How to Clone the Boot Drive of Windows 10 to Another HDD/SSD

Lucien updated on Jun 19, 2022 to Disk Clone


With the increasing popularity of Windows 10, I also upgraded the Windows 10 system some time ago. The overall feeling is pretty good. But after using it for a short time, the computer often crashes and the blue screen. After scanning the disk with the partition tool, it was found that it had a bad track. There's no way but to replace the hard disk. But there is a problem: how to efficiently and safely clone the system partition on my original disk to the new disk and ensure the expected startup of the system has become a complex problem. After searching the Internet, I found several methods and decided to try one by one.

Method 1: Ghost on Windows 10

Clone the system through ghost on Wndows 10. Ghost is outdated software, and it needs to enter the BIOS for some settings to start the program. For ordinary users with little experience, this method is too professional and challenging to succeed. Moreover, the interface has been relatively old. After the successful cloning, there was a problem with two system partitions, so I firmly gave up the product.

Method 2:  Reinstall A New Windows

You can reinstall a new Windows 10 system on the new disk. This method is relatively stable, but it takes a long time. You need to make a startup USB flash disk first and then change the disk startup order. And the data on my original disk will not be transferred to the new disk. After consideration, this method can only be used as an alternative option. Without additional installation work, I hope to clone the original system to the target disk.

Method 3: Backup and Restore the Windows

Use backup and restore software. This method aims at the files on the disk, which can not be cloned sector by sector. In this way, it can not ensure that all files are copied to the target disk correctly, and the two steps of backup and restore take about the same time. I think the efficiency is low.

Method 4: Disk Cloning Software to Copy Boot Drive

On the recommendation of my friends, I downloaded a lightweight software called DMclone. The installation package size is less than 100m. The smooth installation process gives me a glimmer of hope. Then I checked the details of this software on the software's official website. It supports the function of windows 10 system cloning. I followed the software wizard step by step. Finally, after about 20 minutes of cloning time, I successfully cloned the original system to the target system, and there was no need to do other operations. After pulling out the original disk, the new system started successfully. Here, I will share this using process with more partners who need to clone boot drive windows 10.

Learn the detailed methods to clone the Windows boot drive

Step 1: Select clone source and clone target.

Select a disk or partition as the clone source in the pop-up clone window. The target can be an empty disk or unallocated space as the clone target. Click next.

Disk cloning software

Step 2: Edit the destination disk layout.

To edit the cloned target disk layout, you can select auto fit disk layout, clone as the source disk, or manually edit disk layout.

select target disk

Step 3: Perform cloning.

After confirmation, click "execute" to start the cloning process.

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1. Cloning a drive will first delete everything on the target disk. Please back up important data in advance.

2. Make sure the target disk has enough space to save all the data on the source disk, and clone Windows 10 / 11 to the new hard disk, especially the smaller ones. Otherwise, the cloning process will fail.

3. Laptops also use the same steps. You can connect the target disk through a USB hard disk box and then clone it to the disk. After cloning, you can disassemble the notebook and replace it with a new disk.

4. Some users complain that the newly cloned hard disk cannot start after the cloning process is completed. The first thing you should check is the boot sequence. It may be a boot mode problem (UEFI / BIOS) if it is correct. If you clone GPT to MBR disk, you must change from UEFI to legacy in the Startup menu (and vice versa).