If you prepare to upgrade your Windows 8 hard drive, you firmly
would clone the previous drives completely at first. What's worth mentioning here is the
files in the system partition can not merely be dragged to a new partition, because by
doing like that, perhaps you can not start your computer normally. Therefore, capable
third party clone software plays a significant part here. As a magic partition tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is
strongly recommended to aid you clone hard drive the system partition as well as other
partitions. Moreover, it has other powerful features, such as, Resize Partition, Merge
Partitions, Split Partition, and more useful features.
With the increase of the user need in cloning the partition and cloning a previous
hard drive to a new one, nearly all of the partition software has the clone feature
now. Some of the software is not free of charge, but free software-AOMEI Partition
Assistant Standard can help you resolve the clone partition task securely and
Moreover, it has two options for you to reach the goal, "Copy Disk Quickly" and
"Sector-by-sector Copy". You can choose either of them based on your need. In
addition, it works with both 32 bit and 64 bit version of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and
As what has been mentioned above, different clone method has different requirement on
the unallocated space. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard offers you with two ways
to clone disk in Windows 10, you can choose the suitable one depending on the size
of unallocated space on your destination disk.
Copy Disk Quickly: The size of the unallocated space must be equal or
larger than the size of the used part in the source drive.
Sector-by-sector Copy: The size of the unallocated space must be equal or
larger than the size of the source drive.
Notes: when you clone the disk that has the system partition, the operation will be
completed automatically by the computer under the PreOS mode (restarting mode).
Next, it is an example of cloning Disk 1 (source disk) to Disk 2 (destination
Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. And then, click
"Disk Copy Wizard" in the left panel.
Step2: Choose Copy Disk Quickly and then click Next.
Step3: Choose the source disk (Disk 1) and then click Next.
Step4: Select Disk 2 as destination disk, and then click Next.
Step5: Make sure you have set the entire things right, click Yes.
Step6: Click "Apply".
enables you to backup system/files/partition is alsois also fully compatible
with Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7/Vista and the steps of cloning hard
drive in Windows 8.1 are the same as those to clone Windows 8 hard drive.
As you can see in the picture, the size of Disk 2 is larger than Disk 1, if the
size of Disk 2 is smaller than Disk 1. Therefore, only if the size of the used
part in Disk 1 is equal or smaller than the size of Disk 2 you can complete the
task of clone hard disk
Apart from the function of clone disk, AOMEI Partition has many other functions, so
download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard
Edition and check it out.