By Emily / Last Updated July 15, 2020

About GParted

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.

How to clone partition via GParted?

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:

Before proceeding, please note:
1. The target partition you need to copy and paste is that partition is not mounted;
2. If the target partition is on a working system, please make sure it is mounted for the system to be working;
3. You cannot just install GParted and start to clone partition. You have to boot your computer from GParted Live CD.

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.

GParted Default Settings

Step 4. Next, you’ll get a screen asking about what keymap to use. By default, just select “Don’t touch keymap”.

Do Not 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.

Copy Partition

Step 7. Now, select a piece of unallocated space on your second disk. Right click it and choose the “Paste” Button.

Paste Partition

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.

Resize Copied Partition

Step 9. Once everything is done, click the “Paste” button. Then “Apply” to start cloning partition to SSD or HDD.

Cannot copy partition via GParted?

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.

Free GParted alternative to clone partition more easily

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.

This free partition manager can clone partition to smaller disk in all editions of Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista. Compared with GParted, you don’t have to make a bootable CD and perform the partition clone in the WinPE environment as long as you can boot into Windows successfully. So, the clone steps are much more simple. Moreover, it offers two different partition clone methods:
Clone Partition Quickly: only clone the used space of source partition to the destination partition or disk. This method allows cloning partition to smaller disk or drive.
Sector-by-Sector Clone: clone every sector (used and unused) from source partition to destination partition.

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Right click the target partition and select “Clone Partition”.

Clone Partition

Step 2. In this window, choose a proper partition clone method based on your situation.

Clone Partition Quickly

Step 3. Now, choose the destination unallocated space and click “OK”.

Select Destination Space

Step 4. Here you can resize the partition.

Resize Partition

Step 5. In the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.

Apply

See, within 5 simple steps, you can clone partition successfully when Windows is running.

✎Notes:
1. As for cloning Windows system partition, it is better to use “Migrate OS To SSD Wizard” of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
2. To clone Windows partition from MBR to GPT disk, GPT disk to MBR, or GPT to GPT, please upgrade to Professional edition.
3. To clone partition in Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

Final words

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.