By Bryce / Last Updated March 9, 2022

How can I copy a hidden partition to another hard drive?

“My Dell computer comes along with a hidden recovery partition, which occupies my disk space. To free up space, I plan to get rid of it. But my friend told me that it can be used to restore my Windows to the original state if system crashes. Thus, I want to copy the hidden partition to my USB external hard drive and delete it on my local disk. Supposed that the operating system is damaged, I can restore it using USB with recovery partition inserted. However, I have no idea how to copy a hidden recovery partition to USB. Is there any advice?”

Freeware for cloning (hidden) partition in Windows 11/10/8/7

To securely clone hidden partition like recovery partition, you can use the free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (support all editions of Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8. 7, XP and Vista). It is featured with Partition Clone function, enabling you to transfer all data saved on a hidden recovery partition, hidden reserved partition, data partition, or system partition to new drive. What's more, it allows you to clone all partitions from one disk to another without losing data via Disk Clone function.

Copy hidden partition to another hard drive step-by-step

Before cloning hidden partition to USB, SSD, or HDD, you need to know:

▪ Only unallocated space can be chosen as the target location. If there is no unallocated space on the target disk, you can resize partition or delete unused partitions to get unallocated space.
▪ The capacity of the unallocated space on the destination disk shall not be smaller than the used space of the hidden partition.

Now, you can connect the target disk to your computer, free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, and check out the following steps.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Install and run the software. Right-click the hidden partition that you want to clone to another hard drive and select Clone Partition.

Copy Partition Recovery

Step 2. There are two available copy methods for you to choose from. Click Next after making a decision.

Select Copy Partition Method Recovery

Step 3. Select an unallocated space on the target disk and click Next. If you copy hidden partition to SSD, please check Optimize the performance of SSD.

Copy Recovery Partition to USB

Step 4. Here you can resize the size and adjust the location of the partition. Then, hit Finish.

Resize Partition on USB

Step 5. Now, you can preview the result. Click Apply and Proceed if you are satisfied.

Apply Copy Recovery Partition to USB


With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can copy hidden partition or unhidden partition to another hard drive within few steps. If you want to enjoy more advanced features of it, such as converting system disk between MBR and GPT, allocating free space from one partition to another and so on, you can upgrade to Professional version.