By Emily / Last Updated December 2, 2022

What does clone partition mean?

Cloning partition can be also called copying partition, which is a process of copying whole partition data into another new partition or hard disk. After cloning, the destination partition will be loaded with the same data as the source partition. In brief, cloning a partition can help a full and faithful copy of the source partition in Windows 11/10/8/7.

In this way, you can get back important data by backup when your current hard drive fails. Besides, it is also a method of 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 partitions than copy files one by one that may cause programs or OS boot failure.

Does Windows 10 have cloning software?

When it comes to cloning partition on Windows 10, most users would ask: "Does Windows 10 have cloning software to help copy some partition?". Unfortunately, for the task of copying all contents from one partition to another, Windows 10 only offers a built-in option called System Image, which only allows you to create a complete replication of the OS drive and then restore it to another device. Briefly, Windows 10 only offers the way to create a system drive image, not provide any cloning feature.

Freeware to clone partition on Windows 10 (Win 11 also supported)

From the above, we know a professional partition cloning tool is necessary for flexibly cloning a partition in Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7. Among all available disk/partition clone tools on the market today, we highly recommend the freeware: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It allows you to duplicate partitions or volumes in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 11/10/8/7 for free.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard provides two different methods to clone partition for different requirements:

✦Clone Partition Quickly: Copy all existing files from one partition to another partition or hard disk. In this method, the total space of the destination location should be large enough to hold all existing files on the original partition.
✦Sector-by-Sector Clone: Copy all sectors from the source partition to the destination partition, including bad sectors, used sectors, and blank sectors. It can ensure the destination partition is exactly the same as the source partition.  Of course, this method requires that the target partition should be larger than the partition being cloned.

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▶ Preparations before cloning partition on Windows 10

Before cloning the disk partition via the free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, please make the following preparations:

If you will clone partition to another different hard disk, make sure the hard disk is connected to your Windows 10 computer and it is detected successfully. To connect the new disk, you may need a USB adapter cable or install the second hard drive.

USB Adapter

Make sure there is unallocated space on the destination disk because only the unallocated space can be cloned during the process. If there is not, you can create one by deleting or shrinking partition.

If it is a new disk, you need to initialize it first. To avoid changing boot mode, please set the partition style (MBR or GPT) to be the same as the source disk.

▶ 5 steps to clone partition in Windows PC for free

Learn the following five steps to clone a partition from the one disk to another on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

Step 1. Launch the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Right-click the partition you need to clone and select “Clone Partition”.

Clone Partition

Step 2. In this window, select a proper cloning method and click “Next”. Here we select the first method.

Clone Partition Quickly

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".

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Now, you can resize partition as you need or just skip it and keep the default settings.

Resize Partition

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

Proceed

▶ How to clone boot partition on Windows PC

Above is about how to clone data partition to another hard disk in Windows 10. To clone system partition, free edition only support to clone it from the MBR disk to MBR. If you need to clone it from the MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT, you should upgrade to Professional Edition.

In addition, other advanced feature named “Migrate OS to SSD”  is more recommended, which can migrate system partition and other OS-related partitions to another drive and ensure a smooth boot from the cloned drive then.

Step 1. Click “Migrate OS to SSD” and click “Next” in the pop-out window.

migrate-os-to-ssd

Step 2. Select an unallocated space on the target hard disk and click “Next”.

select-space-on-ssd

Step 3. Here, you can resize partition on the destination disk and hit on “Next” to continue.

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Step 4. Read the note on how to boot OS from the destination disk and click “Finish”.

note

Step 5. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.

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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.

Change Boot Order

Summary

With the help of free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, cloning partition in Windows 10 is an easy thing. 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 2022/2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003 users, etc.