How to Clone Partition using GParted Step by Step?
Here are detailed steps of how to clone partition via GParted in Windows 10/8/7.
According to the Wikipedia, GParted is the abbreviation of GNOME Partition Editor. It is an official GNOME partition-editing application. It enables you to change the partition organization on a disk device while preserving the contents of the partition. It can work on x86and x86-64 based computer with Linux, Windows, or Mac OSX operating system by booting from media containing GParted Live. And a minimum of 320 MB of RAM is needed to use all features of the GParted.
With free GParted application, you can create, delete, resize, move, check and copy disk partitions and their file systems. These functions are quite useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks, and mirroring one partition with another disk imaging.
From above introduction, we can easily know that GParted is able to clone partition. To accomplish this task, it uses the mouse gesture of copy and paste. Besides, GParted copy partitions at the filesystem-level, so it is capable of cloning different target-size partition for the same source as long as the size of the source filesystems does not surpass the size of target partition. Now, let’s take a look at how to copy partition to another drive with GParted:
Step 1. Download GParted ISO files and burn it to a CD.
Step 2. Put the GParted Live CD into your computer CD drive. Boot Windows computer from the CD by changing boot order.
Step 3. Once you boot to GParted, you’ll get the below screen. It should be set to GParted Live by default.
Step 4. Next, you’ll get a screen asking about what keymap to use. By default, just select “Don’t touch keymap”.
Step 5. Then go for the default language, mode and other settings and press Enter.
Step 6. Then the GParted window will open. Then right click the partition you want to copy and select “Copy” button from the drop-down menu.
Step 7. Now, select a piece of unallocated space on your second disk. Right click it and choose the “Paste” Button.
Step 8. When you click the Paste button, a new window will open that requires you to define how much of the unallocated space to use. If it is not enough, you can resize the partition to make more room.
Step 9. Once everything is done, click the “Paste” button. Then “Apply” to start cloning partition to SSD or HDD.
Although GParted claims to be able to clone partition to another hard drive, sometimes it fails especially when cloning partition to smaller disk. Below is a real user case:
“I am trying to two partitions (partition 1 size is 900 GB while partition 2 size is around 14GB) to a new disk. I can copy the contents of the smaller partition from the old disk to the new one. Their partition sizes are similar. But I cannot copy the 900GB partition from the old drive to the new 500GB partition no matter what I try. The “Paste” function is grayed out and won’t let me do it. Any idea, please?”.
To solve “GParted cannot copy partition to smaller disk” problem, the most effective and direct solution might be shrinking the source partition size down to meet the destination partition size. Besides this issue, some users also report that they cannot boot from GParted Live CD.
Since cloning partition via GParted involves too many steps and it won’t work sometimes, many users are searching for an alternative to GParted that can clone (Windows) partition to SSD/HDD more easily and effectively. Here we highly recommended AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Right click the target partition and select “Clone Partition”.
Step 2. In this window, choose a proper partition clone method based on your situation.
Step 3. Now, choose the destination unallocated space and click “OK”.
Step 4. Here you can resize the partition.
Step 5. In the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.
See, within 5 simple steps, you can clone partition successfully when Windows is running.
In this article, we not only tells how to clone partition via GParted step by step, but also provides a free alternative to clone (bootable) partition easily when GParted cannot copy partition successfully. If you are not familiar with GParted, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a great choice. It is far more than a cloning tool. It is also a free MBR to GPT converter, SD card repair tool, etc.