By Bryce / Last Updated September 28, 2021


“I have a computer that is running Windows 10. My current hard disk drive is encrypted with BitLocker, now I want to clone it to a larger newly purchased SSD, so that I can replace it without reinstallation. I know that cloning a disk without encryption is not tough, but I have no idea about how to clone BitLocker encrypted hard disk drive to SSD? Is there any advice on such hard drive cloning task? Thanks in advance!”

Clone BitLocker drive via great cloning software

When it comes to BitLocker drive cloning, regular cloning software may fail as it can’t access data on the drive. Fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, reliable and powerful cloning software, allows you to clone BitLocker encrypted disk without unlocking the drive using Sector-by-Sector Clone method. It works smoothly in Windows 10/8.1/8/7, XP, and Vista. If you are using Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008(R2), AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable.

As this cloning method will copy all sectors including unused sectors, it requires that the capacity of the destination disk not smaller than the capacity of the source BitLocker encrypted disk. Now, let’s have a closer look at how it works.

Step 1. Connect destination disk to your computer and make sure it can be detected by the operating system. All data on this selected destination will be wiped out after this operation; you’d better back up important files on it at first.

Note: It's available to free download the demo version of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to have a try at first!

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Step 2. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. In the main user console, go to All Tools> Disk Clone Wizard.

Clone System Disk

Step 3. In the pop-up window, choose Sector-by-Sector Clone between two listed methods and click Next button.

Clone System Disk Full

Step 4. In this screen, choose the BitLocker encrypted hard drive that you want to clone as source disk (here is Disk 1). Then, click Next icon.

Select Source Disk Clone System Disk Full

Step 5. In this window, choose your destination disk (here is Disk 2) and click Yes> Next.

Select Destination Disk Clone System Disk Full

Then, you’ll get a Note about how to boot OS from the target disk. Read it and keep it in mind. Click Finish.


Step 6. You’ll return to its main interface where you can preview the result of cloning operation. If you are satisfied, click Apply and Proceed to commit operation.

Apply Proceed Clone System Disk

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional supports you to clone various hard drives belonging to different brands, including Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate, etc.
To clone hard drive without encryption to a smaller SSD/HDD, choose Clone Disk Quickly method, which will only copy used sectors on the source hard drive.

Final words

Obviously, with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can clone BitLocker encrypted drive to SSD or HDD within a few steps. As comprehensive software, it provides many other useful functions. For example, it can create bootable USB drive and rebuild MBR, enabling you to repair boot failure out of corrupted MBR; it can extend C drive without deleting partition, helping you to solve C drive full problem.