Why clone partition in Windows 10?
Cloning partition can be also called copying partition, which is a process of moving whole partition data into another new partition or hard disk. There are many reasons why you might want to make a copy of a partition in Windows 10/8/7.
The first and foremost one is to make a backup so that you can quickly get back important data when your hard drive fails. The second one might be transferring a large amount of data more conveniently and safely. For example, when you want to move everything including installation packs from one partition to another hard disk volume, SSD, HDD or other hard drives, it’s better to clone partition than copying files one by one which may cause programs or OS failure.
Free software to clone partition in Windows 10/8/7
Now, you might wonder "can Windows 10 clone partition". Sorry to tell, “NO”. Microsoft has not ever provided such a cloning tool in Windows. Although you can copy files from one drive to another by dragging and dropping, it is not advised especially when it contains some boot files.
Therefore, in order to make a complete clone of the original partition, which contains some hidden stuff such as partition table, you need to use specialist partition clone software. Here we bring the free software: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to duplicate partitions or volumes in 32-bit and 64-bit of Windows 10/8/7 for free. Moreover, this software provides the following two different partition cloning methods to meet different demands:
❆Clone Partition Quickly: copy all existing files from one partition to another partition or hard disk. In this method, the total space of destination location should be large enough to hold all existing files on the original partition.
❆Sector-by-Sector Clone: copy all available files and lost/deleted files from the source partition to destination space. So the target disk space should surpass the total space of the source partition.
Five steps to free clone disk partition in Windows PC
Before cloning disk partition via free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, please make some preparations:
① Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and install it on your Windows PC.
② Make sure there is unallocated space on the destination disk because only the unallocated space can be selected during the process. If there is not, you can create one by deleting or shrinking partition.
③ If there are running programs in the partition which you want to clone, this software will advise you to close them or execute this operation under PreOS Mode.
Step 1. Launch the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Right-click the partition you need to clone and select “Clone Partition”.
Step 2. In this window, select a proper cloning method and click “Next”. Here we select the first method.
Step 3. Choose an unallocated space and click "Next" to continue. If you are cloning partition to SSD drive, you can tick the option "Optimize the performance of SSD".
Step 4. Now, you can resize partition as you need or just skip it and keep the default settings.
Step 5. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.
How to clone boot partition in Windows 10/8/7?
Above is about how to clone data partition to another hard disk in Windows 10. But some users are looking to clone system partition to SSD or HDD. For this task, you can also use the “Clone Partition” feature: right-click the system partition, select “Clone Partition” and follow the instructions. But its another feature named “Migrate OS to SSD” is more recommended for this cloning task, which can migrate system partition and other OS-related partitions to another hard drive so as to ensure a smooth boot from the cloned drive then.
Step 1. Click “Migrate OS to SSD” and click “Next” in the pop-out window.
Step 2. Select an unallocated space on the target hard disk and click “Next”.
Step 3. Here, you can resize partition on the destination disk and hit on “Next” to continue.
Step 4. Read the note on how to boot OS from the destination disk and click “Finish”.
Step 5. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.
After cloning the boot partition in Windows 10, you need to enter BIOS setup to change boot order to boot computer from the destination disk.
Importance: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can only support migrating or cloning boot partition to SSD/HDD between MBR and MBR disk. If you are planning to clone boot partition between MBR and GPT, or GPT and GPT disk, please upgrade to Professional Edition.
With the help of free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, cloning partition in Windows 10, even cloning the system partition, efi partition or recovery partition can be as easy as A, B, C. Apart from cloning a specific partition on a hard disk, it also permits you to wholly clone hard disk. And it provides special AOMEI Partition Assistant Server for Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003 users,etc.