By Dervish / Last Updated September 27, 2022

Why do you need to clone hard drive?

Clone hard disk is the process of migrating all data of one hard disk to another hard disk. In other words, it is a copy of the disk. The cloned data can run normally in the new hard disk. People usually want to clone hard drive in Windows 10 or Windows 11 for the following reasons:

1. Use SSD to replace HDD for faster reading and writing speed.
2. Replace the failed hard drive with a good one.
3. Efficiently transfer all data from one disk to another to backup.

Freeware for cloning hard drive in Windows 11/10/8/7

To clone hard drive to SSD/HDD, a reliable cloning software is necessary. I suggest you use AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which is one of the best cloning software on the market. It is not only completely free, but also very simple to use, which is very suitable for beginners. It provides two cloning methods: fast disk cloning and sector-by-sector cloning. The former only copies the used space on the hard disk, while the latter copies all sectors on the hard disk.

If the PC you are about to clone cannot start normally, you can even clone hard drive from boot. In addition, it has many other popular features. For example, merge partitions to expand the size of partitions, and migrate Windows OS to other disks.

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☞ For cloning a system disk, please upgrade to Professional edition.
☞ All data on the destination disk will be erased during the clone, so please back up anything required before clone.

How to clone hard drive with free partition magic

In this part, I will show you the specific steps of clone hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant. 

Before cloning hard drive, you should connect the new hard drive or SSD to your computer. You can install the drive in your computer as a second drive or connect it via SATA-to-USB adapter as an external drive.

Step 1. Launch this free HDD clone software. Click "Disk Clone" under the left menu.

Disk Copy

Step 2. In the pop-up window, select disk clone method and click "Next" to continue. In our case, we choose "Clone Disk Quickly".

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Disk 1 is selected as the source disk by default. Choose the target disk (a new hard drive or SSD to receive clone contents of the source disk) and click "Next" to continue.

Select Destination

Step 4. The next page tells you how to boot the operating system from the destination disk. Then, edit partitions on the destination disk if you want to.

Edit Disk

Step 5. You can preview the operations you did. To save the changes, you must click "Apply" on the toolbar.


Step 6. After clicking Apply, a window will pop up, listing the "Pending Operations". Confirm the operations you did and click "Proceed" to execute.


Did you see? This is how we do to clone hard drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant. If you are Windows Server users, you should choose AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. It was designed for Server user, can solve various problems in Windows Server quickly and timel.