By Ivy / Last update December 13, 2021

Can I Clone Windows 7 to New Hard Drive or SSD?

How to clone Windows 7 system to new hard drive?

Hello, I currently have a Windows 7 OS on an older computer that I’d like to copy over on to the new drive, I never done this before. Does anyone knows a program used to accomplish this Windows 7 system clone? Thanks in advance.

If you encounter the same issue in your computer, you may look for free system clone software or hard drive cloning software  to do this. However, Windows 7 or other Windows PC systems not provide such software.

Hence, It’s highly recommended to try a professional third-party system clone software to get this job done.

Why Perform System Clone in Windows 7?

There are many reasons you might want to clone system in Windows 7, below are the most common options.

  • Cloning system partition for a copy of backup. Then, in the event of a disaster, you can easily and quickly replace hard drive with the cloned disk.
  • Upgrade hard drive to new hard drive with high capacity, or use SSD disk for better performance.
  • migrate system from old computer to new computer, so you can keep all the default configuration, settings, apps, personal data without reinstalling. 

Professional Software to Clone Windows 7 System Partition 

So how to clone Windows 7 to new hard drive or SSD without reintalling? By far, the best way is to use a professional system or disk clone software like AOMEI Backupper Professional.

By using it, you can do system clone or disk clone to move Windows 7 system, or other operating system, such as, Windows 8/8.1/10 and early PC systems. All the Windows system files, installed programs, settings, will be transferred to the new one (a larger hard drive or solide state drive), no any re-installation. And ensure the new cloned hard drive bootable after the clone.

In addition, you may be able to enjoy some useful features, such as, Edit Partitions, SSD Alignment, Sector by sector clone, which can make the cloning process easier. For example, you can adjust the partition size of target disk with Edit Partitions to extend unallocated space at the end of disk.

Please download the AOMEI Backupper Professional 30-day free trial to have a try: (Clone features in the free trial can be demonstrated only, please upgrade to enjoy)

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Now, we will show you two ways to clone Windows 7 system partition. And both of them also applies to do system clone in Windows 7/8/10.

#1. Safely Perform System Clone in Windows 7

If you just want to move Windows 7 operating system to new hard drive or SSD, please do the following steps to safely clone system in Windows 7:

Note: The cloning operation will overwrite the data on the new hard drive or SSD. Thus, to avoid unexpected data loss, you need to backup important files on it in advance.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional, select System Clone under Clone tab.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Choose new hard drive or SSD you prepare as the destination, and click Next >>.

Choose Destination Partition

Step 3. (Optional) Tick SSD Alignment to optimize the performance for the SSD if the destination is a SSD disk. And press Start Clone to do Windows 7 system clone easily.

System Clone SSD Alignment Checked

To boot from the cloned hard drive or SSD:

  • Shut down your computer;

  • Please replace the original hard drive with the new cloned HDD or SSD, or change boot order in BIOS to set up the cloned disk as the first boot device;

  • Then restart to boot from the cloned disk.

That’s it.

#2. Clone Windows 7 Hard Drive to New Hard Drive or SSD

If you are intending to clone disk to larger disk including all the installed programs and personal data on the non-system partition, please refer to the instructions below:

Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional, select Clone > Disk Clone.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the hard drive including Windows 7 system as the source disk, click Next >>.

Choose Windows 7 Hard Drive

Step 3. Choose the larger HDD or SSD as the destination disk, and then press Next >>.

Choose Larger SSD

Then, you will be told that all the data on the destination will be deleted. Click OK to confirm the deletion during the cloning process and you want to clone a hard drive in Windows 7 to another.


Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment to improve performance of SSD disk if you are performing HDD to SSD clone and press Start Clone >> to clone hard drive with Windows 7 safely.

By default, the cloning software will clone only used sectors on the system partition or entire hard drive in Windows 7, which will ignore the bad sectors, unused sectors, etc.

Also, if you are sure your disk is health, you can choose to clone all sectors of it with Sector by Sector clone. It requires the destination disk is larger than source disk.

Disk Clone SSD Alignment Checked

The Epilogue

System clone in Windows 7 is quite easy with the help of AOMEI Backupper Professional. You can choose  to only clone Windows 7 system partition with System Clone or clone Windows 7 hard drive to new hard drive with Disk Clone.  Besides, you could use Partition Clone to move data from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

AOMEI Backupper Professional not only a hard drive cloning software but also a professional file synchronization software. As we all known, Windows 7 support has ended on January 14, 2020. If you get the extended security updates, you could stay with Windows 7 one more three years. Otherwise, try real-time sync to sync files in Windows 7 to keep a copy of your files.

If you are IT technicians and trying to manage backups or sync tasks for all clients from one central console, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper to enjoy.