How to Clone BitLocker Encrypted Hard Drive [Proven Way]

You can clone BitLocker drive to SSD or HDD in Windows 11, 10, 8, or, 7 via powerful and reliable hard drive cloning software – AOMEI Partition Assistant.


By Bryce / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Can you clone a BitLocker drive?



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 a BitLocker encrypted hard drive to SSD? Is there any advice on such a hard drive cloning task? Thanks in advance!”

BitLocker Drive Encryption, also known as BitLocker, is a standard feature in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is intended to protect your drive from unauthorized access and your data, even if someone physically removes your drive and tries to access it from another computer.

Because your drive is encrypted, when it comes to BitLocker drive cloning, regular cloning software may fail as it can’t access data on the drive.  Although it might seem like an impossible feat to clone Bitlocker encrypted hard drive, it can be done. Keep reading to get the proven way.

Best cloning software to clone Bitlocker drive

To clone BitLocker encrypted drive in Windows 10, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, reliable and powerful cloning software, should be your best choice. It's warmly welcomed by users because it can perfectly ease many cloning problems like coping disks with bad sectors.

This software allows you to clone BitLocker encrypted disk without unlocking the drive using the Sector-by-Sector Clone method. As this cloning method will copy all sectors including unused sectors, it requires that the capacity of the destination disk is not smaller than the capacity of the source BitLocker encrypted disk.

Tip: It works smoothly in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, XP, and Vista. If you are using Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008(R2), AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable.

[Stepwise] How to clone BitLocker drive to SSD or HDD in Windows 11/10/8/7

Once you decide to clone Bitlocker encrypted disk, the following tutorial will help you get it done in a fast and safe way.

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 see how to clone bitlocker drive!

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. In the main user console, go to Clone> Clone Disk.

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 the cloning operation. If you are satisfied, click Apply and Proceed to commit operation. This is the whole process of cloning BitLocker drive.

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 a 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 a BitLocker drive to SSD or HDD within a few steps. As comprehensive software, it provides many other useful functions. For example, it can convert to GPT 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 the C drive full problem.

Bryce · Staff Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.