on the disk. If you want to clone all sectors on the source disk, regardless of whether it is used or not, please try this option.

Secure boot from the cloned hard drive

  1. Install your cloned hard drive to the computer.
  2. Press the specific key (usually F2, F8, F12, Del) to enter BIOS, and change the boot order to boot from the cloned SSD.

Boot Order

Note✍: If you clone system between MBR disk and GPT disk, you also need to change the boot mode. MBR disk works with Legacy BIOS while GPT disk works with UEFI. To change the boot mode, you need to enter BIOS during startup as well, then select the boot mode (usually under Boot tab) as Legacy or UEFI.

Summary

This is the free Windows 11 clone software I introduced to you. You can see that its interface is simple and easy to operate through the above illustrated tutorial, even a novice can quickly get started.

This software can provide you with much more than cloning. You can use it to create a WinPE bootable USB to help you deploy Windows 11 image. When your computer has some startup problems, this bootable media can also help you start the computer.

With its Backup function, you can backup your User Profile to restore it to a new computer or system, thus avoiding spending a long time to re-customize your new Windows 11. Why hesitate? Try this free Windows 11 cloning software now!