By AOMEI / Last Updated November 20, 2019

Do you plan to upgrade your computers current hard drive with a bigger one in the future? Most Windows 10 users will plan on doing this at some point in the future and when they do so they want to be sure that they can transfer their current system, applications, and useful data to the bigger hard drive. This way there’s no need for them to reinstall all of their applications and settings again.

How can they do this? Will they manually copy all of the files and applications one-by-one? I doubt most users will want to consider this option as it is both extremely time-consuming and easy to miss important files. So, what can they do to avoid this? Fortunately, there is now a convenient way for you to solve this problem in Windows 10 by cloning the hard drive. This will enable you to copy your current hard over to the new one, without transferring the files manually.

How to clone hard disk on Windows 10? The answer is using a free hard drive cloning software -AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which devotes in disk management. In general, it has these merits:

  • Support cloning larger hard drives to smaller SSDs or HDDs with its ‘Clone Disk Quickly’ feature.

  • It has a make bootable media function so that you could perform operations without loading up the operating system.

  • It supports SSD partition alignment, which will improve the new SSD's performance if you clone a hard drive to an SSD.

This specialist tool also allows you to easily manage your disk partitions. Now, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to clone a hard drive in Windows 10.

Step 1. Download this free software, install it, and open it. Choose Disk Clone Wizard under ‘All Tools’ on the left-hand menu.


Step 2. Select Clone Disk Quickly and then click Next.

Copy Methods


  • Clone Disk Quickly allows you to only copy the used space on the disk.

  • Sector-by-Sector Clone allows you to copy all the sectors of the disk whether they are in use or not.

Step 3. Choose the hard drive you want to clone as the resource disk (e.g. Disk1) and then click Next.

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the destination disk (Disk 2) and click Next.

Target One

Step 5. Click Yes to perform the operation.

Step 6. (Optional) If you cloned system hard drive and want to boot from the cloned drive, you may need to change boot order in BIOS or replace old hard drive with the new cloned one.


  • Deleted or lost files can only be copied to the destination hard drive with the ‘Sector-by-Sector Clone’ method.

  • If the hard drive you want to copy contains a system/boot partition, then the operation will need to be completed using ‘PreOS Mode’.

  • You can choose to ‘Optimize the performance of SSD’ in Step 4 to improve the read and write speeds of the drive if the selected destination disk is an SSD.


It is a well-acknowledged fact that Disk Management in Windows 10 can’t assist you with cloning your hard disk in a quick or efficient manner. However, with the assistance of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition you will be able to quickly and efficiently clone your drive without losing any data. This free but professional software also doubles up as the perfect partition manager! Why wait? Why not try AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition now?