How to Clone NTFS Hard Drive?

Coco Lin
Written byCoco LinUpdated on Apr 14, 2024
Gerhard Chou
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Summary: If you want to clone a NTFS hard drive to a larger one or a new SSD, Donemax Disk Clone can help you complete the cloning of NTFS disks easily and safely.


Can I clone a NTFS hard drive?

For Windows users, you can easily know the that NTFS hard drive is commonly used. NTFS hard drive can be used as system drive or data drive for Windows. Also, you can format an external hard drive, USB flash drive or SD card as NTFS to use.

If you use NTFS hard drive on your computer, you may need to clone NTFS hard drive sometimes:

1. Upgrade to a larger hard disk: With the use of NTFS drive, the original disk stores a large amount of data, and the hard disk space may be insufficient. Hard disk cloning can meet this need.

2. For better performance: If you clone a hard drive to an SSD in NTFS file system, which has faster reading and writing speed, it helps to improve your computer's performance.

3. Back up important data: Cloning a NTFS hard drive can create a backup of all your data and ensure that you don't lose any data or settings.

4. Easy Migration: Cloning a hard drive makes it easy to migrate OS and data to a new computer without reinstalling OS if you're switching from an old computer to a new one.

Of course, you can easily accomplish a NTFS hard disk cloning job If you choose the right method, especially, if you you want to copy your system drive to a new one.

Copy data drive on NTFS hard Drive: to copy all the data on the NTFS drive, just select all the data and press "Ctrl+C" to copy them, and then paste to the destination disk by "Ctrl+V".
Copy system drive or entire hard disk on NTFS hard drive: something like system info, boot info, partition info and disk layout can't be copied by manual, it can be accomplished by a NTFS hard disk cloning software.

Best hard drive cloning software to clone NTFS hard drive

To clone the entire NTFS hard drive effectively, we will suggest you use a reliable hard drive clone software - Donemax Disk Clone. It can help you to clone NTFS hard drive in different cases. No matter you want to clone the entire disk or just the partition, the software is able to achieve your goal. It provides two clone modes: Disk Clone and Partition clone. Then you can clone your NTFS hard drive to a new one exactly without reinstalling Windows OS and programs.

How to clone NTFS hard drive step by step?

Donemax Disk Clone is a NTFS cloning software that can be easily operated. You can follow the wizard to clone your NTFS hard drive in only a few clicks. We will show you how to clone entire NTFS disk.

Step 1. Select the source NTFS disk to clone and the right destination drive.

Please check and ensure to choose the correct disks to clone. All the data on the destination disk will be erased after cloning.

Select the NTFS hard drive to clone

Step 2. Preview and change the disk layout on destination disk.

Preview of the disk layout on the destination disk after cloning. Also you can drag the bar to adjust the partition size.

Adjust the partition size on cloned NTFS hard drive

Step 3. Finish the cloning progress and check the cloned disk.

Please click the Clone button to continue. It will clone your NTFS hard drive to the new hdd or SSD completely. Once the clone is done, please check the data on the destination disk.

Check the NTFS cloning result

Note: 1. If you want to replace the system drive, we suggest you clone the entire NTFS disk by Disk Clone.

2. If you want to keep all the data and partition layout on the destination disk completely, you can tick the option Sector by sector clone. Then you get a cloned disk that is exactly the same as the source NTFS drive.

How to clone a partition on NTFS hard drive?

There are only 3 simple steps to clone a NTFS partition as following.

Step 1. Select the source and destination NTFS partitions.

Please choose your NTFS partition as source and select an empty partition or unallocated space as destination to clone.

Select a NTFS partition to clone

Step 2. Check or change the partition layout before cloning.

After clicking the Next button, you will get into this step. Please preview the layout first and resize the partition if necessary.

Check NTFS partition layout

Step 3. Finish the partition cloning process.

Please click the Clone button to proceed the partition cloning. Also, please check the cloned partition to see if it is successful after cloning the NTFS partition.

check the cloned NTFS partition after cloning


Donemax Disk Clone is able to clone any other types of NTFS device in Windows such as cloning SSD, HDD, USB drive, SD card, etc. If you you want to update your system drive with a new one or copy an entire disk, it's better to clone the hard drive directly to avoid reinstalling your operating system and apps with this NTFS hard drive cloning software. You can boot from the cloned new hard drive as system drive directly to continue using your computer the same as the before. It can clone FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT, and other hard drive.


Yes, a sector-level clone can help you copy the source NTFS drive to the destination disk for an exact copy even if there are bad sectors on the original. It's an easy task to make a sector-by-sector clone by check the box before Sector by sector clone during the cloning process using Donemax Disk Clone.
Follow the steps to move Windows OS to a new hard drive:
  1. Install or connect the new hard drive
  2. Download and install Donemax Disk Clone on your PC
  3. Launch the software and select Disk Clone
  4. Select the system disk as source and the new drive as destination
  5. Check the disk layout of the new NTFS drive. You can resize its partitions according to your need.
  6. Click "Next" to apply clone
  7. After cloning, set to boot Windows from the new hard drive
Coco Lin
Contributing Writer

Coco Lin

Coco has been a writer and a chief programmer at Donemax software since 2018. Over 10 years of experience of writing troubleshooting articles in the software industry, she is passionate about programming and loves to providing solutions to Windows and Mac users. Also she enjoys music and palying tennis in her free time.

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