By Ivy / Last update August 4, 2021


How do I make a bootable Windows 7 clone?

Generally speaking, if your computer that is running slowly, or there is no sufficient space for you to install programs, store data or run applications. Or worried about the disk will be damaged somehow. You might consider to clone your Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit system to another larger hard drive or SSD. Then, your computer will run smoothly and get more storage to use. Then how to perform a Windows 7 bootable clone?


Won't Boot After Cloning?

Many users complained about the Windows 7 won’t boot after cloned, it might be caused by winload.efi missing after clone or just cloned a partial of boot partitions or boot files. 

Windows Failed to Start

Here is how to fix the error:

  • Prepare a Windows 7 recovery disc, then boot from it.

  • Choose Repair your computer, then the recovery tools will automatically running, and identify if there problems to starting Windows 7, then Windows found problems with your computer’s startup options window open.

  • Click Repair and restart, and the boot files will be fixed.

Then check if the problem is solved.

Or Use Windows 7 recovery disc, and choose to Command Prompt in Advanced.

Input the following commands and execute in turn:

  • diskpart

  • list volume

  • select volume X (X is Windows partition or boot partition)

  • assign letter w (w should be the drive letter that does not in use)

  • exit (exit diskpart)

  • bcdboot X:\Windows /s w: /f UEFI (X is the partition letter that contains the Windows folder)

  • reboot system (select the new boot option if more than one)

  • msconfig (Boot - leave only the c:\Windows option)


Best Way to Create Windows 7 Bootable Clone

Why you got Windows 7 cloned and boot it failed? Maybe you should try the best disk clone software – AOMEI Backupper Professional. It’s available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, etc. It allows you to clone Windows 7/8/10 to new computer or new hard drive and make it bootable, then straight boot from that bootable clone disk without bootable USB or CD/DVD.

If you want to run all the programs that installed and settings you set up after cloning, try Disk Clone function to clone all the data and system files on your system hard drive; If you want to run a refresh new computer after cloning, it’s highly recommended that you clone Windows 7 to new hard drive. The same is true for cloning Windows 10 to new hard drive.

Steps to Create Windows 7 bootable clone

Now, follow the instructions to perform Windows 7 bootable clone (system clone), before you do, download AOMEI Backupper, and prepare the following items:

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  • Prepare an external larger HDD or SSD.

  • Windows 7 installed computer.

1. Run AOMEI Backupper Professional, go Refresh icon at the right upper corner of this window to make sure the program detects the latest information of your Windows 7 hard drive.

2. Go Clone tab, and select System Clone afterwards.

Choose System Clone

Tip: If you want to make an exact copy of original hard drive, you can choose to clone hard drive to SSD or HDD with Disk Clone feature.

3. Choose the external larger HDD/SSD to save Windows 7 system files, and then click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

✦ Tip: The AOMEI Backupper will notify you that the external hard drive will be wiped out and all the data in that drive will be lost. Please backup critical data on that drive first. Otherwise, click Yes.

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4. View all the details about the Windows 7 bootable clone, and then click Start Clone to commit all the information.

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✦ Tips:
Sector by sector clone: If you check this option, make sure your external hard drive is equal to or larger than the current partitions associated with system files.
❉ SSD Alignment: choose this option if you are cloning hard drive is an SSD drive, check it to optimize for your SSD and its performance.
❉ Above steps also apply to Windows 10 bootable cloning.
❉ You could also use the Disk Clone feature to clone a hard drive in Windows 7.

After a few minutes, Windows 7 operating system will be cloned to new hard drive without losing data. And the external hard drive now is a bootable clone disk, you could take out the current hard drive and replace it with the external hard drive; change the boot order in BIOS, then boot from this Windows 7 bootable clone disk to work normally, and it’s apparently bootable.

Summing Up

Besides, you could also create bootable media just in case of the system boot failure due to some unexpected errors.

AOMEI Backupper Professional owns more useful features that you might be interested, like real time files sync, dissimilar hardware restore, migrate OS to smaller SSD, create differential and incremental backups, schedule backup, etc.

AOMEI provides you different versions of AOMEI Backupper, for server users or technicians, try Technician Plus edition, and here is an additional feature that increase your income (billable technical services to your clients), etc.